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Fossil Festival

Earth Day Celebration

Sci-Farm Day

Old Rocks, Young Minds


Earth’s 4.6-billion-year geological and biological history is deduced from the analysis of rocks, minerals, and fossils found throughout the world. The layered evidence can be read almost like pages in a book when one understands the different types of rocks and how they form and continually change. Rocks and minerals have fascinating stories to tell about the processes that have shaped our earth throughout its history. And fossils tell stories of life in ancient oceans and tropical seas, primeval swamps and tidal flats, prehistoric meandering rivers and wind-blown sand dunes - all of which come to life as we unlock the secrets preserved in stone.

Nano Mini-Exhibition

May 7, 2015 - August 2, 2015

"Nano" is an interactive exhibition that engages family audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. Hands-on exhibits present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce some real world applications, and explore the societal and ethical implications of this new technology. The display contains text in English, Spanish, and has braille labels.

The exhibit was created by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Network), with support from the National Science Foundation, and is on loan from the North Carolina Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative.

A few of our Past Exhibits:

Current Exhibits:

Creative North Carolina

May 16, 2014 - November 8, 2014

From earliest times, the urge to create has been a trait common to all humankind. Many of the pieces in this exhibit of contemporary North Carolina artists have creative roots that extend far into the past and to the earliest peoples and cultures of North Carolina. Thousands of years ago in this area of the country, Native Americans were making pine needle baskets, waterfowl decoys, and pottery from the rich clay deposits. Hundreds of years ago, African slaves brought their own ancient influences to the arts of basketry and pottery, including the face jugs; and early European settlers along the coast began creating their own versions of decoys. The creative impulse is very strong and modern day North Carolina artists, such as those whose work is featured here, continue to find means of expression, influenced by the environment and by the tapestry of history and culture that continues to fashion life in North Carolina.

Sound and Music

Developed by students from the Duplin Early College High School. 

Moth Night

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Part of National Moth Week.

​Join us in celebrating National Moth Week! Moth week is a nations wide citizen-science project that contributes data to scientific communities all over the world! This week is a time to appreciate their beauty and learn more about a moth's life cycle and habitats. We will have a live moth viewing area equipped with magnifiers and a guidebook to research what you find! We hope to see you there, happy moth-ing! 

The Bill of Rights and You

Through the Kenansville Area Development and Preservation Foundation, Inc., the Museum's  pop-up exhibit from the National Archives, The Bill of Rights and You, traveled around Duplin County to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the ratification of this landmark document.

The Bill of Rights and You explores the origins of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution (collectively known as the Bill of Rights), illustrates how each amendment protects U.S. citizens, and looks at how Americans exercise the rights outlined in the amendments. 

Duplin Agribusiness Fair, Oct. 17-20, 2018

Alternative Energy Day Tour

Stargazing at Cabin Lake

Talk Like a Pirate Day

September 21, 2019

Past Events:

Cowan Museum of History and Science

The Way We Worked 

A Traveling Exhibit through the Smithsonian Institution, National Archives and the NC Humanities Council. Held at James Sprunt Community College in Kenansville.

Holiday Open House

​Saturday, December 7, 2019, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.​​

The Joann Cowan Brown Botanical Garden is part of the ecoEXPLORE program

ecoEXPLORE (Experiences Promoting Learning Outdoors for Research and Education) is an incentive-based citizen science program for children in grades K-8. Developed by The North Carolina Arboretum, this innovative pilot program combines science exploration with kid-friendly technology to foster a fun learning environment for children while encouraging them to explore the outdoors and participate in citizen science. (Source: ecoexplore.net)