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Gnome & Fairy Play 4: Wands & Potions
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By allowing children to engage in deep play and messy play, we set the stage for important brain development and healthy interactions with others

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North Carolina Zoo
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09/04/2020
Hikaru Dorodango – Shiny Mud Dumplings (Balls)
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Try your hand at a Japanese school children’s traditional pastime molding earth and water to form a basic mud ball (dorodango). Continue the process by polis...

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North Carolina Zoo
Date Added:
10/01/2021
Neighborhood Naturalist: A Tale of Two Beetles
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A tale of two beetles! Visit with the Neighborhood Naturalist as we compare the native Green June Beetle (June Bugs) and the non-native Japanese beetle.

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09/04/2020
Neighborhood Naturalist: Birds
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Nature happens at home. Observe regular feeder visitors to discover which birds are year-round residents and which are migratory species, here for only part of each year.

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09/03/2020
Neighborhood Naturalist: Earthworms
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Join the Zoo's Neighborhood Naturalist digging into some soil in search of amazing and beneficial Earthworms!

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09/04/2020
Neighborhood Naturalist: Environmental Stewardship
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The North Carolina Zoo's Neighborhood Naturalist demonstrates how to keep ourselves safe, while protecting habitats for native wildlife.

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09/03/2020
Neighborhood Naturalist: Japanese Beetles
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What happens when an insect is unintentionally brought into the country, has plenty to eat and very few predators? The Neighborhood Naturalist takes a look at Japanese Beetles.

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09/04/2020
Neighborhood Naturalist: Minnow Trap
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Naturalists often need "tools" to assist in our learning. Binoculars help us see birds, Field Guides aid in identification. Join the Neighborhood Naturalist as he demonstrates how to make a tool that will help learn about animals that live in the water.

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09/04/2020
Neighborhood Naturalist: Pond Study
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Using the Minnow Trap we made several weeks ago, let us take a look below the surface to see who is living in the North Carolina Zoo Wetland Pond!

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09/04/2020
Neighborhood Naturalist: Roadside Flowers
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You ride past them every day, but how often do you get out to appreciate the Wildflowers growing right along the side of the road? Join Mr. Bob, the Zoo's Neighborhood Naturalist as we take a walk along the shoulder of the road!

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09/04/2020
Neighborhood Naturalist: Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds
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Join the Zoo's Neighborhood Naturalist as we look at ways to make your yard "Hummingbird Friendly"-- mixing your own nectar and selecting feeders that will help avoid unwanted insects, while getting up close with some of these amazing little birds.

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North Carolina Zoo
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09/04/2020
Neighborhood Naturalist: The Science of Cutting Grass
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You mean there is some science regarding how I cut the grass? Join the neighborhood naturalist as we look at the advantages of leaving your clippings on the lawn!

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North Carolina Zoo
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09/04/2020
Pet Detectives: Slow Down Your Speedy Eater
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Does your dog eat their dinner quickly? In this episode of Pet Detectives, learn about some new techniques for feeding your dog, similar to strategies we use for animals at the zoo, that might change the time your dog spends eating. Changing up the feeding routine can be a great way to improve your dog’s well-being and keep your dog engaged. Let us know which of the three techniques worked best for your dog.

We have created a helpful clip if you're unable to watch the full video:
1.L.1 Foraging enrichment/feeding strategies (30 sec): https://youtu.be/p1aRQQr96xE?t=27

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North Carolina Zoo
Date Added:
03/03/2021
Pet Detectives: Understanding Your Dog
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Is your dog ready for telecommuting? Join us in our second episode of Pet Detectives to test how your dog perceives the virtual world. Try communicating with your dog remotely and share your results in the comments – did your dog recognize you on the small screen?

We have created a helpful clip if you're unable to watch the full video:
1.L.1 How dogs perceive the world around them (1.5 min): https://youtu.be/EvYyKk-DjLc?t=18

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Psychology
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North Carolina Zoo
Date Added:
03/02/2021
Senses in the Dark: Part 1. Intro and Touch
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Afraid of the dark? Hopefully, after these fun experiments in our series Science in the Dark, you will have a greater appreciation for the nighttime. Using our sense of touch, we will get “hands-on” with our first set of experiments!

