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In addition to the 24-hour grand opening of the new wing at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, there are a slew of other events going on surrounding it. For example, the weekend will start off with a big gala on Thursday for the VIPs (as well as an after-party that is easier on the wallet).

Here are a few celebrities we would like to see show up for the festivities. What about you? Who would you add to this list?:

1 Steven Hawking, arguably the most well-known scientific figure of our day.

2 Coming in second, Bill Nye, the Science Guy;

3 Coming in third, Jack Hanna; he’s like a scientist;

4 The Duggar family (there are practically 24 of them, aren’t there?)

5 Keifer Sutherland, coz hey, that number is tattooed on his forehead for the rest of his life;

6 Kobe Bryant (number 24 for the Los Angeles Lakers); it’d be good to have an out-of-towner plus we’d be able to see him above the crowd;

7 Clint Howard (April 20th is his birthday) and he always has to play those cheesy bit parts in big brother Ron’s movies;

8 Speaking of Ron Howard, we should invite him since he was Opie, who visited Raleigh back in the day;

9 Carl Sagan, if he wasn’t dead;

10 Jane Goodall; it seems like the kind of thing she would enjoy;

11 Peter Segal and Carl Castle from “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me” on NPR; maybe we would make this week’s limerick;

12 David Letterman; because Raleigh never makes Top Ten lists (<:

13 Jason Wu; we can find out if there is anything left after that Target thing;

14 and 15 Any living astronaut, like Buzz Aldrin or Neil Armstrong; since they have seen the real thing they could tell us how realistic our globe is;

16 The entire cast of Big Bang Theory;

17 Speaking of TV, Michael C. Hall so we can see if he still talks to us little people;

18 Speaking of cable TV, Jon Hamm, just because;

19 John Tesh, an alumnus of N.C. State; we’re sure he’d be happy to make a return visit to Raleigh;

20 and 21 Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin; Tina would be great and so would Alec as long as he didn’t crack on us on Twitter;

22 Lupo, William and Kate’s dog. We’ll just watch to make sure he doesn’t lift his leg on Antarctica.

23 Musician Thomas Dolby who became famous for recording the classic tune, “She Blinded me with Science”; we have a feeling he’s not doing anything right now;

24 Mike Myers; the globe would make a great location shoot for “Wayne’s World: The Comeback”

Make your own list, then fire off those Twitter invitations. In the meantime, go to visitRaleigh.com/newworld for information, then bring your star power to Raleigh!

Join us for the much-anticipated opening of the [1] new wing of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Lifelong learners can spend part of the day soaking up all the science and technology they want to, then continue learning at these other great mind-stretching options in Greater Raleigh.

Home tours at [2] Mordecai Historic Park and the [3] Joel Lane Museum House are led by costumed docents.

Head over to the official [4] Visitor Information Center, located in the corridor between the [5] Raleigh Convention Center and the [6] Raleigh Marriott City Center, a good place to grab a few brochures, an [7] Official Visitors Guide with more information for Lifelong Learners.

Move to the [8] Raleigh City Museum in the historic Briggs Hardware building and view special shows that bring the area’s history to life.

Make an appointment to tour the [9] N.C. Executive Mansion, the private residence of the Governor of North Carolina.

Cross the road and stroll down the tree-lined streets of [10] Historic Oakwood, one of downtown Raleigh’s oldest neighborhoods with grand Victorian houses and colorful gardens.

The historic [11] Oakwood Cemetery, established in 1869, is the final resting place of 1,500 Confederate soldiers, five Civil War generals, seven governors and numerous U.S. Senators.

Speaking of the Civil War, stop by [12] visitRaleigh.com/civilwar to learn more about Raleigh’s role in the War Between the States and the tour of war-related sites.

Grab a picnic lunch and make your way to [13] Historic Yates Mill County Park. This 174-acre park is home to a fully-operable 1756 gristmill that still grinds corn throughout the year.

You can’t visit North Carolina’s capital city without a trip to the [14] N.C. State Capitol, which turned 170 in 2010. This is one of the nation’s best-preserved examples of a major civic building in the Greek Revival style.

Across the street is one of the state’s most celebrated museums, the [15] N.C. Museum of History, which brings our state’s diverse history alive with an expansive permanent collection and rotating special exhibits.

