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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.

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.

 

SEASONAL PROGRAMS

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

 

SCIENCE & NATURE PROGRAMS

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

 

SOCIAL STUDIES, HISTORY & ANTHROPOLOGY PROGRAMS

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

 

PLANETARIUM & SCIENCE THEATER PROGRAMS

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.

 

Rent the schiele

Rentals 

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
Auditorium
Bobcat's Den
Lynn Planetarium
Lobby/Courtyard
North Carolina Hall
Green Roof

 

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Birthday Parties

Rentals 

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
Auditorium
Bobcat's Den
Lynn Planetarium
Lobby/Courtyard
North Carolina Hall
Green Roof

 

Unique Gifts
Your guests will remember your event long after they leave. The Schiele Museum Store features exquisite souvenirs that complement our exhibits and programs, and gifts that are perfect for event momentos, corporate incentives, and wedding and shower favors. Our Special Events Department can arrange a visit to the store and help with merchandise selection.

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?

 

Become a Member

 

Why become a member? The benefits are significant! Free General Admission to The Schiele for an entire year, *passport benefits to other ASTC affiliated science centers, supporting us financially to enhance our community, and MUCH MORE!

 

 

 

Contact our membership coordinator, Paula McKinnon, at 704.866.6904 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.


*ASTC Passport Program Members must show a valid ID at Admissions. Please note: on special event days and on group/field trips ASTC reciprocals need to pay general admission plus any additional up-charge for that day. Please note: Discovery Place is among the participating science centers and museums within a 90-mile radius that is excluded from The Schiele Museum's reciprocal Passport Program.

 

 

Why become a member? The benefits are significant! Free General Admission to The Schiele for an entire year, *passport benefits to other ASTC affliated science centers, supporting us financially to enhance our community, and MUCH MORE!

 

 

 

Contact our membership coordinator, Paula McKinnon, at 704.866.6904 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.


*ASTC Passport Program Members must show a valid ID at Admissions. Please note: on special event days and on group/field trips ASTC reciprocals need to pay general admission plus any additional up-charge for that day. Please note: Discovery Place is among the participating science centers and museums within a 90-mile radius that is excluded from The Schiele Museum's reciprocal Passport Program.