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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.||One World, One Sky||Planetarium|
|11:00 a.m.||Story Time||Dragonfly Theatre|
|11:30 a.m.||Puppet Show: Carolina Morning||Dragonfly Theatre|
|1:00 p.m.||Seasonal Stargazing||Planetarium|
|2:00 p.m.||Alligator Feeding||Great Hall|
|3:30 p.m.||Seasonal Stargazing||Planetarium|
|6:00 p.m.||Live Animal Encounter||Dragonfly Theatre|
|6:30 p.m.||One World, One Sky||Planetarium|
|7:00 p.m.||Seasonal Stargazing||Planetarium|
|Jul 18||Nature's Stink|
|Jul 21||The Buzz About Bees|
|Jul 22||Busy Bees|
|Jul 24||Fantastic Frogs|
|Aug 11||Merit Badge Workshop: Insect Study|
|Aug 25||Merit Badge Workshop: Reptile & Amphibian Study|
|Sep 08||Merit Badge Workshop: Bird Study|
|Sep 19||Senior Science Days: Wildlife of North Carolina|
|Oct 13||Merit Badge Workshop: Environmental Science|