July 22, 2016
On many a warm summer evening, you might step out onto your porch or patio and face a web, thinking, “Why does that blasted spider insist on spinning its web right where I walk into it every night?”
This local species is a Barn Spider (Neoscona crucifera). The corner of your porch by the door, right under a good light, is perfect for the gourmet spider’s evening dining.
Summer into fall is prime time for finding these increasingly big “orb weavers” around your house.
You knock the web down, but she just rebuilds it the next night. Instead, just break a few of the lowest “scaffold” su… Keep reading.
June 20, 2016
The second year of regular programming for Get Ready With Words ended last week with a graduation celebration.
Infants, toddlers and preschoolers in the Grier Heights and Montclaire South communities got to experience their very first graduation, and their parents and caregivers also received recognition for attending the program for the past two years.
Get Ready With Words is funded by a grant from PNC as part of PNC`s Grow Up Great program, which helps children from birth to age 5 prepare for school.
During the graduation festivities, the children donned their hand-made graduation … Keep reading.
June 17, 2016
Posted By: Elliot Provance
In the 2003 movie “Finding Nemo,” the clownfish Nemo is collected by a scuba diver and put in an aquarium.
Life in the aquarium didn’t make little Nemo, who missed his friends and family, very happy at all. In fact he spent all of his time trying to escape and eventually did. An unintended side effect of this popular film was a huge increase in demand for pet clownfish.
Clownfish (Amphiprioninae) actually are decent pets as long as the owner is responsible and well educated on how to care for marine aquariums. Clownfish are small — most species are less than 6” long. They are not picky e… Keep reading.
Do you like to create, innovate, tinker and invent? Then join us June 17 - 23 for the National Week of Making!
This nationwide event celebrates ingenuity, inspires creative problem-solving, and supports opportunities for people of all ages to tinker and make.
At Discovery Place, we'll be offering FREE workshops every day from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. No Museum admission is required as we explore:
Sticks, Bands and Basic Geometrical Fun
Air Men & Monsters
Makey Makey Madness
3D Printing & Design
June 03, 2016
Spiders are fascinating in body shapes, colors and patterns. They show an enormous range of adaptive behaviors and as a group are probably the best small predators on the vast diversity of insects on this planet.
When you look, spiders are everywhere! Some 46,000 species have been described in 114 families of spiders worldwide.
The Collections department at Discovery Place is home to nearly 6,000 spider specimens, most of which were collected by emeritus biology professor Dr. David Grant throughout his teaching career and from Davidson College students enrolled in his biology and marine … Keep reading.
April 28, 2016
Each year, hundreds of volunteers generously donate their time, talent and energy to bringing science and nature to life at our Museums.
At our recent Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, Dr. David Grant was named Adult Volunteer of the Year.
Dr. Grant has been a volunteer in the Collections Department for 32 years. In that time he has logged 1,842 hours as a very dedicated volunteer.
We were honored to present him with the 2016 Weldon and Edith Storey Award, which recognizes outstanding adult volunteers who have demonstrated their commitment and passion to educating our guests in an engag… Keep reading.