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Habitat Programs

Habitat wildlife programs

Available Programs:

North Carolina Wildlife “Carolina Creatures & Features"
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Coral Reefs and Sharks "Underwater Gardens of Life"
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Tropical Rainforests "Paradise Out on a Limb"
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wildlife habitat programs for schools

North Carolina Wildlife “Carolina Creatures & Features”

Live animals include native snakes and freshwater and terrestrial turtles.

North Carolina’s diverse coastal and inland ecosystems provide a home for an incredible diversity of native wildlife species. This program explores plant and animals that live in the 3 main regions of North Carolina: the Coastal plain, Piedmont and Mountains. Topics of discussion include:  major habitats found throughout North Carolina and its wildlife including salamanders, beavers, river otter, deer, rabbits, etc. 

An example of hands-on artifacts includes:

Animal pelts and skulls from deer, skunk, raccoon, fox and rabbit.  Plaster-of-Paris animal tracks for identification.  Dried plants from coastal marshes and sandhills.  
 
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Pictured left to right: A number of skulls and animal tracks are on display. A child examines the insect remains inside a carnivorous Pitcher plant. Several animal pelts are on exhibit for touching.
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live animal habitat programs

Coral Reefs and Sharks "Underwater Gardens of Life"

Live marine invertebrate and vertebrate animals

Coral reefs are fragile ecosystems that support one quarter of all marine life.  Corals are tiny animals and their structures support a variety of other sea creatures including sponges, mollusks, crabs, shrimp, octopus, sea turtles and many species of fish. Topics for discussion include:  animal diversity, the importance of coral reefs and conservation measures. 

An example of hands-on artifacts includes:

A selection of artifacts from a coral reef including: hard and soft corals, sponges, skate egg case, shark eggs, starfish an assortment of shells and preserved fish.  
 
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Pictured from left to right: Shark artifacts are on display including shark pups, skin and teeth for touching. Children are in awe touching a live sea star. A young girl twirls a porcupine puffer.
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tropical rainforest educational programs

Tropical Rainforests "Paradise Out on a Limb"

Live animals from the rainforests

The tropical rainforests are the richest sources of life on earth, yet at the current rate of destruction, they could disappear.  Learn about the four layers of the rainforest and the representative plant and animal species that reside in each layer. Topics for discussion include:  animals such as sloths, tapirs, parrots, etc, epiphytic plants, holdfast methods, rainforest products, economic value, conservation efforts and significance of living things and their interconnectedness.

An example of hands-on artifacts in this program includes:

Rainforest artifacts include iguana shed, vanilla bean, sugar cane and assorted rainforest food products. Confiscated items from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service include an Asian Leopard cat pelt and hippopatomus tusk. 
 
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Pictured from left to right: Epiphytic bromeliads are on display along with a live tarantula in a locked exhibit case. Students are holding a confiscated Leopard cat pelt from the Asian rainforests. A Blue and Gold macaw from the South American rain forests entertains the crowd as he cracks open peanuts.
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