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Share the wonder of nature with friends or colleagues in a one-of-a-kind setting at Discovery Place Nature.
Host an unforgettable event in the midst of the natural world. Mingle on the outdoor deck and experience the magic of an evening amongst the 100-year-old forest or bring your extended family together for a reunion filled with fun.
For an event that is entertaining, educational and one-of-a-kind, Discovery Place Nature is the perfect place for wedding receptions, parties, family reunions and club or corporate gatherings.
Rental fees include:
Make sure everyone leaves with a photo memento of your special event.
Showcase video, connect to the internet, deliver an interactive presentation on a state-of-the-art smart board.
Meet one of the Museum's animal residents during an up-close encounter.
What do rental fees include
Rental rates include event space, applicable Museum staffing, event manager, janitorial services, set-up and break-down of Discovery Place Nature equipment, parking on a first come, first serve basis at Discovery Place Nature and standard AV equipment. Seated tables, high-top cocktail tables and chairs are included (limitations apply).
The facility rental fees do not include the following services: Add-On Options, additional staff, on-site AV technician, food or beverage service, linens or additional security. All of the services will be itemized in client’s contract as necessary.
How far in advance can I hold my event date?
Requests to reserve space are accepted up to two years in advance of the event date. Only two holds per client are permitted. A client’s requested date will be held for ten business days, by the end of which Discovery Place requires a signed contract and deposit. If a signed contract and deposit have not been received within ten business days, the date will be released. If a definite request from a potential client is received for a date on hold prior to the expiration of the ten-day period, Discovery Place will contact the client with the hold to make a final decision, sign a contract and make a deposit within three business days.
What about catering?
You are welcome to use any licensed caterer at Discovery Place Nature. We can offer suggestions for preferred caterers if you desire.
How long is a standard Museum rental?
The standard rental period is four hours.
Become a Corporate Member and help support the programs at Discovery Place Nature. Corporate Members enjoy special benefits including invitations to exclusive events, discounts for employees and discounts on Museum rentals.
|10:00 a.m.||Lars the Little Polar Bear||Planetarium|
|11:00 a.m.||Puppet Show: The Shadow Knows||N/A|
|11:00 a.m.||Story Time||Dragonfly Theatre|
|12:30 p.m.||Lost in the Woods||Dragonfly Theatre|
|12:30 p.m.||Sherwin the Box Turtle||Wildlife Lab|
|1:00 p.m.||Seasonal Stargazing||Planetarium|
|2:00 p.m.||Live Animal Encounter||Dragonfly Theatre|
|3:00 p.m.||Seasonal Stargazing||Planetarium|
|Jan 23||Lost in the Woods|
|Jan 23||Sherwin the Box Turtle|
|Jan 25||Star Party|
|Jan 26||Guided Nature Walk|
|Jan 30||Leaf Rubbings|
|Feb 02||Groundhog Day|
|Feb 06||Cosmic Journey|
|Feb 09||Wild Valentines|
|Feb 16||Winter Animals|
|Feb 23||Merit Badge Workshop: Environmental Science|
|Mar 11||Senior Science Days: Wildlife of North Carolina|
|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|