RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 7 -- The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources Museum of Natural Sciences issued the following news release:
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' current traveling exhibit, "Rainforest Adventure," is winding down to a close, but in these final weeks the Museum is offering an array of special promotions guaranteed to save families money while they feed their sense of adventure and discover the wonders of the rainforest. "Rainforest Adventure," created by Minotaur Mazes, is a question-and-answer maze designed to guide children ages 3-12 throughout the four layers of the rainforest: emergent, canopy, understory and forest floor. Questions answered incorrectly lead to a dead end. Correct answers lead kids to monkey bars they can swing from, a butterfly zip line and other interactive experiences that teach them how essential rainforests are to human health and survival, and that in caring for the rainforest they are caring for the planet. The exhibit ends Monday, September 1.
"I'm afraid of spiders, but I LOVE the giant spider web," says Albert Ervin, coordinator of Special Exhibits & 3D Movies. "I've climbed it several times myself and wish I had one at my house. Kids of all ages love it, as well as spinning the rain-stick wheel and jumping like a frog."
Throughout the remainder of the exhibit's run, there are several opportunities for visitors to see "Rainforest Adventure" at a discounted rate. Every Wednesday, homeschoolers and their families can learn and play for only $4 per person. (Tickets are regularly $7 for adults, and $5 for children, FREE for Members) On August 16-24, any North Carolina state employee with their ID will pay only $4, as well as everyone in their group. State employees can also take $11 off the cost of any level Museum membership during that same week. Family membership $59 ($70 value), Individual Plus 1 $49 ($60 value), Individual $39 ($50 value). Enter online discount promotion code State, or request the discount in person at the Box Office, or any of the three Museum Stores. Membership includes free admission to current and upcoming special exhibitions, 10% discount in the Museum Stores, 10% discount in the Daily Planet and Acro Cafes, invitations to member-exclusive events, a quarterly copy of NC Naturalist magazine, discounts on most workshops, classes and trips, and priority registration for summer camps.
On Friday, August 22, enjoy the Evening Living Conservatory Tour. Learn more about tropical arthropods with Bill Reynolds, curator of the Arthropod Zoo, and examine exotic insects from his private collection, including morpho butterflies, Hercules moths and tropical beetles galore! This tour is the best opportunity to see our resident two-toed sloth, since he comes out more at nighttime. Just in case he is being extra shy that evening, Albert Ervin, Special Exhibits Coordinator, will be on hand with a stuffed sloth, an ocelot pelt, and several other tropical mammal specimens from our Teaching Collections in the "Rainforest Adventure" special classroom. Get an inside look at some of our planet's most beautiful and intriguing life forms and learn more about the future of rainforests.
This tour is free to members and $5 for public, or $10 if bundled with a ticket to the exhibit. The box office will be open late for day-of sales. For more information about the tour, visit http://naturalsciences.org/programs-events/evening-living-conservatory-tour. For more information or for tickets call the Museum Box Office at 919.707.9950.
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