The North Carolina Science Festival occurs in April and many of our events are in association with that statewide program. See details on these events below. We ask that you pre-register where requested as it allows us to plan better for your arrival. If there are any updates or changes (due to weather, etc.) to these events, they will be posted here.
Statewide Star Party – Spring into Spring, 7:30 to ???, No Charge – See our Event Flyer
Join with A Time For Science Nature and Science Learning Center and the Carolina Skies Astronomy Club around 7:30 pm to view the night sky in spring-time. A variety of telescopes will be available for viewing and later on a guided tour of the spring constellations (including a look at the “Easter Bunny in the Sky”) will be presented. Come early at 6:00 pm to Stroll the Solar System (a scale model to size and distance). Experience a bit of space history when you touch the nose wheel tire from the Shuttle Endeavour. NOTE: In the event of cloudy skies, an indoor program will present you with opportunities to become a Citizen Scientist to assist investigators in a variety of astronomy research projects.
Update (Wednesday, April 3, 8:30 pm): It would appear that the weather forecast is calling for rain, but we are hoping for a clearing up of the rain and clouds by Friday afternoon. However, should the rain and clouds continue, we intend on presenting the NASA “Globe at Night” light pollution program at the Resource Center. Also, if it is just cloudy but not raining we will still be able to “Stroll the Solar System” till it gets dark. More updates to be posted on Friday.
Update (Friday, April 5, 1:30 pm): It is with great reluctance that we are compelled to cancel the telescope viewing portion of tonight’s Star Party. However, provided the rain has truly stopped the “Strolls of the Solar System” will be conducted at 6:00 pm , 6:45 pm and again at 7:30 pm if light remains.
In either case the indoor program on the “GLOBE at Night” will be presented. It is a Citizen Scientist program that describes world-wide light pollution, its causes, effects, solutions and how you can participate in the research. “GLOBE at Night” programs will be presented at 6:30 pm , 7:15 pm and 8:00 pm. Note that seating is limited to around 30 per session.
NC Science Festival – What’s Bugging You, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, No Charge – See our Event Flyer
Join with A Time For Science Nature and Science Learning Center and the East Carolina 4-H Club between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm as we spend the day exploring the “good, the bad and the ugly” about the many critters we call “bugs”. Hands-on activities will be available which will allow you to explore many interesting features of insects and other “bug”-like creatures. Listen to the sounds that ants make, explore the “good” and “bad” inhabitants of the organic garden and learn what it means to be “as busy as a bee.” NOTE: Please give notice of your intention to attend through website registration or by leaving a phone message.
NC Science Festival – “Lookiting” at the Birds, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, No Charge – See our Event Flyer
Join with A Time For Science Nature and Science Learning Center at the Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park in Scotland Neck as we spend the day “Lookiting” at (observing) the many colors and hues that make our fine feathered friends such objects of beauty. Increase the fun of your tour of the Sylvan Heights Park as you look for colored feathers that match the colors of the swatches you select from the “color grab bag.” Keep a record of your finds and turn them in at the end of your tour for a Certificate of Participation. Then check in later on the A Time For Science website to see the results of the survey. NOTE: This activity takes place at Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park in Scotland Neck, NC
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NC Science Festival – This is for the Birds, 7:00am–8:00am & 9:00am–10:00am, No Charge – See our Event Flyer
Join with A Time For Science Nature and Science Learning Center and Debbie Statz of Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop as she leads a 7:00 am Bird Walk for “hard core” birders through the various habitats in the conservation areas. A second walk at 9:00 am will be conducted for groups, families and “beginners.” NOTE: For planning purposes, please give advanced on-line notice of your intention to attend either of these activities through website registration or by leaving a phone message.
NC Science Festival – Earth Day – Day of Service, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, No Charge – See our Event Flyer
Join with A Time For Science Nature and Science Learning Center and the L.A.S.T Foundation as we lead the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pitt County in an EARTH DAY – Day of Service. Between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm you can help with trail and/or creek clean-up, invasive plant and intruder plant control or by assisting with plantings in the “Hazelnut Project.” NOTE: For planning purposes, please give advanced on-line notice of your intention to participate in these activities through website registration or by leaving a phone message.
** New Information About This Event **
Co-Sponsors with A Time For Science are:
Service projects (and participating groups – so far) are:
- “Stow It – Don’t Throw It!” – preparation of containers for boaters to use to dispose of their monofilament line in an environmentally appropriate manner (B & G Club from Grady White Boats/E. R. Lewis Family unit)
- Hazelnut Orchard — Maintenance and plantings (B & G Clubs of Pitt Co.)
- Trail Construction – (Cub Scout Pack 340 and Sheetz volunteers)
- Creek Clean-up – Contentnea & Little Contentnea Creeks (B & G Clubs of Pitt Co)
Please give advanced notice of your intention to participate through website registration (link below) or phone message