More North Carolina students will learn from natural science educational programs, thanks to a $112,500 grant awarded this week to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. The two-year grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) provides general operating support for Museum programs. “This is a very competitive grant,” said Museum Director Betsy Bennett. “We are proud to receive it. During the state’s budget crunch, grant funds such as these are more critical than ever, as the Museum works to continue offering high-quality programs for Museum visitors, students and educators across the state.” The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will use the grant funds to support statewide services, such as “Live From the Museum” distance learning programs, Spanish language programs and Web site activities. The funds also will help strengthen development and fund-raising aimed efforts aimed at creating new programs and improving the Museum’s long-term sustainability. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, in downtown Raleigh, documents and interprets the natural history of the state of North Carolina through exhibits, research, collections, publications, and education programming. Visit the museum on the web.