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Join the Schiele Explorers on our next adventure to South West France!


September 19 - 28, 2019


This fall, embark on an unforgettable journey to experience the charming villages, geologic splendor, and rich archeological history of South West France.  Join Dr. Ann Tippitt to explore the pastoral landscapes of the Dordogne and the Lot—a lost corner of France that time seems to have passed by. Beneath these dramatic landscapes dotted with picturesque chateaus, vineyards, forests and rivers, lies a more enduring footprint—that of Cro-Magnon who lived 40,000 years ago and whose cave dwellings litter the region. From our base in Sarlat-la-Canéda, we’ll visit some of the most significant of these subterranean marvels. Our journey south to Montaubon offers a more intimate view of this very rural and deeply rooted slice of France, home to plentiful culinary delights. Savor famous black truffles, lamb and delicate little discs of goat cheese called cabécou—all complemented with the region’s delectable wines. Join us!


View the Itinerary and pricing for the France Trip here: Schiele Explorers France Excursion

Trip is limited to 25 participants. 

Ready to sign up or have questions?

Contact Elysabeth Utick at 704.836.0020 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Museum News

Here you can find recent news publications and announcements about The Schiele Museum. Stay up to date with our events and happenings by signing up for our e-newsletter.

Local Entomologist’s Research Published

What’s an entomologist you ask? An entomologist is the name for a person who studies insects! Dawn Flynn, an entomologist at The Schiele Museum, recently had two articles published, one of which is the first of a four-part series. As an entomologist, one of Dawn’s goals in studying arthropods is to make people more aware of their local environment and the creatures that help keep it healthy. Insecta Mundi published Dawn’s findings of a local treehopper species, Entylia carinata, which can be found in Belmont, NC. Click here to read the full article.


Celebrating Over 30 Years at The Schiele Museum

After dedicating more than thirty years to the museum, Schiele Program Specialist Suzanne Simmons will be retiring this spring. Visitors who have attended recent museum events, such as Harvest Day or Colonial Christmas, have been able to experience the exceptional quality, detail, and enthusiasm that Suzanne invests into programs. We are grateful to Suzanne for her many contributions to the museum and we wish her all the best as she begins a new adventure.


Planetarium Director Named 2019 NASA Solar System Ambassador

If you’ve attended a planetarium program at The Schiele Museum in the past year, odds are that you’ve met our planetarium director, Will Snyder. Will has been selected to be an official NASA Solar System Ambassador for 2019. Will is one of approximately 100 educators who were chosen to represent NASA’s program.

2019 Schiele Summer Camps

Available for rising 1st - 8th graders, summer camp at The Schiele Museum is a unique experience full of excitement for exploring science and the natural world. Participants can look forward to hands-on activities and a variety of learning experiences within the museum, outdoors on the Nature trail, and on carefully selected trips in the local community.


View the 2019 Summer Camp Guide

Schiele Members have exclusive access to camp registration; registration for non-members begins March 1st. Interested in becoming a Schiele Member? Click here to learn more!


How to Sign Up for Schiele Summer Camps:

Step 1. Choose the camps you would like to attend from the 2019 Summer Camp Guide.

Step 2. Call Lana DuPont at 704.854.6676 to reserve your camp spot. Please note, payment is required in full to reserve a camp spot.

Step 3. Complete and return the registration forms (these will be emailed to you).


Contact Lana DuPont at 704.854.6676 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions regarding summer camp registration.


Rent the schiele


We pride ourselves on the beautiful spaces within The Schiele Museum and we'll be happy to work with you to bring your special event to the museum! Birthday parties, weddings, receptions, corporate meetings, and many more events can find the perfect setup at a reasonable price with The Schiele Museum. 

A gathering beneath the stars of the Lynn Planetarium can certainly give things a dreamy twist, but a soirée at the feet of the T. rex makes for an event of truly epic proportions. From corporate breakfasts nestled in North Carolina habitats to romantic outdoor weddings on the Backcountry Farm to a childs birthday party, The Schiele Museum is the go-to place for unique and inviting spaces.

