A limited number of scholarships are available
Plan a field trip to Discovery Place Nature and explore the flora and fauna of the Carolinas in a hands-on, immersive environment. Featuring live animals and native plant life, the Museum helps students develop a sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural world.
|Museum + Class||$11||FREE||$5*|
Plus any applicable sales and use taxes. *Due to space limitations, extra chaperones may not be able to attend class programs.
One adult chaperone required for every 10 students and admitted to the Museum for free. Additional chaperones will be charged the fees in the chart above.
Go wild on your field trip and meet curriculum requirements by adding a private class led by an experienced Museum educator.
Learn about our creepy crawly friends
Discover how our anatomy is similar and different to other members of the animal kingdom
Explore the similarities and differences among and within animal groups
Get up close to live native animal species to learn about their basic needs for survival
Get introduced to animal life cycles from birth to death
Learn how to find constellations and about the changing phases of the moon
Learn about our planet, moon, local star, neighboring planets and Milky Way galaxy
Learn how Native Americans utilized the land for food, water and shelter
How do the regions of North Carolina support organisms?
Learn why and how animals depend on ponds and puddles
Learn about animals that migrate, hibernate and stay active
Examine how animals behave during the warm spring months
Learn what causes day and night
Explore constellations and observe the Moon in the daytime and nighttime sky
Need some brain food? We've got you covered.
For the safety of our animal residents, there are no indoor dining facilities at Discovery Place Nature. Covered picnic shelters are available at nearby Freedom Park and can be scheduled through Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department. Click here to reserve.
Registration and Payments
Click here to fill out our Reservation Request Form and a Museum representative will contact you.
Register by phone 800.935.0553 or 704.372.6261 x300 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.
Payment is required 3 weeks prior to program or visit date.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA are accepted. A check with your PO number written in the memo section is also accepted.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Cancellation notice of three weeks is required for a full refund. Cancellations with less than three weeks’ notice are non-refundable but may be rescheduled for a visit within a 12-month period. There is no fee for rescheduling as long as the class or visit is rescheduled within one week of the cancellation date and the visit is completed within the 12 months of the originally scheduled date. Changes to the number of attendees must be made three days prior to the program or visit to receive a refund. No refunds will be issued the day of the visit, and no refunds will be issued for amounts of $10.00 or less.
Cars and vans can park at the Museum for free. Limited parking for larger vehicles is available onsite. Additional parking is available at Freedom Park.
One adult chaperone required for every 10 students and admitted to the Museum for free. Additional chaperones will be charged $5 per person.
Due to space limitations, extra chaperones may not be able to attend class programs.
Discovery Place Education Studio provides customized professional development in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to educators across the region at our state-of-the-art facility in uptown Charlotte or delivered right to your school.
|10:00 a.m.||Lars the Little Polar Bear||Planetarium|
|11:00 a.m.||Story Time||Dragonfly Theatre|
|11:30 a.m.||Puppet Show: The Unlovables||Dragonfly Theatre|
|12:30 p.m.||Migration Game||Back Deck|
|1:00 p.m.||Seasonal Stargazing||Planetarium|
|2:00 p.m.||Alligator Feeding||Great Hall|
|3:00 p.m.||Seasonal Stargazing||Planetarium|
|Nov 03||Monarch Madness|
|Nov 14||Migration Game|
|Nov 21||Counting is for the Birds|
|Nov 24||Guided Nature Walk|
|Feb 23||Merit Badge Workshop: Environmental Science|
|Mar 19||Merit Badge Workshop: Interpreting the Sky|
|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|