Discovery Place Nature

Discovery Place Nature Hands-on educational nature facility for visitors of all ages with exhibits geared toward early childhood In 1951, Discovery Place Nature opened as one of the first facilities in the southeast focused on bringing families and nature together.
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Discovery Place Nature visitors may walk among free-flying butterflies, observe live animals, buzz around with insects or hang out in the natural world. Daily programming including puppet shows and hands-on activities provide the opportunity for structured learning and informal play for the young and old alike.

Discovery Place Nature visitors may walk among free-flying butterflies, observe live animals, buzz around with insects or hang out in the natural world. Daily programming including puppet shows and hands-on activities provide the opportunity for structured learning and informal play for the young and old alike.

Mission: We inspire curious thinkers to discover the wonders of science, technology and nature.

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Operating as usual

Due to the recent flooding, the outdoor area of the Museum will be closed this weekend, November 14 and 15.
11/13/2020

Due to the recent flooding, the outdoor area of the Museum will be closed this weekend, November 14 and 15.

Did you know alligators have incredibly sensitive skin that can detect minute vibration changes in the water, or that sn...
11/09/2020
Check out Some Of Our Favorite Animals With Sensational Senses

Did you know alligators have incredibly sensitive skin that can detect minute vibration changes in the water, or that snakes smell with their tongues?

Check out some of our favorite animals with sensational senses.

Check out some of our favorite animals with sensational senses

11/06/2020
Bee Series #1: How to Light a Smoker

When beekeepers work with bees they need to do a few things before going into the bee yard.

Step 1 is putting on protective gear.
Step 2 is lighting a smoker.

Beekeeper and Naturalist Alden is going to show us how to properly light a smoker to keep our bees calm.

11/03/2020
Snail Terrarium Make

Terrariums are self-sustaining ecosystems are that designed to replicate all the elements of a naturally thriving community.

Today, we're making a snail terrarium so you can use the scientific method (question, research, hypothesis, experiment, observe, conclude and repeat!) to observe and document your findings.

Just remember to let your new snail friend go when you're done with your experiment.

10/30/2020
Meet the Black Rat Snake

Although sometimes they get a bad rap snakes are actually good and should be found in your backyard.

Get to know the black rat snake, one of our Ambassador Animals.

Pictured here is a turkey tail fungus. Not only are they found worldwide and are very common but they contain cancer-fig...
10/28/2020

Pictured here is a turkey tail fungus. Not only are they found worldwide and are very common but they contain cancer-fighting properties.

During fall, they may be found on food plants or wandering around looking for a place to pupate and are more readily see...
10/26/2020
Be Careful with Fuzzy and Hairy Caterpillars!

During fall, they may be found on food plants or wandering around looking for a place to pupate and are more readily seen.

Learn what to do when you see a fuzzy and hairy caterpillar at Discovery Place Nature in Charlotte, NC

10/21/2020
Black Widow Spider

A Southern black widow spider is saving a snack for later.

We understand that some people think spiders are scary but remember, spiders are good for our ecosystem and play a vital role in keeping insect numbers down.

10/20/2020

Let’s talk about the best season of all.. fall!

Join us tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. as we go live on Facebook with Discovery Place Nature Naturalist, Alden.We'll be t...
10/19/2020

Join us tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. as we go live on Facebook with Discovery Place Nature Naturalist, Alden.

We'll be talking about different leaves - their color, shape and pigmentation in the fall.

Indicator species are organisms that are sensitive to their environmental conditions and, as such, can provide invaluabl...
10/15/2020
What the scarcity or abundance of some species may tell us

Indicator species are organisms that are sensitive to their environmental conditions and, as such, can provide invaluable information about the overall health of an ecosystem.

Discovery Place Nature offers visitors the chance to get close to wildlife and experience nature through hands-on programming, exhibits and classes.

Have we mentioned how nice it is to see you in our Museum again? Thank you for supporting us since we've been open and w...
10/13/2020

Have we mentioned how nice it is to see you in our Museum again? Thank you for supporting us since we've been open and we can't wait to bring more science and nature fun to our community.

To reserve tickets, click here: https://nature.discoveryplace.org/plan

Have you heard about Discovery Place's Welcome Program?As a benefit of your EBT or WIC card, you can visit any Discovery...
10/12/2020

Have you heard about Discovery Place's Welcome Program?