Click this link to submit your contact information and you will be connected with our Events coordinator.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information about booking your event today. You may call the Special Events Department at 704-866-6901  and a representative will contact you within 48 hours. We encourage you to make inquiries early, as these unique spaces are filled well in advance.


Our rental spaces available:
Entire Museum
Environmental Studies Center
Bobcat's Den
Lynn Planetarium
North Carolina Hall
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At The Schiele Museum of Natural History the natural wonders of North America and the Carolinas are coupled with the rich cultural history of our region to create a one-of-a-kind field trip experience for students. From our natural science exhibits to our diverse educational programs and James H. Lynn Planetarium and Science Theater, we’re sure that you will find a field trip experience that is fascinating and unique while at the same time supporting the important lessons from your classroom. Education is important to us, and we welcome the opportunity to partner with you in delivering quality learning experiences for your students.

Click here to download the 2018-2019 Field Trip Guide.


Program Options

In addition to exploring exhibits, enhance the educational impact of your field trip with these program selections. Most programs last 45 minutes to an hour.



Earth Magic: February 5 - 8, 2019 - Colorful characters introduce food chains, photosynthesis, the water cycle, and conservation in a stage program geared towards K – 1 audiences. NC & SC Grades Pre-K, K & 1

Our World: Available January 15 – May 30, 2019 - Explore the living and nonliving world around us in the land, water and sky. Especially for young learners. NC & SC Grades Pre-K through 1

Gemstone Mining: Outdoor program unavailable Dec. - Feb. - Students use a water sluice to find, examine and classify minerals they can take home. NC Grades 1, 4 & 9-12 Earth/Env SC Grades 1, 3, 8 & 9-12 Earth/Env

Getting the “Dirt” on Soil: Available January 15 – May 30, 2019 - The amazing properties of soil demonstrate that dirt really does make the food that we eat! NC & SC Grades 1 & 3

Seismic Earth: Available January 15 – May 30, 2019 - Discover how earthquakes and other tectonic forces constantly shape and recreate our planet. NC & SC Grades 4, 6 & 9-12 Earth/Env SC Grades 5, 8 & 9-12 Earth/Env



Animal Adventures: Live and preserved specimens to illustrate important concepts like adaptations, classification, habitats and conservation. The program content is adapted to meet the curriculum needs of your grade. NC & SC Grades Pre – K through 12

Animal Dissection Lab: Students work in pairs to dissect specimens and learn about their adaptations, identify organs, and discover their functions. A variety of specimens are available – call for details. NC Grades 5, 7, 8 & 9-12 Biology SC Grade 7 & 9-12 Biology

Roots, Stems & Leaves: Up-close look at local plants including adaptations, life cycles, photosynthesis and identification. NC Grades 1, 3 & 6 SC Grades 1 & 6

Ecosystem Explorers: Guided tour to discover the interdependence of plants and animals found in North American biomes. NC Grades 4, 5, 6, 8 & 9-12 Earth/Env SC Grades 4, 5, 6, 7 & 9-12 Earth/Env

Rocks, Minerals & Fossils: Students work with hands-on materials to identify specimens and learn the principles of geology. NC Grades 4 & 9-12 Earth/Env SC Grades 3, 8 & 9-12 Earth/Env

Weather: Cool demonstrations about how air, water, sunlight and gravity combine to create Earth’s weather. NC Grades 2, 5 & 9-12 Earth/Env SC Grades 2, 4, 6 & 9-12 Earth/Env

Schiele Science Lab: Cool demonstrations of the principles of matter, energy, sound, light, and electricity. NC Grades 2, 5, 6 & 7 SC Grades 2, 5 & 6

Microscope Lab: Learn basic microscope skills while exploring the world that is too small to see with the naked eye. NC Grades 3, 5 & 7 SC Grades 3, 5, 6 & 7

