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.


Browse Camps

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

Pre K (Ages 3 - 4)

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Summer Camp

Fins, Fur & Feathers

Explore flipping fish, furry mammals & feathery birds

Pre K (Ages 3 - 4)

Monday, June 05 SOLD OUT

Sold Out

Rising K

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Summer Camp

The Furred & the Feathered

Explore the world of furry and feathery creatures

Rising K

Monday, June 05

Pre K (Ages 3 - 4)

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Summer Camp

Wildlife Rainbow

Explore field to forest, looking for critters that come in all colors

Pre K (Ages 3 - 4)

Monday, June 12 SOLD OUT

Sold Out

Pre K (Ages 3 - 4)

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Summer Camp

Curious About Critters

Have close encounters with backyard buddies

Pre K (Ages 3 - 4)

Monday, June 19 SOLD OUT

Sold Out

Rising K

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Summer Camp

Leaping Lizards & Slithering Snakes

Learn all about reptiles and amphibians

Rising K

Monday, June 19 LIMITED SPACE

Limited Space

Rising 1

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Summer Camp

CSI: Critter Scene Investigator

Learn common tracking techniques used by naturalists

Rising 1

Monday, June 19

Pre K (Ages 3 - 4)

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Summer Camp

Junior Explorers

Explore nature from the ground up

Pre K (Ages 3 - 4)

Monday, June 26 SOLD OUT

Sold Out

Rising K

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Summer Camp

Wild by Nature

Observe creepy crawlies & explore nature from flowers to flies

Rising K

Monday, June 26

Rising 1

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Summer Camp

Scales, Tails & Slime

Explore the benefits of creatures that can sometimes make us squirm

Rising 1

Monday, June 26

Rising 4 - 5

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Summer Camp

Be a Naturalist

Learn what it’s like to be a naturalist in the field

Rising 4 - 5

Monday, June 26

Pre K (Ages 3 - 4)

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Summer Camp

Wonder Bugs

Discover the small world of bugs and other creepy crawlers

Pre K (Ages 3 - 4)

Monday, July 10 LIMITED SPACE

Limited Space

Rising K

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Summer Camp

Backyard Explorers

Discover amazing animals & natural treasures in our backyard

Rising K

Monday, July 10

Rising 1

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Summer Camp

Wild Woods Adventures

Discover native NC wildlife through close encounters, nature treks & observation

Rising 1

Monday, July 10

Rising 2 - 3

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Summer Camp

Junior Naturalist

Discover nature through a naturalist’s eyes

Rising 2 - 3

Monday, July 10

Rising K

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Summer Camp

Underwater Critters

Troll for tadpoles, search for fish & build aquatic habitats

Rising K

Monday, July 17 SOLD OUT

Sold Out

Rising 1

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Summer Camp

Animal Architects

Animals can be amazing architects, capable of building complex shelters

Rising 1

Monday, July 17

Rising 2 - 3

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Summer Camp

The Dirt on Dirt

Learn field techniques to examine the little things living in microhabitats

Rising 2 - 3

Monday, July 17

Rising 4 - 5

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Summer Camp

Eco-Warriors

What can we do as individuals to help our environment?

Rising 4 - 5

Monday, July 17

Pre K (Ages 3 - 4)

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Summer Camp

Hands On Habitat

Search for animal habitats & learn how to build one of your own

Pre K (Ages 3 - 4)

Monday, July 24 SOLD OUT

Sold Out

Rising 1

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Summer Camp

Outdoor Adventurers

Learn tricks of the trade that keep animals & humans alive in the wild

Rising 1

Monday, July 24 SOLD OUT

Sold Out

Rising 2 - 3

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Summer Camp

Wild in the City

Explore urban wildlife and the unique survival habits of animals & plants

Rising 2 - 3

Monday, July 24

Rising 4 - 5

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Summer Camp

Survival Skills

Learn how native animals have adapted to live in different habitats

Rising 4 - 5

Monday, July 24

Pre K (Ages 3 - 4)

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Summer Camp

Wildlife Rainbow

Explore field to forest, looking for critters that come in all colors

Pre K (Ages 3 - 4)

Monday, July 31 SOLD OUT

Sold Out

Rising K

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Summer Camp

The Furred & the Feathered

Explore the world of furry and feathery creatures

Rising K

Monday, July 31

Rising 1

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Summer Camp

Junior Curators

Do you have what it takes to run a nature museum?

Rising 1

Monday, July 31 LIMITED SPACE

Limited Space

Rising 2 - 3

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Summer Camp

Science of Survival

Learn basic survival skills & build habitats to support local wildlife

Rising 2 - 3

Monday, July 31 SOLD OUT

Sold Out

Rising K

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Summer Camp

Animal Explorations

How are mammals different from amphibians?

Rising K

Monday, August 07

Rising 2 - 3

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Summer Camp

Animal Families

Learn about different animal families in & around the Museum

Rising 2 - 3

Monday, August 07 LIMITED SPACE

Limited Space

Rising 4 - 5

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Summer Camp

Orienteering Masters

Explore the world of orienteering

Rising 4 - 5

Monday, August 07

Pre K (Ages 3 - 4)

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Summer Camp

Wonder Bugs

Discover the small world of bugs and other creepy crawlers

Pre K (Ages 3 - 4)

Monday, August 14 SOLD OUT

Sold Out

Pre K (Ages 3 - 4)

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Fins, Fur & Feathers

Explore flipping fish, furry mammals & feathery birds

Pre K (Ages 3 - 4)

Monday, August 21 SOLD OUT

Sold Out

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.