Science Saturdays

The Tactile World of Textiles

  • Saturday, February 9, 2019 – 9:00 am12:00 pm

Get your fill of the science craze! Explore agriculture and horticultural sciences all year round with Science Saturdays, a Saturday morning science workshop to explore concepts with hands-on projects and experiments. Join us and dive into topics like water quality, photosynthesis, plant chemistry, animal science, food science and more!

February: The Tactile World of Textiles

What do mats, rope, indigo, paper, t-shirts, and nets all have in common? All are related to textiles and all are made from plants, of course! This Science Saturday we 'll focus on past and present technologies that convert plant materials into fibrous products. If you are wearing blue jeans, you likely are wearing indigo, a time-honored plant dye, as well as cotton, which has been used for generations to make our clothing. You can still purchase handmade paper, even though most of today 's paper comes from large mills. Rope, nets, and mats, once made by hand from plants, are now manufactured in factories using a variety of raw materials. Come discover the wonderful world of textiles and create your own products from plant fibers!


6th, 7th and 8th grade students
$10.00 per student for Project PLANTS summer campers and Arboretum Family Members, $15.00 per student for nonmembers
Advance registration is required. Please register online using our registration e-store.
Although we understand that unexpected things happen, cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to event will not receive a refund.
The Yurt, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please contact Elizabeth Overcash, children's program coordinator, at or (919) 513-7011 for more information about this workshop.