As a benefit of your EBT or WIC card, you can visit any Discovery Place museum for only $1 per person per visit. Just show your benefits card at the Ticket Help Desk to receive the discount for up to six family members. Welcome visits do not require advance reservation.

Purchase your tickets on the day of your visit at the Museum for any time slot except 9:30 a.m., which is reserved for Members-only.

Check out this cute fellow found during School Camp. Pictured here is the larva (or caterpillar) of a tulip tree silk mo...
10/08/2020

Check out this cute fellow found during School Camp. Pictured here is the larva (or caterpillar) of a tulip tree silk moth (Callosamia angulifera). Silk moths belong to the family Saturniidae and consist of some of the largest moth species in North America and in the world!

This caterpillar feeds on the leaves of tulip trees found commonly in Charlotte and throughout North Carolina. The adult, however, does not eat those and can grow to have a wingspan of over 4 inches long.

For more critter facts, check out our website: https://nature.discoveryplace.org/

10/07/2020
Loretta the Box Turtle

Box turtles have been a part of Discovery Place Nature's work for years.

Not only do we have a few of these state reptiles on display but we work on marking and releasing/recapturing the box turtles that are found in and around the Museum to learn more about their home ranges, growth, habitat and movements.

It rushes by with a flash of white and a horrible screeching sound that sounds nothing at all like what you believe an o...
10/06/2020
Get to know the not-so-scary barn owl

It rushes by with a flash of white and a horrible screeching sound that sounds nothing at all like what you believe an owl should sound like.

That is the call of the barn owl.

Barn owls are native to Charlotte -- and almost every continent on Earth! Find out what they sound like, look like and eat.

Spooky szn 🦇🎃👻
10/05/2020

Spooky szn 🦇🎃👻

Biodiversity is short for “biological diversity.” It is a big word that essentially means the variety the living things ...
10/01/2020
What is biodiversity and why does it matter

Biodiversity is short for “biological diversity.” It is a big word that essentially means the variety the living things making up a particular habitat or part of the world.

Discovery Place Nature offers visitors the chance to get close to wildlife and experience nature through hands-on programming, exhibits and classes.

Discovery Place Nature’s Trail Guide takes you on a journey through a unique Piedmont forest exploring the rich relation...
09/30/2020
Get lost in a local oasis on our Paw Paw Nature Trail

Discovery Place Nature’s Trail Guide takes you on a journey through a unique Piedmont forest exploring the rich relationships between the land, animals and people along the way.

Bonus: you can download it before your visit!

Immerse yourself in a unique outdoor experience in the heart of Charlotte

09/29/2020
DIY Cloud Viewer Activity

Let's beat these rainy day blues by planning our next outdoor activity, learning about clouds!

With a DIY cloud viewer, you can identify the three different types of clouds and make a fun activity afterward.

Happy North Carolina Day! Here are some socially distant, family-friendly hikes to view changing leaves this fall.
09/28/2020
12 Of The Most Beautiful Fall Destinations In North Carolina

Happy North Carolina Day! Here are some socially distant, family-friendly hikes to view changing leaves this fall.

Dazzle your sense of adventure this autumn with an enticing look at 12 of the best places to experience fall in North Carolina.

09/25/2020
Make a Pinecone Bird Feeder

Want to become a bird watcher without leaving your house? Make a simple pine cone bird feeder with a pinecone, 1 part vegetable shortening to 2 parts cornmeal, a string and birdseed. Then sit back and relax!

For more Stay-at-Home Science activities, click here: https://bit.ly/333GrhX

09/24/2020
Chuck the Chipmunk

In the wild chipmunks hibernate but instead of storing fat, they will periodically dip into their stash of nuts and seeds throughout the winter.

See Chuck the Chipmunk and other North Carolina wildlife at Discovery Place Nature.

Hello Autumnal Equinox!
09/22/2020
The Autumnal Equinox is Near – Watch the Skies

Hello Autumnal Equinox!

The Autumnal Equinox is Near Happy equinox, Earthlings! Sept. 22 marks the fall equinox, when day and night are nearly equal. “However, that day/night length depends on where you are on Earth,” said NASA solar scientist Mitzi Adams. “For example, at the North and South Poles, the length of the...

We are finally opening to the public this weekend!We will be open this Saturday (September 26) and Sunday (September 27)...
09/21/2020

We are finally opening to the public this weekend!

