The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will host a day-long open house on Saturday with lots of free activities and opportunities to learn more about what happens behind the scenes at the museum.
The open house runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, at the downtown Raleigh museum. Visitors will get to meet a variety of animals, learn more about various museum careers and take part in some citizen science.
Animals available for meeting include an African white-bellied hedgehog, an alligator, snakes, turtles, lizards, ferrets and a bearded dragon.
The SECU Daily Planet will feature five museum staff members, who will talk about their careers and other opportunities in the museum field. Here's the line up:
10:30 a.m.: Liz Baird, Chief, School and Lifelong Education
11:30 a.m.: Jason Whitman, Museum Exhibit Designer
12:30 p.m.: Imogen Hoyle, Marketing Coordinator
1:30 p.m.: Julie Horvath, Head, Genomics and Microbiology Research Lab
2:30 p.m.: Eric Knisley, Science Visualization Analyst
And there also will be chances to take part in some actual science in the Citizen Science Center where the public can help scientists collect information and log in the results.
The day also includes lots of special activities designed for Friends of the Museum, including collection tours, a solar viewing and more. The public can join the museum on Saturday and take advantage of all of the special activities.
The museum's website has more information.