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Summer Enrichment (February 2017)

Summer Enrichment

Dear North Carolina Educators,                                                                        


Looking ahead to summer, the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) offers a variety of opportunities for both teachers and students. Advanced registration is now open for many of these workshops, programs, and camps.  DNCR is constantly adding new events and resources, so please visit or sign up for regular email communications to stay up-to-date on new activities.



Let the NC Museum of Art become your classroom one day during your break with the museum’s Teachers Day Out program. Sessions include an overview of the museum’s teacher resources and programs, and your choice from a menu of topics. Experiences can be tailored to meet your particular needs.  The Art Museum also offers a full summer camp schedule for preschool – high school students.  Campers explore the museum collection, hike through the museum park, and draw, paint, and sculpt through 11 unique weeks of creativity. Every August the NC Symphony hosts a 5-hour workshop for educators preparing students to attend education concerts in the Symphony's upcoming season. Attendees are the first to view the season’s education materials, while authors, staff and musicians demonstrate suggested classroom activities and techniques. This season's workshop will take place on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. Teachers who are unable to attend the workshop can attend online. The online workshop includes one printed copy of the teacher and student handbooks and Education Concert CD.



Bentonville Battlefield is offering a free Teacher Institute June 26th & 27th. This two-day program will cover ten hours of activities designed to engage students as they learn about the Civil War in North Carolina. To register, please click here. Reed Gold Mine is developing new and exciting summer camps for the upcoming season that will explore what life was like for children in early America.  Visit their website or email to learn more. Tryon Palace is recruiting members to join its Fife & Drum Corps and Jonkonnu performers. A Fife and Drum Corps youth camp will take place June 19th – June 23rd, and a Jonkonnu workshop open to all ages every Tuesday from June 20th – August 8th at 1:00 p.m. Registration opens this month for the NC Museum of History 2017 summer camps.  Visit their camp page to learn more about each camp and how to register. Camp scholarships are available. This summer, Governor Charles B. Aycock Birthplace will offer summer group tours and two Summer Fun Day Camps filled with activities, crafts, and living history demonstrations. Email to learn more. The Maritime Museum in Beaufort is gearing up for their next season of their Summer Science and Junior Sailing Schools. Both programs are offered throughout the summer and give children the opportunity to explore NC’s coast.  



Summer Reading Programs in North Carolina public libraries encourage school-aged children to continue to read so that they do not experience a loss of reading and other skills while school is out of session. The State Library of North Carolina is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Programs and underwrites the statewide summer reading program for participating state-aid eligible libraries.  Learn more about this year’s program by visiting Collaborative Summer Library Programs.



The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences has exciting summer break opportunities for both teachers and their students. Teachers can apply to join the museum for one of their Educators of Excellence Institutes and have the opportunity to explore Yellowstone National Park or Central America. Application deadlines are Monday, March 6th and can be found here. For kids, the museum offers half-day, full-day, and even week-long residential camps — so there’s something for everyone from rising kindergartners to 12th graders! The NC Aquariums are also home to summer fun.  At their Pine Knoll Shores location, they have a range of camp experiences for rising kindergarteners through 8th grade in June, July and August. Online registration begins at 6 a.m. on April 1, 2017.  Haw River State Park offers Summer Day Camps, Adventure Camp, and even residential Grand Camps designed for grandparents to attend summer camp with their grandchildren. Learn more about their camp offerings, and download the camp registration form here.

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susi H. Hamilton, DNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

DNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit