Homeschool Classes

Homeschool families can enjoy hands-on science classes in Discovery Place Nature's planetarium, Naturalist Lab and outdoor classroom. Programs geared toward different grade levels are all scheduled on the same day so siblings can each experience unique, educationally-appropriate content.

All Ages

Give the gift of Museum Membership

A gift they'll enjoy all year long

All Ages

Ever wonder why bees are so busy?

What does it take to keep a hive running smoothly?

All Ages

Woolly Worm Wannabe

Get to know the Giant Leopard Moth caterpillar

All Ages

Migration Match-up

Can you figure out which animals migrate and which ones don’t?

All Ages

Let’s Eat!

Learn all about birds who migrate & make a bird feeder to take home

All Ages

Puppet Show: The Unlovables

Take a new look at the creatures who make us want to scurry

All Ages

Explore your backyard like never before

This month explore your backyard like you never have before

All Ages

Worm snakes born at Discovery Place Nature

Two snake eggs were found on the Paw Paw Nature Trail

All Ages

5 animals with sensational senses

Did you know snakes smell with their tongue?

All Ages

What is the solar eclipse and why is everyone talking about it?

The countdown is on for the Great American Eclipse

Grades 3 - 4

Sun and Moon

Learn what causes day and night

Grades 3 - 4

Pre K - Grade 2

Twinkle Twinkle

Explore constellations and observe the Moon in the daytime and nighttime sky

Pre K - Grade 2

All Ages

Searching for box turtles in Fort Wild

Meet our first documented Eastern box turtle of the summer season

All Ages

Ask a Naturalist: Why do scorpions glow?

Find out about the special chemical in scorpion exoskeletons

All Ages

Tending the hive

What does a beehive checkup include?

All Ages

Have you met an astronomer?

Find out why amateurs are so important to this field

All Ages

Take a peek at snake eggs

Our resident corn snake, Checkers, recently laid eggs

All Ages

Help name our new rabbit

Tux? Patches? Charlie? Cast your vote

All Ages

Ask a Naturalist: Why am I seeing so many snakes?

Warm weather is beckoning snakes from their winter hibernacula

All Ages

Have you heard the buzz?

Meet the women bringing bees to Discovery Place Nature

All Ages

Rootle

All Ages

PBS KIDS

All Ages

Who's in the nest?

An owl family makes a surprise return

All Ages

Meet an Astronomer: Abby Peltier

A special NC Science Festival event

All Ages

Welcome to Discovery Place Nature

We have a new look & a new name

All Ages

Can you identify this budding beauty?

See what's popping up on the forest floor

All Ages

Discovery Place Nature Exploration Weekend

Join Discovery Place educators for a weekend of outdoor exploration & relaxation

All Ages

Photography contest winners

Check out the winning Woods in Winter entries

All Ages

The Queen speaks: An early spring for Charlotte

No shadow seen on this Groundhog Day

All Ages

Summer Camps

Full- and half-day Camps for Pre K-Grade 5

All Ages

Daily Planetarium Shows

Explore the moon, stars and beyond

All Ages

Woods in Winter photography contest

Give us your best shot

All Ages

2016 Gift Guide

Find the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for the budding artist, animal lover or explorer

All Ages

Naturalist Lab

Take a closer look at nature's treasures

All Ages

Museum collecting donations for animal shelter

Throughout the holiday season, the Museum is collecting donations for Project HALO

All Ages

Habitat highlight: The osprey nest

Osprey nests are large feats of engineering, and who's inside might surprise you

All Ages

Get to know the Carolina wolf spider

This spider won't howl at the moon, but its hunting skills make it a valuable neighbor

All Ages

Get to know the cross orb weaver

Find out how this domestic spider lends a helping hand

All Ages

Ever wonder why light makes insects tick?

Are they destined to go toward the light?