Want a unique way to tour the historic sites of downtown Raleigh? Scoot along on a motorized Segway with [16] Triangle Glides, sit back and relax on with a guided tour on a Raleigh rickshaw or feel like you’re in the old South with a horse-drawn carriage from [17] J&L Carriage Company.

Take a stroll through the historic downtowns of [18] Wake Forest, [19] Apex, or [20] Cary. Charming streets with locally owned restaurants and specialty stores feel like a simpler time.

And if you need a Mayberry fix, [21] Pullen Park has the original TV Land statue of Andy and Opie from the popular Andy Griffith television show.

Thirsty after all of your touring? Stop in at [22] Isaac Hunter’s Oak City Tavern where they concoct The Cherry Bounce, Raleigh’s signature beverage which is said to have played a part in the founding of Raleigh as North Carolina’s capital city.

Take a short drive from Raleigh to the [23] North Carolina Railroad Museum and [24] New Hope Valley Railway where you can take a self-guided tour of antique railroad equipment and take a train ride on this historic railroad.

We hope you’re making plans to attend the 24-hour grand opening of the Nature Research Center at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, the weekend of April 20, and while you’re in the area take some time to taste some of the area’s stellar culinary delights. In honor of the 24-hour opening here are 24 Signature Dishes the Raleigh area is known for. If you have your own suggestions that should have made the list, be sure to tell us here, on Facebook or Twitter.

  1. Chocolate Chess Pie at the Angus Barn. This simple southern sweet is famous from coast-to-coast and has won numerous national awards.
  2. Macaroni and Cheese from Poole’s Diner. When you walk into Poole’s Diner, there is no doubt that you’ll see most tables with an order of this classic comfort food.
  3. Fried Chicken and Waffles at Beasley’s Chicken + Honey. Chicken and waffles may sound like an odd combination, but you don’t know what you’re missing until you’ve tried Chef Ashley Christensen’s version.
  4. The Dirty South at Chuck’s. This is one of the best burgers you will ever eat topped with chili, crispy onions, local cheese, slaw and mustard. Be prepared to get messy.
  5. Crack Fries at Market Restaurant. Hand-cut fries tossed in truffle oil and sprinkled with asiago cheese. Need we say more, we guarantee you’ll be addicted.
  6. Steamed Oysters at Shucker’s Oyster Bar and Grill. Shuck your own bucket at this local hotspot in Wake Forest.
  7. Barbecue from Clyde Cooper’ s BBQ. This Raleigh institution has been serving Carolina-style pork barbecue since 1938.
  8. The Beaufort Bar from Escazu Chocolate. This traditional bean-to-bar chocolate-maker is well known for this dark chocolate and sea salt–a perfect combination of sweet and salty.
  9. Pancakes at Big Ed’s City Market Restaurant. These pancakes are as big as hubcaps and made from pound-cake batter. It’s a good idea to start with just one.
  10.  Hot Dogs at the Roast Grill. The sign says “Hot Weiners,” and that’s all this 72-year-old restaurant serves. Hot dogs are grill-blackened and Southern-style, and don’t ask for ketchup, it isn’t available!
  11. Shrimp Hushpuppies from Peak City Bar and Grill. Shrimp mixed with hushpuppy batter is a favorite at this downtown Apex restaurant.
  12. Eclectic fare at Knightdale Seafood & BBQ. Known for its home-style cooking and oyster bar, they also serve unique dishes like alligator tail and ostrich burgers.
  13. Malai Chicken Tikka at Saffron Restaurant. Located in Morrisville, Saffron’s award-winning chef offers diners a gourmet Indian dining experience.
  14. Baked Goat Cheese Salad at Cattails Restaurant. This gourmet restaurant serves upscale cuisine overlooking Five County Stadium, home to the Single-A Carolina Mudcats baseball team.
  15. Meat-and-Three at Toot-N-Tell Family Restaurant. This Garner landmark is the real deal serving traditional southern fare including a Meat-and-Three plate.
  16. Chicken Schnitzel from Klara’s. This traditional chicken dish is just one of the authentic Czech dishes served in the heart of downtown Cary.
  17. Smokehouse Ribs at Aviator Brewing Smokehouse. St. Louis pork ribs marinated in Aviator Brewing Company’s Hot Rod Red. Served with two sides OR one of their very own microbrews.
  18. Cupcake from the Cupcake Shoppe. Offering 12-15 specialty flavors daily, there’s no doubt that you’ll satisfy your sweet tooth.
  19. Cornmeal-Crusted Catfish at 18 Seaboard. Chef / owner Jason Smith grew up in Raleigh, and this signature dish is served with a country ham grit cake and tomato relish.
  20. Pimento Cheese at Side Street Café. Mama’s creamy, sharp pimento cheese on your choice of bread is the perfect choice for lunch.
  21. Grilled Cheese at Rockwell’s American Grill. You don’t always need soup to accompany a grilled cheese in Cary.
  22. Sushi at Mura. Mura in North Hills provides the backdrop for some of the best sushi in town, both traditional and specialty rolls.
  23. Klausie’s Pizza Food Truck. Food trucks don’t have a brick-and-mortar location so you have to know when and where they’ll be, but following Klausie’s on social media to find out where you can find a slice is well worth the effort.
  24. The Raleigh Times Burger. Rated one of the best burgers in Raleigh by numerous local and national publications.

