N.C. Science Festival wraps up this weekend with UNC Science Expo, stargazing, more
Posted April 18
The N.C. Science Festival has entered its final week for 2017. The two-week celebration of all things science across North Carolina ends on Sunday.
The festival's website has more information about all of the mostly free events across the state, but here are a few that are planned in the Triangle region this weekend ...
Nature Designs Art Celebration, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, at Raven Rock State Park, 3009 Raven Rock Rd., Lillington. This new event spotlights works of art and design in found in nature. Learning and creation stations will be setup within walking distance from each other throughout the park. Take a Story Walk, hear nature's rhythms, create unique tree creatures, enjoy the Forest Puppet Theater, and more.
UNC Science Expo, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, UNC Chapel Hill campus, East Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill. Think of a giant science street fair and you’ll understand the excitement of the UNC Science Expo! This signature event of the NC Science Festival offers more than 100 fascinating demonstrations, hands-on experiments, lab tours, stage entertainment, a food truck rodeo and more.
Duke Lemur Center Earth Day Celebration, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Duke Lemur Center, 3705 Erwin Rd., Durham. Guests will be able to walk the tour path at their own pace, stopping to talk about the amazing lemurs and science of the DLC with docents, staff, and researchers along the way. Space is limited. Call 919-401-7240 to reserve a spot. $12 for adults with discount for kids under 12.
Marbles STEM Play Corps Activity Challenge, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. Play with Marbles STEM Play Corps, the museum's group of middle school STEM volunteers, as they showcase their own original experiments. These rising 7th and 8th graders crafted their own STEM demonstrations and are ready to share their knowledge with you! Free with museum admission, which is $5 per person.
Family Scavenger Hunt, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve, 2900 Horseshoe Farm Rd., Wake Forest. Gather the family and get to know Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve while figuring out the clues and looking for the fun nature-themed items we've hidden. While you have fun cracking the clues, you'll learn about the relationships between native plants and animals that call the preserve home. Free. Open to ages 5 and up. Spaces are limited, pre-registration is recommended. Call 919-870-2871 for more information.
Statewide Star Parties are happening at 50 venues across the state Friday and Saturday. In the Triangle, you'll find them at Umstead State Park, Historic Oakwood Cemetery, Wilkerson Nature Preserve and elsewhere. The festival's website has the details on these and all of the other events.