At Marbles Kids Museum’s Ready, Set, Vet exhibit, plush patients get the care they need. Photography courtesy of MARBLES KIDS MUSEUM
Marbles Kids Museum’s Ready, Set, Vet Exhibit
Kids wear lab coats and, with the aid of stethoscopes, X-rays, exam tables, and imaging stations, diagnose and treat a menagerie of plush stuffed animals at this exhibit, which was designed in partnership with the nearby North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine.
The Cradle of Forestry’s Firefighting Helicopter Simulator
At this historic site, which commemorates the beginning of forest conservation in the United States, climb into the fuselage of a UH-1 Huey Forest Service helicopter, and take flight during a realistic simulation. Guided by pilots and flat-screen projection, visitors will learn about forest fires in the southern Appalachian Mountains
The North Carolina Estuarium’s Water-Cycle Sculpture
In the lobby of this museum — the only education center in the state that interprets the science of estuaries — a giant, interactive driftwood sculpture, completed in 1998 by former public school art teacher and artist Whiting Toler, conceptually shows how the water cycle works.
The 84-acre Museum of Life & Science in Durham is filled with science and nature exhibits and interactive experiences, like the Treehouse Village play zone. Photography courtesy of VISITNC.COM, MUSEUM OF LIFE & SCIENCE
Museum of Life & Science’s Red Wolves
See red wolves Niko (above) and Oak in their naturalistic habitat at this museum, which is part of a nationwide program to rebuild the critically endangered species — once common in North Carolina but now only found in the wild on the Albemarle Peninsula. Since 1993, 23 red wolf pups have been born at the museum.
To commemorate our 90th anniversary, we’ve compiled a time line that highlights the stories, contributors, and themes that have shaped this magazine — and your view of the Old North State — using nine decades of our own words.