An outdoor exhibition that encourages imaginative play in a creative environment
In Creature Cavern, little ones can get up close with chipmunks, snakes, skinks, a skunk, an opossum, an owl and more.
From amphibians to mammals, kids can learn about animals that they may even spot in their own backyard including black rat snakes, Cope’s gray tree frogs, anoles, flying squirrels, chipmunks.
There’s even a copperhead snake on exhibition which is the only venomous snake commonly found in Mecklenburg County. Make sure to take time to compare all the snakes and think about how they look different to each other. For example copperheads have triangular heads, cat-like shaped eyes, and an hourglass pattern on their bodies.
Heads up not to miss the Southern flying squirrels which are nocturnal, so they may be sleeping during your visit. Sometimes if you enter Creature Cavern right when the Museum opens you can catch them awake to eat breakfast.
Stop by to say hello to Queen Charlotte, the city's official groundhog. Will she be getting ready to make her weather proclamation?
There’s no question our screech owl will be watching you while you’re exploring Creature Cavern. Did you know screech owls are raptors, which means they are carnivorous, have strong feet with sharp talons, a hooked beak and very good eyesight? The screech owl on exhibition was rehabilitated after a wing injury but is unable to fly or survive in the wild. We are happy she is home with us.
|10:00 a.m.||Lars the Little Polar Bear||Planetarium|
|11:00 a.m.||Story Time||Dragonfly Theatre|
|11:30 a.m.||Puppet Show: Don't Make a Pet of Me||N/A|
|1:00 p.m.||Seasonal Stargazing||Planetarium|
|2:00 p.m.||Alligator Feeding||N/A|
|2:00 p.m.||Alligator Feeding||Great Hall|
|3:00 p.m.||Seasonal Stargazing||Planetarium|
|Feb 23||Birdfeeder Bonanza|
|Feb 23||Guided Nature Walk|
|Feb 23||Merit Badge Workshop: Environmental Science|
|Mar 02||Wildlife Baby Shower|
|Mar 02||Monthly Bird Walk|
|Mar 09||Foraging in the Forest|
|Mar 11||Senior Science Day: Wildlife of North Carolina|
|Mar 16||Waxy Watercolors|
|Mar 19||Merit Badge Workshop: Interpreting the Sky|
|Mar 23||Lettuce Get Our Hands Dirty|
|Mar 23||Guided Nature Walk|
|Mar 27||Underwater Wonders|
|Apr 06||Merit Badge Workshop: Environmental Science|
|Apr 23||Merit Badge Workshop: Flora & Fauna of the Carolinas|
|May 03||Discovery Place Nature Exploration Weekend|
|Jun 01||Merit Badge Workshop: Environmental Science|