On July 5-14, 2012, Dr. Meg Lowman, director of the new wing at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, will lead a group of educators and naturalists on an amazing, nine-day trip to the Amazon rainforest. The best part: visitRaleigh.com and the museum are giving you a chance to go along!

Now through Tuesday, May 15, enter to win a spot on this rainforest expedition and become part of a team of educators and naturalists studying in the Amazon basin of Peru. The visitRaleigh.com sweepstakes prize includes the workshop cost, in-country air and international air round-trip to Lima.

The winner of the “Raleigh’s New World” prize package can:

  • work side-by-side with scientists in one of the most biologically diverse environments on the planet
  • ascend over 115 feet on a ¼-mile Rainforest Canopy Walkway, one of the few of its kind in the world
  • interact with indigenous people and see how they use the forest for medicine, food and shelter
  • get up-close with as many as seven kinds of primates at Monkey Island’s conservation project
  • use hand lenses, binoculars, maps and taxonomic keys for identification of insects, butterflies, plants, birds and more

You just need to be a legal U.S. resident, be 18+ and have a valid passport, and you could be selected the grand prize winner on May 16! (See official rules for full details.) This dynamic journey is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a Lifelong Learner.

Enter now, and remember to get a jump-start on your nature research experience at the grand opening of the new wing at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, April 20-21, in downtown Raleigh.

The 24-hour grand opening of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ new wing (Nature Research Center) is approaching, and we’re counting the days to the April 20 event. When you attend the grand opening yourself, you’ll enjoy interactive exhibits, cutting-edge multimedia experiences and hands-on activities, but what about the less obvious knowledge you can gather from the Nature Research Center (NRC), like the facts behind the exhibits and the features of the wing itself?

We’ve got 24 fun facts that will take you deeper into the science and construction of Raleigh’s new research and education gem—each involving a number.

1)      There is more than one mile of track lighting in the new wing.

2)      Ninety-five percent of the lighting system is LED.

3)      LED lamps in the wing run on only 12 watts, instead of 100 watts for an equivalent halogen lamp.

4)      The first floor’s articulated right whale, Stumpy, is 52 feet long and weighs 495 pounds.

5)      Each of Stumpy the Whale’s jawbones is 14 feet long.

6)      There are 400 sheets of baleen in the mouth of a right whale.

7)      The main floor to the top of the atrium is 86-feet high.

8)      The granite at the front entrance of the NRC was mined 250 miles away in Culpeper, Va.

9)      The SECU Daily Planet is approximately 72 feet in diameter.

10)   472 stainless steel plates cover the outside of the Daily Planet.

11)   479 tons of soil were removed from the build site of the NRC, cleaned and reused elsewhere.

12)   There are 3,600 5.3-inch glass squares in the Atrium Ribbon sculpture.

13)   Each glass square can display 256 shades of gray when charged with pulses of DC voltage.

14)   It takes less than 60 watts to power the entire Atrium Ribbon display.

15)   There are 10,000 gallons of saltwater in the reef exhibit and aquarium on the first floor.

16)   There are 80,000 square feet in the new wing.

17)   There have been roughly 1,100 “seen to fall” meteorites recorded worldwide.