We will be open this Saturday (September 26) and Sunday (September 27) from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To make a reservation, click here: https://bit.ly/3kzG98z

Tomorrow's the day! Members, we can’t wait to see your faces back in our Museums.As a reminder, we have implemented new ...
09/18/2020

Tomorrow's the day! Members, we can’t wait to see your faces back in our Museums.

As a reminder, we have implemented new policies for the health and safety for our guests and team. These include required online ticket purchases with timed entry, face coverings and temperature checks at the door.

To see our new policies, click here: https://bit.ly/33IbqPM

Happy National Paw Paw Day to this great forgotten (not to us) fruit!Paw Paws grow on Paw Paw trees and are the biggest ...
09/17/2020

Happy National Paw Paw Day to this great forgotten (not to us) fruit!

Paw Paws grow on Paw Paw trees and are the biggest fruit that is native to North America.

When ripe, they can be picked and eaten like any other fruit. Some say they taste like mango and others say they taste like cantaloupe.

Beyond adding beauty, butterflies are important to many ecosystems as they play an important role in pollination.  Sever...
09/16/2020
Stay-at-Home Science: Meet the Butterflies

Beyond adding beauty, butterflies are important to many ecosystems as they play an important role in pollination.

Several flowers rely on insects to carry their pollen from plant to plant.

Meet the Butterflies

Team Fall or Team too-soon-for-pumpkins?Guess which one Ophelia is? 😂
09/11/2020

Team Fall or Team too-soon-for-pumpkins?

Guess which one Ophelia is? 😂

When the word “nano” is in front of another word – nanotechnology, nanosecond, nanometer (a billionth of a meter!) – it ...
09/10/2020
Imagine and discover a world you can’t see

When the word “nano” is in front of another word – nanotechnology, nanosecond, nanometer (a billionth of a meter!) – it means very, very small. While “nano” most certainly means small, its impact can be quite large.

Discovery Place Nature offers visitors the chance to get close to wildlife and experience nature through hands-on programming, exhibits and classes.

Address

1658 Sterling Rd.
Charlotte, NC
28209

General information

Museum Pricing: $8.00 per person Children younger than 2 FREE, Group Discounts available Military receive $2.00 off Museum admission (must show ID). *Plus any applicable sales and use taxes. EBT or WIC cardholders may visit Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature Museum or Discovery Place KIDS for just $1 per person, for up to six family members. Show your benefits card at Admissions to receive the discount. Welcome participants may purchase IMAX tickets for $5 per ticket and discounted parking for $5 per vehicle. Welcome program benefits may not be used for school or group visits.

Opening Hours

Saturday 09:30 - 16:30
Sunday 09:30 - 16:30

Telephone

+17043726261

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This place was magical to me as a child. Bit by bit, the Charlotte in which I grew up is disappearing. Few will know how wonderful it was to grow up and live in such a place years ago. Simple things like the Charlotte Nature Museum satisfied us. We felt safe, secure, and a part of the community then.
Very sad to hear the news. Is there a timeline on when the last day will be?
Heartbroken to hear of plans to tear down such a historic building. You’re ripping the heart right out of Charlotte. Surely plans can be made to incorporate the iconic entrance and planetarium into a new structure. Shame on the developers who turn their backs on history.
Do you know what’s on this tree? I’s one on5th st right near you.
My daughter Finn was so thrilled to pet Ophelia! Opossums are her favorite animal and she has always wanted to pet one. Thank you for making her day!
Great Total Solar Eclipse 🌚 2017 Memento Book Selection: “MOON MISSION: Passage to Totality 2017,” An Epic Eclipse Expedition, written by a native Tar Heel and perhaps the only book of its kind chronicling this majestic event for all now to enjoy and to relive for themselves, is now available in print: https://www.amazon.com/Moon-Mission-Michael-Thomas/dp/1480958514/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1519741636&sr=8-1&keywords=9781480958517 And in eBook: https://www.amazon.com/Moon-Mission-Passage-Totality-2017-ebook/dp/B078J6KVL9 Contact publisher for volume discount: http://bookstore.dorrancepublishing.com/moon-mission/
Come see us at our CROWN table for some free nature stuff!
This event was scheduled on the website, but no one knew anything about it. See my review.
CROWN is very excited to partner with Discovery Place Nature! https://www.facebook.com/TheCROWNChapter/videos/1655001347898134/
Car key to a Subaru was found in the trail and left on top of the small stone wall to the right headed from the museum towards the tennis courts (before the bench)