All Ages

Check out our newly renovated Naturalist Lab

A unique space to connect with objects found in nature

All Ages

Guided Nature Walk

Join us the fourth Saturday of each month for an educational walk on the Paw Paw Nature Trail

Ages 10 - 17

Merit Badge Workshop: Environmental Science

Collaborate with other Boy Scouts and Museum naturalists to earn your Environmental Science Merit Badge

All Ages

Schedule

All Ages

Educator Membership

Discounted Memberships available for educators in North and South Carolina to enjoy our Museums all year long

All Ages

Ever wonder how to tell if a snake is snoozing?

They may be still, but are they sleeping or ready to slither?

All Ages

Birthday Parties

From cakes to snakes, Birthday Parties at Discovery Place Nature are wild by nature!

All Ages

Get to know the black rat snake

Find out why this common local snake is so misunderstood

All Ages

Vending

All Ages

Family Restroom

All Ages

Women's Restroom

All Ages

Men's Restroom

All Ages

Admissions

All Ages

Dragonfly Theatre

All Ages

Educator Memberships

All Ages

Field Trips

All Ages

Group Sales

All Ages

Museum Rentals

All Ages

Birthday Parties

All Ages

Insect Alley

Check out our live collection of insects and arthropods

All Ages

Peetie's Place

The perfect place for a story, puzzle or puppet show

All Ages

Our Big Backyard

Discover the world of animals who live under the ground

All Ages

Butterfly Pavilion

Walk among free-flying butterflies and native plants

All Ages

Creature Cavern

Go nose-to-nose with opossums, owls, snakes and more

All Ages

Beginnings

Kids explore the life cycles of young animals

Grade 4

Eco-Explorers

Explore the world of ecosystems and the role we can play in conserving the planet

Grade 4

Grade 4

Living Off the Land

Learn how Native Americans utilized the land for food, water and shelter

Grade 4

Grades 3 - 4

Earth’s Place in Space

Learn about our planet, moon, local star, neighboring planets and Milky Way galaxy

Grades 3 - 4

Grades 3 - 4

Charlotte Stars and Stories

Learn how to find constellations and about the changing phases of the moon

Grades 3 - 4

Grade 3

Analyzing Animal Anatomy

Discover how our anatomy is similar and different to other members of the animal kingdom

Grade 3

Grade 2

Animal Life Cycles

Get introduced to animal life cycles from birth to death

Grade 2

Grade 1

Mountains to Sea

How do the regions of North Carolina support organisms?

Grade 1

Grade 1

Amazing Insects

Learn about our creepy crawly friends

Grade 1

Grade K

Seasonal Animals 2

Examine how animals behave during the warm spring months

Grade K

Grade K

Seasonal Animals 1

Learn about animals that migrate, hibernate and stay active

Grade K

Grade K

Animal Explorations

Explore the similarities and differences among and within animal groups

Grade K

All Ages

Fort Wild

All Ages

Paw Paw Nature Trail

All Ages

Naturalist Lab

All Ages

Planetarium

All Ages

Entrance

All Ages

Contact Success Page

All Ages

Wildlife Lab

All Ages

Trail’s End Store

All Ages

Great Hall

All Ages

Sunspot

All Ages

Peetie’s Place

All Ages

Back Deck

All Ages

Butterfly Pavilion

All Ages

Creature Cavern

All Ages

Our Big Backyard

All Ages

Insect Alley

All Ages

Get to know the Southern Leopard Frog

One of the coolest amphibians around has to be the Southern Leopard...

All Ages

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Pre K

Ponds & Puddles in Spring

Learn why and how animals depend on ponds and puddles

Pre K

Pre K

Animal Encounters

Get up close to live native animal species to learn about their basic needs for survival

Pre K

All Ages

Discovery Place Science

Get fired up about STEM, with Camps for Pre K - Grade 8.

All Ages

Bird Walks

The bird is the word at this monthly birding walk

All Ages

Guided Nature Walks

Discovery the beauty and natural diversity of our local forest habitat

All Ages

Creature Features

Get to know animals, plants and more at monthly special events

All Ages

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