Ever wonder how kids can go wild in a fun, safe learning environment?

Discover amazing critters and natural treasures at Discovery Place Nature Summer Camps. Campers will connect to the natural world through hands-on activities, art, close encounters with live animals, stories, games, nature treks and outdoor play.

NEW THIS YEAR

  • Extended Care is now available from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. for $75 per week.
  • Half-day Camps (Pre K - Rising K) run 9:00 a.m. - noon and full-day Camps (Rising Grades 1 - 5) run 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., with specific activities geared toward the grade level of each group.
  • Lunch Bunch Care is available for half-day Camps from noon - 1:00 p.m. for $25 per week.


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Get out and stay out! From forts to fairies and fur to feathers, get ready for hands-on fun in the great outdoors.

FAQs

  • I've registered. What's next?

    Send in the Emergency Medical & Release Form at least two weeks prior to the start of camp. This form is REQUIRED. Your camper will not be allowed to attend until we have a completed form.

  • Where do I go? What do I do?

    Discovery Place Nature is located at 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte, NC 28209. Park in the Museum's parking lot — it's free!

    Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to the start of camp. On the first day of camp, parents/guardians should escort campers to the Museum's entrance for a brief meet and greet with Summer Camp staff. For the remaining days, a carpool drop-off/pick-up system will be used.

    The pick-up location is the same as the drop off location.

  • What do I pack?

    • Half Day Campers need to bring a nut-free snack.
    • Full Day Campers need to bring a nut-free lunch plus morning/afternoon snacks.
    • Reusable water bottles are recommended.
    • Please wear comfortable "can-get-dirty" clothes and closed-toed shoes along with a complete change of clothes.
    • Please apply sunscreen and/or bug spray before dropping off your camper for the day.
    • All campers must be fully potty trained and age 3 by April 1, 2017.

  • What is the cancellation policy?

    • Cancellation notice of 3 weeks is required for a full refund. A $35 processing fee per child, per Camp, will be charged for all refunds.
    • Programs with low enrollment 3 weeks prior to the start date are subject to cancellation.
    • If cancellation occurs, the family will be notified and given the opportunity to select another Camp or receive a refund.
  • What does Lunch Bunch Care or Extended Care include?

    • Lunch time supervision is offered free of charge from noon – 1:00 p.m. when booking a full-day Camp or one morning and one afternoon Camp during the same week.
    • Lunch Bunch Care is available for half-day Camps from noon - 1:00 p.m. for $25 per week.
    • Extended Care is now available from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. for $75 per week.
    • Children will bring their own lunch and/or snack and participate in board games, simple crafts, watch movies or other activities as planned by the extended care team.