Engage in a day-long celebration of science and nature

out sciencefestThe Mountain Science Expo will feature science programs and exhibits designed to interest kids and adults from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville.


There will be myriad hands-on exhibits and booths, including the Balsam Mountain Trust WNC Nature Center, the N.C. BioNetwork, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Bricks 4 Kidz and more. The expo’s theme is exploring how science, technology, engineering, art and math are part of our everyday lives.

Science fair exhibits from students in 16 mountain schools will be on display. There will also be a butterfly bioblitz, a presentation from Tom Heck about his rocket launcher and “shover” craft and naturalist programs with live animals, including birds of prey, reptiles and mammals.


The Naturalist's Corner

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