North Carolina Science Festival 2021 is a statewide collection of events during the month of April, intended to ignite an interest in science in both kids and adults. Events normally place at a number of venues in the Triangle, including museums, parks and libraries.
Last year the festival consisted completely of virtual events. This year it’s a combination of virtual and safe in-person events.
More than 200 events have been announced so far. We will be listing a few of them, below, but make sure to visit the North Carolina Science Festival website for a complete list.
North Carolina Virtual Science Festival
We’ll added some of the events that have been announced, and you can see all of them online.
Follow each link for more information and to register, if required.
Birdhouse Building Contest Viewing
Friday, April 9th, and Saturday, April 10th, 2021
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
248 Ridgewood Avenue, Charlotte
$10 for adults; children under 10 enter free
The annual Birdhouse Building Contest at Wing Haven is an opportunity for adults and children to construct a unique birdhouse that showcases their creativity and highlights the need for bird nesting sites. Houses built by registered participants will be on display in Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary from March 31st through May 1st. All garden visitors March 31st through May 1st are invited to vote on their favorite houses and learn more about providing adequate bird nesting sites through provided educational materials.
On Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10, local bird enthusiasts will be present to answer questions about bird nesting sites and other habitat conservation efforts.
Visit Wing Haven during open hours, Wednesday-Saturday, 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00-3:00pm, to stroll the gardens and cast your votes. Winners will be announced the week of May 3rd. To enter the contest, submit your birdhouse and application by Monday, March 29th, 2021. Contest entry fee of $10 supports educational programming at Wing Haven.
Statewide Star Party at McDowell Nature Center
Friday, April 16th, and Saturday, April 17th, 2021
8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road, Charlotte
Free (registration is required)
Stargaze with a McDowell Naturalist during a night of fun and discovery as we participate in the 2021 North Carolina Statewide Star Party: Moon and Mars. Explore the Moon and Mars during a moonlit night hike through the prairie where we will learn about our nearest solar neighbors and the upcoming NASA missions to investigate them for possible human habitation. Each family will also get a take-home star-party kit for further exploration on their own. In the event of inclement weather, rain plans will be observed.
Water Week at Carolina Raptor Center
Monday, April 26th, through Friday, April 30th, 2021
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road, Huntersville
Included in regular admission ($12 for adults and $8 for students)
Carolina Raptor Center and Charlotte Water are teaming up to create a whole week celebrating the importance of water. The overall theme of the week is Nothing Survives Without Water. During the week, we will provide activities and share cool information about the water in our environment.
Carolina Raptor Center is ending the week with a FREE admission day on May 1st at Carolina Raptor Center thanks to Charlotte Water!Subscribe to Charlotte on the Cheap