Coastal Ecology: Discover how creatures survive the conditions of sand and surf while exploring species diversity, ecosystems, food webs and the impact of climate change. NC Grades 3-8, 9-12 Earth/ Env and Biology SC Grades 3-7, 9-12 Earth/ Env and Biology



American Indian Cultures: An exhibit exploration to discover how American Indian cultures were shaped by their environments. NC & SC Grades 5 and 9-12 US History

Life in a Catawba Village: Explore the history of the Catawba People and learn how they survived in the wilderness long ago. NC & SC Grades K, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 9-12 US History

Pioneers of the Piedmont: Discover how early settlers carved a life from the Carolina Piedmont Wilderness in the 18th Century. NC Grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 9-12 US History SC Grades 2, 3, 4 and 9-12 US History

Carolina Piedmont Archaeology: Learn about the cultures of earlier Piedmont inhabitants through the eyes of an archaeologist. NC & SC Grades 4, 5 and 9-12 US History

Archaeology in the Field: Conduct scientific research at a mock dig site under the instruction of a real archaeologist. NC & SC Grades 4, 5 and 9-12 US History



Exciting fulldome digital technology illustrates a vast array of science topics in an immersive environment. Each astronomy program includes an interactive, live sky presentation if time permits. We’ve listed our most popular programs for schools, but other options are available upon request.

Super Volcanoes: Discover how massive volcanoes form, affect climate and atmosphere, and shape the face of Earth. NC Grades 6, 9 - 12 SC Grades 3, 5, 8 & 9 – 12 Earth/Env

Dynamic Earth: Climate change is here! Massive storm systems like Hurricane Katrina illustrate the dynamic nature of our planet. NC Grades 5, 7, 9 – 12 Earth/Env SC Grades 4-6, 9 – 12 Earth/Env

Solar Superstorms: Venture into the interior of the Sun to explore high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000 kilometers high, and rising loops of electrified gas. NC Grades 9 – 12 Earth/Env SC Grades 8 & 9 -12 Earth/Env

Earth, Moon & Sun: Discover the important relationships between our home planet and its most familiar neighbors in space. NC Grades 3 & 6 SC Grade 4

The Weather: Learn about the water cycle and how to use our senses and instruments to make some predictions about upcoming weather. NC Grades K & 2 SC Grades K & 2

Grossology and You: Join Noreen Neuron and other animated characters to explore the inner workings of the human body. NC Grades 3, 5 & 7 SC Grade 7

Oasis In Space: Journey from the scorched surface of Mercury to the many moons of Jupiter and other corners of the Solar System in search of water. NC Grades 3 & 6 SC Grades 4 & 8

Magic Treehouse: Space Mission: Travel with Jack and Annie in their Magic Tree House as they discover a note that asks them to answer a series of six questions about space on a wondrous journey of adventure and learning. NC Grade 3

The Sky Tonight: A live exploration of the night sky including stars, constellations, planets, and other sights visible from our own backyards. NC Grades – 3, 6, 9-12 SC Grades – 4, 9-12


Lunch Options

We hope you stay for lunch, but please let us know your plans so we have space available for you. The museum has limited indoor space for lunches available by reservation only. Groups also may use our outdoor picnic tables near the parking lot and on our nature trail on a first-come, first-served basis. For your convenience, the Museum Store can arrange for lunch to be delivered from Bojangles, Sub Station II or CiCi’s Pizza for $5 per person or Chick Fil A for $6.50. Ask for details when you schedule your field trip.


Group Admission & Fees

Museum Admission for students and parents: $2 per person (plus tax)

Most Education Program Selections: $3 per person

Planetarium & Science Theater Programs: $5 per person (plus tax)

Teachers & Staff: Free


Schedule Your Field Trip

There are a variety of ways you can schedule your filed trip to The Schiele Museum.

Call: 704.854.6676

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Online: submit a request form

Any size group can visit the museum and participate in programs. There is a 15 person minimum to create a new program appointment. Smaller groups can join existing programs. Teacher and museum member discounts do not apply to home school groups.