18)   The NRC’s collection of meteorites includes 10 percent of this total.

19)   The “Postcards from Space” exhibit displays a meteorite that is 5,200,000,000 years old.

20)   The meteorite is 400,000,000 years older than our Solar System.

21)   There are 30,000 pop rivets in the screen of the Daily Planet theater.

22)   Each rivet had to be hand-painted white after instillation.

23)   There are 29,930,472 red, green and blue pixels in the Daily Planet’s theater screen.

24)   150,000 gallons of water can potentially collect in the cistern below the NRC for use in irrigation.

Impress your friends and family at the grand opening (or anytime this Spring) with these fun facts, and you’ll appreciate the Nature Research Center even more because you’re a Lifelong Learner.

You have heard us say for the past few weeks that we would start the countdown clock 24 days before the 24-hour grand opening of the new wing of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. Well, we’re officially 24 days out, and the clock is on at visitRaleigh.com/newworld!

Here’s what will happen these next 24 days:

  • The countdown clock will continue to the grand opening celebration on Friday, April 20, 2012, at 5pm (the museum will stay open until 5pm on Saturday, April 21). Event planners are expecting as many as 50,000 people to converge on the streets surrounding the museum during that 24-hour time period, and they’re putting together a full slate of concerts, exhibits, food and other surprises.
  • At visitRaleigh.com, we’re launching 24 great hotel, restaurant and attraction deals in honor of the opening at visitRaleigh.com/newworld. Each one of those deals will be a “Deal of the Day” from now until April 20 (but all can be redeemed now).
  • Oh, and then there’s this: visitRaleigh.com and the museum have teamed up to offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for one lucky adventurer to win a nine-day trip to the Amazon rainforest.

One (1) grand prize winner will be selected and awarded a complimentary trip to the EcoTeach Amazon Rainforest Workshop, July 5-14, 2012. The prize includes the workshop cost, in-country air and international air round-trip to Lima, Peru.

Sweepstakes rules include the option for the winner to transfer the prize one time, which means if you have a son or daughter (or parent!) who you think would love to take advantage of this opportunity, and you win, you can pass the prize along to him or her. (See official rules for full details.)

To watch the clock, find the visitor deals and enter to win the trip, click here! And don’t wait: start planning now to be here for Raleigh’s New World!

Find the latest official rundown of the museum grand opening event here. And to be in the know about everything related to the new wing, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

If you have ever been to Raleigh Wide Open or First Night Raleigh, you know that North Carolina’s capital city knows how to throw a street party. Each year, these events draw tens of thousands of visitors out into the streets for great food, the arts, live music and local culture.

The upcoming 24-hour grand opening of the Nature Research Center will be no exception. On April 20-21, a crowd of more than 50,000 people is expected to pour into the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, its new wing and the outdoor area next to the SECU Daily Planet for two days that will set the bar high for grand openings.

Just how large a crowd does 50,000 visitors make, you ask? Imagine every inch of Carter-Finley Stadium filled with people, or nearly three PNC Arenas filled to the brim. That’s large! More than 280,000 square feet of combined space at the location of the grand opening and the 24-hour timeframe guarantees that while the crowd will be huge, you won’t have to worry about being overcrowded.

Let’s be honest. If there’s a crowd of 50,000 people gathering somewhere for a unique 24-hour grand opening event, don’t you think it’s something you won’t want to miss? We’ll be there, making history at one of the largest and most highly anticipated gatherings in Raleigh!

To sign up to recieve email updates on the 24-hour grand opening, click here.

With nationally recognized science and research hubs such as North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus and a corner of The Research Triangle Park (the 7,000-acre R&D district), Greater Raleigh is known as a leader in the field. Soon, the future of science here will be enhanced by a new, interactive facility downtown, the Nature Research Center, opening April 20, 2012.

The Nature Research Center is the new, 80,000-square-foot wing of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences that will bring research scientists and their important work directly into the public eye. The mysteries of science will be demystified to better prepare science educators and students to pursue the sometimes-intimidating field.  Ultimately, this center will impact the future of science by inspiring a new generation of scientists.

