What's Happening at NCMNS Greenville & Contentnea Creek

All in-person programs will follow current state and federal health guidelines and apply a range of safety measures to mitigate health risks, including smaller class sizes, moving into larger rooms (if indoors), keeping participants a safe distance from each other and increasing sanitation efforts.

Please note that in-person programs are subject to change or cancellation depending on COVID-19 restrictions. A full refund would be provided in event of a cancellation.

Saturday Planetarium Shows

The Chia-yu Li Planetarium will be open to the public on the second Saturday of each month. Each show will run approximately 30 minutes. The 11am and 12pm shows will feature short-film style documentaries. The 1pm program will take you on a live narrated tour of the night sky.

11:00 AM


Traces the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a spyglass, to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. It explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years.

12:00 PM


Join Neil deGrasse Tyson in a journey exploring the life of a photon. Start from its creation in the belly of a star, travel across the galaxy and go all the way into the eye of a young stargazing girl. Take a ride on the optic nerve and discover how the eye works in the show “Seeing”.

1:00 PM

Night Sky Live

The winter skies are full of vibrant stars and deep space objects that light up the night. The winter constellations feature some well know constellations like Orion and Taurus the Bull. The winter is an incredible time to get outside and stargaze.

Nature Saturdays

The trails and the nature playscape at NCMNS Contentnea Creek  are open to the public from 10am through 2pm on Saturdays.

At 11am on each Saturday we will feature a special in-person event for you to explore, learn, and enjoy the natural world.

Space is limited for these events. Click the images to start your registration. 

Guided Trail Hikes

On the fist Saturday of each month take a relaxing walk in nature. Learn tips and tricks for identifying common trees in the woodlands and swamps of eastern NC. Explore and discuss the flora and fauna in the woodlands, wetlands, and ponds on our 400 acres. These trail hikes can be enjoyed families of any size and age.

Mornings with Mother Nature

 On the third Saturday of each month, we’ll be joined by Mother Nature herself, Mrs. Nancy Bray. During this FREE program participants will enjoy a different engaging science lesson in nature each month, designed to get students and their parents thinking creatively about the world around them.

Catch Saturdays

On the fourth Saturday of the month, we open our ponds for catch and release fishing from 10-2. At 11, we will offer a new program on pond aquatic life. All programs are geared to elementary-aged students. A fishing pass is $5 and includes the cost of the program. Bring your own fishing equipment.


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The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources