When: Thu., March 10 2016
THURSDAY, MARCH 10 PAINT-A-POOP
First we should stress that when the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences says "the science of scat," it's not talking about Ella Fitzgerald. Then we should hasten to underscore that it's paint a poop, not paint in poop. But you can't gold-plate a turd: this is undeniably a time for tykes and weird adults to paint on plaster casts of crap. "The shape, size, and color of scat can tell us about the diet, behavior, and even health of an animal," says the museum, so innocently. You have to be at least eleven to get your hands dirty, and those younger than fifteen need an adult in tow, presumably in case of giggle-related emergencies. Beyond an honorary doctorate in dung, you also get to take home your work of waste, whether whimsical or forensic. "Participants can create realistic-looking bear scat using dried nuts, seeds, and berries!" the museum cries. Oh, shit.
NATURE RESEARCH CENTER, RALEIGH 6–8:30 p.m., $10–$15, www.naturalsciences.org