A Walk in the Woods, Environmental Education Compa...

A Walk in the Woods, Environmental Education Company

Welcome to A Walk in the Woods where we inspire children to enjoy the outdoors through fun and educational science programs brought to you.  Children can learn about reptiles, insects, coral reefs, Carolina wildlife, bats, sea turtles, snakes and more. Our traveling museum-based science programs include several hands-on artifacts, educational displays, a Power Point presentation and LIVE ANIMALS for touching in EVERY PROGRAM.  We make it easy for children of all ages to engage in interactive science activities.  In an indoor setting, our mobile museum classroom can be delivered to your doorstep.

Perfect for small or large groups including full grade levels.  



  3450 Hahn Blvd., Concord, NC 28025



Insects "Nothing BUGS ME"

Program description

This live animal science program educates students about the wonderful world of insects.  Students will see LIVE INSECTS including exotic Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, a tarantula, a glowing scorpion and more.  There is a selected animal for touching too.  Students will also touch and see a variety of hands-on artifacts are on display including the beautiful Blue Morpho butterfly from S. America, Atlas Moth (largest moth in the world) and an Asian rain forest insect collection of beetles, cicadas, tarantulas and scorpions. This museum-based science program includes a Power Point presentation, hands-on artifacts, interactive educational displays and live animal demonstrations.

Booking / scheduling contact

Melody Bell Wilkes



Program detail
Artistic discipline: Media, Multi-discipline, Multi-media
Cultural Origin: Other
Program type: Assembly/Performance
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Subject: Science
Bilingual: No
Available dates:


Available times:


Space / technical requirements:

A classroom, gym or media center is ideal for the program and 4 tables to display items on. Access to an electrical outlet is required.


We provide outreach programs delivered to your site.

Fees / Ticketing:

We can accommodate full grade levels!  Basic and deluxe programs available.  Deluxe programs bring more animals, artifacts and activity sheets for copying.  If selecting a deluxe program, please add $75 to the price listed below.

up to 25 students = $230

up to 35 students = $260

up to 45 students = $285

up to 55 students = $310

up to 65 students = $360

up to 75 students = $410

up to 100 students = $485

Please add $3.50 per student over 100




NC Standard Course of Study:

SL2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively and orally.  Our programs focus on a multi-sensory and multi-step approach to learning.  All programs have a Power Point presentation, hands-on artifacts, interactive educational displays and live animal demonstrations.  There are live hands-on animals in every program.

SL5  Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.  Programs include colorful images to explain science concepts via slides, posters, charts and diagrams. Also on display are a large variety of hands-on common and uncommon artifacts (some rare and endangered) for students to compare texture, color, shape and form.

SL6  Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.  During the presentation, students are provided with new vocabulary pertaining to the science topic.

SL3  Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning and use of evidence and rhetoric.  Periodically throughout the presentation, students are encouraged to ask questions.

NC Essential Standards:

K.L.1  Compare characteristics of animals that make them alike and different from other animals and nonliving things.

K.L.1.1.  Compare different types of the same animal (i.e. different types of dogs, different types of cats, etc.) to determine individual differences within a particular type of animal.  Students examine many different types of native and exotic insects including butterflies, moths, roaches, beetles and more and notice the difference in size, coloration and patterns.   They learn the anatomy of an insect and how it is different from a spider.  Numerous mounted specimens are on display for viewing.

2.L.1 Understand animal life cycles  2.L.1.1  Summarize the life cycle of animals


Developing into an adult


Aging and death

Students learn the life cycle of insects.  The life cycle of butterflies and grasshoppers are discussed (complete metamorphosis vs incomplete metamorphosis).  On display are moth eggs, cocoons, chrysalis and adult moths and butterflies.  Hands-on live mealworms in various stages of development are demonstrated (larva-pupa-adult).

4.L.1  Understand the effects of environmental changes, adaptations and behaviors that enable plants and animals to survive in changing habitats. EX. 4.L.1.3  Identify ways that plants and animals protect themselves.  Examples are shown how butterflies and moths protect themselves by utilizing colors and patterns on their wings to represent something harmful to predators.  On display are confiscated items from the US Fish and Wildlife Service that help convey this concept.  The Blue Morpho butterfly has several eye spots, called ocelli, on its wings to confuse predators.  The Atlas Moth has pictures of snake heads in its wingtips to ward of predation from birds.  A live demonstration is conducted with a Madagascar hissing cockroach which creates a snake-like hissing sound to ward off predators.




Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

Notification is needed as soon as possible and we will reschedule the program as calendar permits. A cancellation fee is due if cancelled within a 2 week period from the program date. The cancellation fee is $75.