Museum Continues Plans for Outdoor Learning Environment

By / Life on the Island / Tuesday, 04 November 2014 05:00

PNC Bank to Sponsor Fundraising Event

New Hanover County’s Cape Fear Museum was given a portion of parks bond funding to create the Outdoor Learning Environment. The Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE) will be an interconnected park-like landscape and interactive exhibit introducing visitors to some of the ways that history, science, and cultures intersect in the Lower Cape Fear region.
It will creatively employ a range of layered, playful, inquiry-based teaching techniques to appeal to multi-generational visitors. The project will feature historic objects, native and adaptive plantings, hands-on activities, and judicious use of signage to encourage visitor exploration. Admission to the OLE will be free and open to the public. The Outdoor Learning Environment and associated programming will open to the public summer of 2015. PNC Bank will sponsor the Cape Fear Museum Associates, Inc.’s fundraiser benefiting the Museum’s Outdoor Learning Environment project, to be held on March 14, 2015 at Union Station. “Outdoor play provides young children with opportunities to learn about the world around them in creative ways,” says Chris George, PNC Bank region manager.  “PNC’s support of the Cape Fear Museum’s Outdoor Learning Environment helps provide more children in the Wilmington area access to these unique learning opportunities.” Residents of Wilmington and New Hanover County passed a bond referendum in 2006 to expand parks, green space, and cultural facilities throughout Wilmington, New Hanover County, and the beach towns. In 2008, the City of Wilmington sought community and citizen input on parks, recreation, and open space needs and priorities. The following master plan goals and objectives were created:
• provide and ensure easily accessible, convenient, and equitably distributed recreation and leisure areas.
• protect the cultural and historical aspects of the region.
• provide safe and secure parks, greenways, open space areas, leisure opportunities, and experiences.
• ensure the protection and conservation of the natural resources and environmental quality in the area.
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, 814 Market St., is open Tuesday -Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday  1 to 5 p.m. Labor Day through Memorial Day. General admission is $8 for adults; $7 for seniors, students and military with valid ID; $5 for children 6-17; and free for children 5 and under and for museum members. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com.

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