Discovery Place Nature

Discovery Place Nature

Discovery Place Nature offers visitors the chance to get close to wildlife and walk among free-flying butterflies in Butterfly Pavilion, observer live animals in Creature Cavern, buzz by Insect Alley, hang out in Our Big Backyard or explore the Paw Paw Natural Trail in the 100-year-old forest.

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Program description

Explore many different types of animals including reptiles, mammals and amphibians. Compare them with invertebrates like insects and millipedes and learn what all animals need to survive.

Program Detail

Program type: Day Trip
Artistic Discipline: Multi-discipline
Cultural Origin: Other
Subject: Other, Science
Population served: Pre-K
Bilingual: No
Available dates:


Available times:

Times are customizable.

Length of program: 50 minutes

Discovery Place Nature

1658 Sterling Road

Charlotte, NC 28209

Fees / Ticketing:

School group field trips are $5 per student and include full day museum admission. Add a class for $6 more. One chaperone per ten students is required and admitted free of charge.



NC Standard Course of Study:

R7 -Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words (in our case participate in hands-on activities and experiments that result in observations and conclusions).

SL1 – Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively (in our case working in groups, sharing ideas and communicating ideas and findings with others).

SL4 – Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience (in our case working in groups, sharing ideas and communicating ideas and findings with others).


NC Essential Standards:

This program will help students prepare for Grade K.

K.L.1 Compare characteristics of animals that make them alike and different from other animals
and nonliving things.

1.L.1.2 Give examples of how the needs of different plants and animals can be met by their environments in North Carolina or different places throughout the world.

  • Goal CD-14: Children observe and describe characteristics of living things and the physical world.
  • Goal CD-15: Children explore the natural world by observing, manipulating objects, asking questions, making predictions, and developing
  • Goal APL-1: Children show curiosity and express interest in the world around them.
  • Goal APL-2: Children actively seek to understand the world around them.
  • Goal APL-3: Children engage in increasingly complex play.
  • Goal APL-4: Children demonstrate creativity, imagination, and inventiveness.
  • Goal APL-5: Children are willing to try new and challenging experiences .
  • Goal APL-6: Children use a variety of strategies to solve problems.
  • Goal APL-7: Children demonstrate initiative.
  • Goal APL-8: Children maintain attentiveness and focus.
  • Goal APL-9: Children persist at challenging activities.
  • Goal LDC-1: Children understand communications from others.
  • Goal LDC-2: Children participate in conversations with peers and adults in one-on-one, small, and larger group interactions.
  • Goal LDC-3: Children ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.
  • Goal LDC-4: Children speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly
  • Goal CD-1: Children use their senses to construct knowledge about the world around them.
  • Goal CD-2: Children recall information and use it for new situations and problems.
  • Goal CD-3: Children demonstrate the ability to think about their own thinking: reasoning, taking perspectives, and making decisions.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes


Available upon request.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation notice of three weeks is required for a full refund. Cancellations with less than three weeks’ notice are non-refundable but may be rescheduled for a visit within a 12-month period. There is no fee for rescheduling as long as the class or visit is rescheduled within one week of the cancellation date and the visit is completed within the 12 months of the originally scheduled date. Changes to the number of attendees must be made three days prior to the program or visit to receive a refund. No refunds will be issued the day of the visit, and no refunds will be issued for amounts of $10.00 or less.