Advance booking required for field trip rates. To qualify for these rates a group must contain a minimum of 15 paying participants and pay as a group. Please inquire about pricing for gemstone mining and dissection programs. Field trip fee is based on the number of participants registered in advance and is due in full the day of your field trip. Groups may pay by cash, credit card or check made payable to Schiele Museum.

Did you know that your support of The Schiele helps us provide a caring home for our Animal Ambassadors? Learn about our wonderful Animal Ambassadors and how their stories help us stay true to our mission.

Meet Baby, our Southern Flying Squirrel who was found on the ground near trees that had been cut down. Barely as big as your thumbnail, he was picked up and brought to a rehabilitator who cared for him with the hopes of being released. Baby did flourish in their care - perhaps too well - and returned to his caretaker instead of finding his own path in nature. Baby was donated to The Schiele and now serves as an Animal Ambassador! As one of two native species of flying squirrels in North Carolina, Baby’s participation in school and outreach programs serves as a great platform to talk about the differences in species. Baby’s counterpart, the Northern Flying Squirrel, is endangered. By sharing Baby’s story and discussing habitat loss and ways it can be prevented, children can better understand how to protect animals impacted by habitat loss, especially when they can see one up close and in person!

Meet Ecco, our Crested Gecko! Ecco became an #AnimalAmbassador after being donated to the museum by a former animal husbandry intern. Did you know that crested geckos don’t blink? They don’t have eyelids and simply lick their eyes to keep them clean!

In our Creepy Nature exhibit you’l­l find Marge, an albino Burmese python. Burmese pythons are an invasive species in Florida and have become a problem for the wildlife there.

Meet Hedwig, our #AnimalAmbassador owl! Hedwig is an Eastern Screech Owl, and was found injured with a fractured wing, presumably having been hit by a car. He was brought to the Carolina Raptor Center, however his wing had set at the fracture site and he lost his ability to fly. This made him unable to be released into the wild. Thus, the Carolina Raptor Center sought an educational facility to adopt him, and The Schiele ended up being just that place!

Avery, a Virginia Opossum, was perhaps the most well-known of our #AnimalAmbassadors, even staring in his own “meet & greet” day last year. Avery’s mother was hit by a car, and he and his siblings stayed with her, nursing from contaminated milk until they were eventually rescued by a rehabilitation organization in South Carolina.

Say hello to Obi, our #AnimalAmbassador snake! Obi is an Eastern Kingsnake and is native to North Carolina. While many people are afraid of snakes, Obi helps educate visitors on how they are a crucial species in our ecosystem. A fun fact about Eastern Kingsnakes is that they eat snakes that are venomous.

The Animal Ambassadors play an important role in educational programs at The Schiele. During our Jr. Zookeeper Summer Camp last year, participants learned how to properly care for live animals in the museum’s collection as well as the important role that animals play within their ecosystems. Their final project was to educate visitors using what they learned throughout camp! Cortez, our Desert Tortoise, was found with a damaged shell and brought to The Schiele. Cortez joined the Animal Ambassadors and helps to educate museum visitors. Did you know that the Desert Tortoise can live for 50-80 years?



Birthday parties at The Schiele Museum are a fun and exciting way to celebrate your child's birthday. When you host a birthday party at The Schiele Museum, you'll receive:

  • Admission to The Schiele Museum and Nature Trail for 15 party guests and up to 20 accompanying adults on the day of the party
  • Exclusive use of the Explorer’s Outpost for 2 hours plus ½ hour additional set up time
  • Two party tables and 15 chairs
  • Table for refreshments
  • Table for gifts


Book Your Schiele Birthday Party Today!

Complete and submit the Online Birthday Party Reservation Form or contact the rental coordinator at 704.866.6901 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check availability, inquire about pricing, and reserve your party.

Birthday parties are available at the following times:

Saturday from 10 AM – 12 PM or 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Sunday from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Certain dates may be unavailable due to holidays or museum programs and events. Make your reservation early – space is limited and dates fill quickly.

The Schiele Museum is the go-to place for unique events and celebrations. Click here to learn more about rental options.