Enhance your field trip with classes that bring nature-based lessons to life
Beginning Aug 6, masks are required for all guests age 2 and over.
Tickets must be purchased online.
Timed entry is required. Stay as long as you like. Re-entry is allowed until 3:30pm with a wristband.
Snacks are allowed in designated areas.
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|Children under 2||Free|
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||$12.00||FREE||$12.00*|
Plus any applicable sales and use taxes. *Due to space limitations, extra chaperones may not be able to attend class programs. Field trip pricing is reserved for state-certified pre K-12 schools with a minum of 15 students.
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.
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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 at 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.
To qualify for our subsidized field trip pricing, you must be a state-certified pre K-12 school with a minimum of 15 students.
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.