Schiele Museum of Natural History
Gastonia, NC
January 25, 2021

Butterflies, bugs, and bears! Oh, my! The Schiele Museum of Natural History offers up close learning about those topics and many more. Exhibits include taxidermied and live animals of North America (with a focus on North Carolina), Native Americans, gems and minerals of the world, and dinosaurs to name just a few. Schiele also has an excellent planetarium which will be showing “Earth, Moon and Sun” the day of our visit (upgraded ticket). The 30-minute program helps viewers discover the relationship between the earth, moon and sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. Learn why the sun rises and sets, see how earth’s rotation and tilt impact our climate and seasons, and explore the moon’s orbit, craters and phases. Outdoors, enjoy the nature trail watching for local wildlife and enjoying the PlayScape area.

The Schiele is open offering limited admission. Please join NCHE on this field trip by choosing either the 10-12:30 or 12:30-4 p.m. visit times. Check-in for the morning visit is 10-10:45; and for the afternoon, from 12:30-1:15. Most visitors spend 1-1 1/2 hours enjoying the exhibits and nature trail (not counting the planetarium show). Planetarium shows are scheduled for 10:30, 11:30, 1:30 and 2:30.

Tickets are $3.75 per person 4 and older for admission to the museum and nature trail. Children 3 and younger are admitted free. Upgraded tickets that include general admission AND the “Earth, Moon and Sun” planetarium show are $9.10 per person. Space is limited. Tickets must be purchased by 9 a.m., Monday, January 18, 2021. Tickets are transferable to others for the same day but are non-refundable.

COVID POLICY: While we have taken enhanced safety measures, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place. The CDC advises that senior citizens and those with underlying health conditions are especially vulnerable. By participating in this field trip, you voluntarily assume all risk related to exposure of COVID-19. Masks are required everywhere on the Schiele Museum property. Prior to the field trip, you will receive an email with a COVID-19 self check form. To see the COVID-19 checklist now, please click here.

Questions? Please contact NCHE Activities Director Evelyn Bickley at evelyn.bickley@nche.com.