Experience the North Carolina Science Festival and More April 10-13

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Children and adults can enjoy science-themed activities through April 23 as the North Carolina Science Festival brings events to every county in the state.

The 7th Annual North Carolina Science Festival kicked off April 7 and takes us all the way to Earth Day on April 23. The festival, a 2-week long celebration of the educational, cultural and financial impact of science in North Carolina, promotes exciting events that are fun, educational and inspiring for science enthusiasts of all ages. Every county in the state is holding events, with many great programs planned for the Triangle area. A few local events are included below. Find other events for your family using the search tools on the festival’s website.

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The Nature of Art at Blue Jay Point County Park FREE

Nature can be a beautiful form of art. Learn about the works of British land artist Andrew Goldsworthy before photographing your own piece of art made from found and supplied natural elements. This family program, part of the Family Wildlife Series, is offered in conjunction with the North Carolina Science Festival and is appropriate for ages 5 and older. It takes place 1-3 p.m., Monday, April 10, at Blue Jay Point County Park in Raleigh. The program is free, but registration is required. 

Jessica Garrett’s “Oh, Ick” at Flyleaf Books FREE

Join Jessica Garrett, co-author of bestsellers “Oh, Yuck” and “Oh, Yikes,” as she presents, “Oh, Ick,” an A-Z compendium of hands-on grossness. Featuring 114 interactive experiments and ick-tivities, “Oh, Ick” delves into the science behind everything disgusting. Garrett’s appearance is scheduled for 6-7 p.m., Monday, April 10, at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. Free.

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Nature Storytime at Duke Gardens FREE

Enjoy the outdoors with a story read aloud in the gardens. Nature-themed stories are followed by a related activity or garden walk. This drop-in program is for ages 3-5 and takes place 10:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 13 (and following Thursdays through June 8) at Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham. Free, but online registration is required. Parking fees may apply. Meet in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden Story Circle.

“Welcome to the Wild Kingdom” at Piedmont Wildlife Center FREE

Get up close and personal with owls, hawks, snakes, turtles, an opossum and more. Gather a checklist and see how many wild species you can find throughout the park, and learn all about their native habitats and ways you can help them. This event is part of the North Carolina Science Festival. It takes place 5-7 p.m., Thursday, April 13, at Leigh Farm Park in Durham. Free.

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