An outdoor exhibition that encourages imaginative play in a creative environment
the light-filled atrium and observe the natural beauty of many
winged-wonders. Species include Monarch,
Gulf fritillary, white peacocks, swallowtails; tiger, zebra and Palamedes and
many more whimsically-named native species.
Glimpse into the cycle of life in the chrysalis case. Kids can see butterflies in various stages of development, and if you’re lucky enough you may even catch a butterfly release into the Museum garden that occurs regularly throughout the year.
The butterflies are active all day but enjoy the morning and afternoon light the most. While summer and spring have the longest days, our butterflies are active all year long!
Did you know that butterflies taste with their feet? That’s why planting butterfly-friendly flowers and plants is so important, so native and migrating species know they have a safe place to land.
In the Museum garden you’ll find a variety of plants and flower species that you can plant in your backyard to attract butterflies, such as lantana, verbena, pentas and vinca.
All of these plants are easily sourced and would be a fantastic welcome for butterflies, but remember native species are preferred when thinking about attracting butterflies to eat or lay their eggs. A bonus, hummingbirds love the same plants too!
Look for some of these native species to plant if you live in North Carolina: Joe-Pye-weed, butterfly weed and other milkweeds, purple coneflower, helianthus (sunflower) species, wooly mullein, asters, ox-eye daisy and black-eyed susans. Even if you don’t have space for a garden, a small pot with these flowers will do nicely too.
|10:00 a.m.||Lars the Little Polar Bear||Planetarium|
|11:00 a.m.||Story Time||Dragonfly Theatre|
|1:00 p.m.||Daily Planetarium Shows||Planetarium|
|2:00 p.m.||Alligator Feeding||Great Hall|
|3:30 p.m.||Daily Planetarium Shows||Planetarium|
|6:30 p.m.||Lars the Little Polar Bear||Planetarium|
|7:00 p.m.||Daily Planetarium Shows||Planetarium|
|Feb 21||Winter Wonderland|
|Feb 24||Guided Nature Walk|
|Feb 28||Feeding Feathered Friends|
|Mar 10||Merit Badge Workshop: Environmental Science|
|Mar 17||Going Green|
|Mar 24||Merit Badge Workshop: Geocaching|
|Apr 14||Merit Badge Workshop: Nature|
|May 12||Merit Badge Workshop: Mammal Study|
|Jun 09||Merit Badge Workshop: Environmental Science|
|Aug 25||Merit Badge Workshop: Reptile & Amphibian Study|