Facts: Life can thrive in boiling water. Ghost shrimp hate heavy metal. You have six feet of DNA in every cell. These are all interesting things about our world, but how do we know? Scientists at the Nature Research Center will help reveal the science behind these facts through presentations, hands-on activities, demonstrations and multimedia exhibits that you won’t find anywhere else.

There are so many exciting things to learn about natural science and the things we know because of it. The Nature Research Center is going to be one of the premier places in the nation to inspire students, families and educators and provide them with the information they need to continue in the footsteps of so many world-changing scientists before them.

This is one of the major ways Raleigh is further establishing its place in the future of science. How are you establishing yours? Visit us April 20 or anytime this Spring!

There isn’t much naturally special about the weekend of April 20 (except Earth Day), so you’re probably wondering why we’d recommend such a random time to visit. For no intentional reason other than that Greater Raleigh is an exceptionally happening and fun-filled place, this weekend is absolutely brimming with events, much more so than usual.

Bring in the Spring with some fun in the sun. The Cuegrass Festival has been an annual hit, hosting one of downtown Raleigh’s largest block parties complete with delicious barbecue and fixin’s from The Pit, not to mention awesome live bands. Get artsy by attending a performance of Leaving Iowa at Raleigh’s Theatre In The Park, or mix your love of food and the arts at the Great Grapes! Art, Music and Wine Festival at the Town of Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre.

Adrenaline Junkies can have the time of their lives with a few N.C. State baseball home games and Carolina Mudcats home games to choose from throughout the weekend. Even aside from baseball, the sports scene will be especially happening, with the ACC Tennis Championship and the North American Table Tennis Olympic Trials at Bond Park, both taking place in Cary.

The performance arts will be going strong during this weekend, with Steel Magnolias and Passport to Wales both set to be performed by the N.C. Theatre and N.C. Symphony, respectively. The Raleigh Amphitheater will host the intoxicating DAYGLOW show, a high-energy fusion of music, art, dance and paint that forms the world’s largest paint party. The Carolina Ballet will also be at the Progress Energy Center, with a dazzling performance of Carmina Burana.

Make sure to get your laughs over the weekend with the belly-rolling humor of the comedians performing at the World Series of Comedy at Goodnight’s Comedy Club. Or watch clowns, dancers and artists perform daring feats at the Cole Brothers Circus at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

On top of all this, Raleigh will host the area’s largest grand opening, possibly ever! The new Nature Research Center wing at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will open its doors for the first time on April 20, complete with a 24-hour celebration. This will be the largest all-night party downtown Raleigh has ever seen!

There sure isn’t a shortage of fun things to do in Greater Raleigh April 20-22, and we’re positive you’ll leave wishing the weekend had lasted a little longer so you’d have had time to fit in even more!

As Director of North Carolina’s new Nature Research Center (NRC), Meg oversees all aspects of the technology/research/education center including staff supervision; research laboratories; technology; fund-raising; strategic planning; and integration with existing Museum programs. To learn more about the opening of the Nature Research Center and the events surrounding the opening, click here.

1. Describe yourself in one word.

Lorax.

2. How did you get the nickname, Canopy Meg?

Middle-school kids labeled me when I did a global distance learning program, broadcasting live from the Amazon canopy to schools and institutions around the world–it was infectious and it stuck!

3. Any special talents?

Sheep-shearing; tree-climbing; culinary expert on entomophagy (cooking bugs!).

4. Where is your favorite place to travel?

The Amazon.

5. How can visitors make the most of their trip to the museum?

PLAN ON A WHOLE DAY! See some of the cool exhibits, stop and eat/enjoy/ask questions, then see a bit more. Don’t miss the tropical rain forest, the biodiversity lab and the amazing new Daily Planet!

6. What are the five “do not miss” parts of the new wing?

  • The ribbon of life and light in the front foyer.
  • The Daily Planet theater where scientists will broadcast their discoveries.
  • Walking up the stairwell with all its natural light (great for a special event!)
  • The science cafe, modeled after a sports bar but where eight TV screens will broadcast live science feeds (hopefully fun for legislators to come and have a drink after work).
  • The Postcards from Space exhibit and the Biodiversity Wall exhibit.

8. Are you planning to stay up all night during the opening?

Yes!!! I will be hosting scientists in the Daily Planet, including a few whom we will meet “virtually” using our new technologies.

