More than just leaves are changing at the Museum of Life and Science this fall.
Museum members will have the opportunityFriday through Sunday, Sept. 25-27, to experience the museum's newest outdoor playscape, Hideaway Woods.
Situated on two acres, this one-of-a-kind natural discovery environment includes eight interconnected treehouses reaching up to 20 feet in the air at their highest point.
Members will be able to navigate between each of the unique, hand-crafted treehouses using a variety of net bridges, slides, and a spiral staircase. A “mini treehouse” area specially designed for early childhood play offers young explorers the chance to investigate scaled slides, bridges, and a special area for nature based imaginative play.
Additional Hideaway Woods play areas include an accessible woodland stream, a woven branch sculpture, “Sweetgum Thicket,” by local artist Patrick Dougherty, and imaginative play zones.
The thicket, with a wheelchair-accessible path running down the middle, is constructed entirely of sweetgum and red maple saplings. The sticks were responsibly harvested from Irvin Farm in Chapel Hill to help Triangle Land Conservancy cull an area that was eventually cleared to make room for oak trees. The museum hopes to get at least five years out of the woven saplings.
“Hideaway Woods offers endless opportunities for moments of wonder and curiosity about the natural world,” said Barry Van Deman, museum president and CEO.
“This grand playscape immerses families in nature, inviting them to climb high into the trees, wade in a stream, explore the forest, and stretch their powers of observation,” he said. “Being prepared to live in a STEM-filled world starts with becoming curious observers, and Hideaway Woods is a perfect place to acquire that skill."
And for the adults ...
Triangle brew lovers can learn more about their favorite local beers from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Museum of Life and Science’s 6th annual Science of Beer.
This year’s event will feature over 20 local breweries, scientists from the Duke Institute for Brain Scientists, The Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, BioNetwork, and UNC’s departments of Chemistry, Psychology, and Neurology. Hands-on demonstrations and experiments will explore how smell influences the tastes of difference beers, how to achieve a winning beer pong trajectory, and more. A panel discussion with brewers and farmers will examine the future of locally grown hops in North Carolina.
New this year, a VIP workshop will offer a 4-course tasting menu from local chefs paired with American craft brews before joining the larger Science of Beer event.
Tickets are $30 for members, $35 for the general public and $100 for the event plus VIP workshop. For ticketsgo to lifeandscience.org/afterhours