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Carolina serves students, educators, and distributors in more than 170 countries. No matter the classroom or lab location, our goal is to accommodate a variety of needs.

Customers count on us for all of their living materials needs. We occupy an extensive, custom-designed living materials center that features state-of-the-art facilities and a team of the most dedicated and experienced people in the industry.

Living Materials

Our entomology labs, fish room, greenhouses, and culture labs make it possible for us to provide you with the highest quality specimens. As the most trusted provider of living materials for science education since 1927, our facilities are built on a natural spring that provides clean, pure water for our fish and other aquatic animals, protists, and algae.

We maintain over 750 different types of living materials, in stock and available to ship. Our trained biologists culture and ship over 30 species of protozoa, 150 types of bacteria and fungi, more than 130 kinds of algae, and numerous plant tissue cultures. We also maintain and culture over 75 strains of Drosophila melanogaster, the common fruit fly, for genetics teaching. Those who prefer plant genetics have a choice of more than 15 crosses of corn and other genetic crops, all produced by our staff.

The rest of the organisms we maintain include a wide selection of cultured and collected worms, insects, amphibians, fish, and reptiles. Our field collectors sustainably source and maintain numerous animals and plants. We are renowned for our large painted lady butterfly cultures, one of the largest and healthiest in the United States. Proprietary media, diets and culture methods ensure the best quality living materials.


Order Processing and Fulfillment

Our shipping facility and logistics staff ensures that your living materials reach you in good condition–and on time. We ship living materials across the country, and to many other countries. Our biologists on staff, many of whom are former teachers or researchers, ensure the quality and availability of our living materials, and help to provide unrivaled technical support.