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Naturalist Center exceeds 200,000 visitors!

April 1, 2015

Since the Nature Research Center opened in April, 2012, the Naturalist Center has welcomed over 200,000 visitors! Yesterday, a teacher told me that this room is her favorite spot in the entire Museum. She was so inspired by our collection, that she and her students have created their own tiny collection of nature objects and they call it their “museum”.  I love hearing stories like these so please share how visiting the Naturalist Center or the Museum in general has inspired you!

We recently created a smaller version of the Naturalist Center for a new branch of the Museum in Whiteville, NC.  Below are a few photos from the grand opening.

Naturalist Center at new branch in Whiteville, NC

Naturalist Center at new branch in Whiteville, NC. Photo by Cindy Lincoln

Visitors exploring the hands-on specimens in Naturalist Center, Whiteville Branch.

Visitors exploring the hands-on specimens in Naturalist Center, Whiteville Branch. Photo by Cindy Lincoln

Using the Microeye scope in the Naturalist Center, Whiteville Branch.

Using the Microeye scope in the Naturalist Center, Whiteville Branch. Photo by Cindy Lincoln

We couldn’t run the Naturalist Center without many hard-working volunteers and interns–thanks to all of them past and present!

Interns Rachel Wilkinson, Courtney Johnson and volunteer, Allora Burke.

Interns Rachel Wilkinson, Courtney Johnson and volunteer, Allora Burke.
Photo by Cindy Lincoln.

Volunteer Alice Garner helping visitor with Microeye scope, Whiteville Branch.

Volunteer Alice Garner helping visitor with Microeye scope, Whiteville Branch. Photo by Cindy Lincoln

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