9. Where would you like to visit that you haven’t already?

I would love to spend a week at a gorgeous beach along the coast of North Carolina and hear the waves, write my newspaper columns and smell the invigorating salt-air.

10. What is your other favorite Raleigh attraction (besides the NCMNS)?

I love The Pit BBQ, the N.C. Art Museum with its fabulous grounds and a walk at Hemlock Bluffs park in Cary.

11. What is your vision for the NRC five years from now?

That every student in North Carolina will have met a scientist, either real or virtual, through our programs; and that those scientists will be role models for the next generation.

12. What is your advice to young would-be scientists, especially girls?

To do math and science in school, to learn technology and (for girls) to remember that we represent over half of the brain cells on this planet, so we need to use them!

13. What was your first science project/experience as a child?

In fifth grade, I won second prize in the N.Y. State science fair, surrounded by boys. I was so shy that I did not even dare speak, due to the gender disparity, but it also made me determined to pursue what I loved.

14. What was the last book you read?

Half the Sky by Nicolas Kristoff and Sherry WuDung

15. Where is your favorite place to dine in Greater Raleigh (Wake County)?

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Raleigh restaurants–they are one of the greatest attributes of this area. My favorite special dining is Second Empire, and my favorite sushi is Sono, and my best always-good-food is Italian, 518 West.

16. What fascinates you the most about canopy ecology?

The amazing “eureka” element. Until recently, when a few of us climbed into the canopy, no human being knew that half of the biodiversity on our terrestrial Earth lived in the treetops. For centuries, foresters had assessed forests by looking at the very bottom of the tree. It is almost as if we had been trying to gauge the health of people by just looking at someone’s big toe but ignoring the rest. It is also humbling to realize that a kid can come from a small, underserved town (as I did) and make a cool discovery in science, because there is so much left that remains unknown.

17. What is the most unforgettable thing you have seen/learned on an expedition?

Unforgettable–trillions of army ants on bivouac in the African jungles (translation: scary!!!).
Learned–that every plant has a medicinal use, but you have to work with the shaman in each village to share this knowledge.

18. What do you see as the biggest threat to forest conservation?

Lack of science education in America. Our “buying power” is threatening the rainforest, but people do not understand that what they buy has the ability to make a difference. If American products had labels explaining where the product was harvested, and if forest was logged to produce the goods, we would probably not purposefully buy things that came from killing the very forests that keep us alive.

19. Where do you take your friends when they visit Raleigh?

The NCMNS and Nature Research Center, of course. Then we wander down Fayetteville Street for a drink and appreciate the architecture, head over to Glenwood Avenue to see the amazing nightlife as well as the Contemporary Art Museum on First Friday, walk around Lake Johnson, have lunch at the Art Museum and see the Audubon portfolio, check out some of the amazing trees on the NCSU campus, walk in Hemlock Bluffs and dine out in Raleigh with a fabulous bicycle-taxi home.

20. Who is the most famous person (or scientist) you have ever met?

I worked with Bob Ballard for over 10 years (he discovered the Titanic); I taught Jeff Corwin (Animal Planet) to climb trees; I hosted the Duke of Edinburgh in his first canopy expedition; and Tommy Hilfiger was my next-door neighbor growing up in rural, upstate New York. But I firmly believe that the most famous persons I have ever met are the kids who visit the NRC and are inspired to grow up and solve scientific problems… I am honored to meet them every day in my job.

21. What’s on your iPod?

AC/DC (I love rock music, especially when flying on long plane flights); Enya (for relaxation); 1,500 bird songs (yes, that many!); and a bunch of other amazing music that my two sons programmed for me so I could relate to their taste in music!

22. What are your “can’t miss” TV shows?

I am a huge CSI fan (and have invited Emily Proctor to the NRC).

23. If you were on a desert island, and you could only take three things, what would they be?

Oreo cookies, my headlamp (soooo cool for any nocturnal events) and a journal to write about nature.

24. What’s your Destination ID? (Adrenaline Junkie, Creative Genius, Fashionista, Foodie, Free Spirit, Music Maniac or Lifelong Learner)

A hybrid of Adrenaline Junkie with Lifelong Learner (meaning I hope that I won’t have to sleep too much, because there is so much living to do!).

Photo courtesy of the Nature Research Center Facebook page.

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