We have created helpful clips if you're unable to watch the full video:
K.P.2 Using your sense of touch to ID things (2 min 20 sec): https://youtu.be/ffDhiYY_r78?t=134
4.L.1 Humans have poor eyesight at night, sense of touch heightened (2.5 min): https://youtu.be/ffDhiYY_r78?t=153

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North Carolina Zoo
Date Added:
03/03/2021
UNITE: Repurpose Your Plastic Bottles
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We often recycle plastic bottles but did you know you can also reuse/repurpose them? Join Bruce as the UNITE team shows you how to repurpose plastic bottles into a trash can or recycling bin giving these bottles another purpose.

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Engineering
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North Carolina Zoo
Date Added:
06/21/2021
Untamed Science - How to Create a Butterfly Garden
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This is additional curriculum for the Untamed Science video series created in a partnership between the North Carolina Zoo and videographer Rob Nelson. You are meant to watch the original video and then open the PDF resource below to learn how to create your very own sustainable butterfly garden!

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Science
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Leslie Wilhoit
Date Added:
10/13/2020
Untamed Science - Life of a Zoo Vet
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This is additional curriculum for the Untamed Science video series created in a partnership between the North Carolina Zoo and videographer Rob Nelson. You are meant to watch the original video and then open the PDF resource below to put your skills to the test and find out what it takes to be a zoo veterinarian! The answer key is in a separate PDF.

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Leslie Wilhoit
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10/13/2020
Untamed Science - Red Wolves
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This is additional curriculum for the Untamed Science video series created in a partnership between the North Carolina Zoo and videographer Rob Nelson. You are meant to watch the original video and then open the PDF resource below for an activity involving wildlife conservation!

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Leslie Wilhoit
Date Added:
10/13/2020
Untamed Science - S.M.A.R.T.
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This is additional curriculum for the Untamed Science video series created in a partnership between the North Carolina Zoo and videographer Rob Nelson. You are meant to watch the original video and then open the PDF resource below to learn what it takes to be a SMART Ranger! SMART (Spatial Monitoring And Reporting Tool) is an app that was created in partnership with the North Carolina Zoo. Click the link above to learn more!

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Leslie Wilhoit
Date Added:
10/13/2020
Untamed Science - Vultures
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This is additional curriculum for the Untamed Science video series created in a partnership between the North Carolina Zoo and videographer Rob Nelson. You are meant to watch the original video and then open the PDF resource below to become a scientist and track your own vulture!

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Leslie Wilhoit
Date Added:
10/13/2020
Wild About Nature: Carpenter Bees
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Who chews my barn? They are North America's largest native Bee, and some folks find them scary, but Carpenter Bees are really valuable and gentle giants!

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Date Added:
09/03/2020
Wild About Nature: Creative Concoctions
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Experimenting with the textures, colors and smells of Nature is a fun way to explore nearby nature. Stir up your own gritty, colorful, smelly concoctions by mixing together your own creative combinations.

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North Carolina Zoo
Date Added:
09/04/2020
Wild About Nature: Design a Pollinator
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Learn what a pollinator is, and why they are important. Look at some pollinator examples and some pollinator plants, then try to create your own pollinator using common household supplies.

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09/04/2020
Wild About Nature: Designs in Nature
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Design and create sculptures and land art using sticks, stones, leaves, flowers – any natural elements that can be found in your own backyard!

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09/03/2020
Wild About Nature: Earth Creatures
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Playing with Dirt, Water, and Nature’s Treasures: Create a fantastical creature using soil and discovered natural treasures from your own back yard. Mix in ...

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North Carolina Zoo
Date Added:
10/01/2021
Wild About Nature: Earth Creatures
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Playing with Dirt, Water, and Nature’s Treasures: Create a fantastical creature using soil and discovered natural treasures from your own back yard. Mix in a little water, and voila! Let the creating begin!

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09/03/2020
Wild About Nature: Fairy & Gnome Play Part 1
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Scavenger Hunt--help children to learn how to look for and notice little things in nature by having a fairy/gnome scavenger hunt. Children can use their imag...

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10/01/2021
Wild About Nature: Fairy & Gnome Play Part 1
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Scavenger Hunt--help children to learn how to look for and notice little things in nature by having a fairy/gnome scavenger hunt. Children can use their imagination and look for things they can use for fairy/gnome play.

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Date Added:
09/04/2020
Wild About Nature: Fairy & Gnome Play Pt. 2
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Home Building: Children can engage in imaginative play while manipulating natural and found objects. By describing and sorting through these items, children are building early learning skills.

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North Carolina Zoo
Date Added:
09/04/2020