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. While focusing on ages 3-7, ever-changing hands-on programming provides the opportunity for structure learning and informal play for kids of all ages. Visitors can learn together during workshops, Summer Camps and more.

Discovery Place Nature is part of a family of museums that includes Discovery Place Science in uptown Charlotte and Discovery Place Kids in Huntersville and Rockingham.



  1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte, NC 28209


704-372-6261 x300

Carolina Critters

Program description

Children will explore several groups of animals while comparing the differences and similarities between animals in each group. Using live animals and artifacts, children will investigate animals up close.

Booking / scheduling contact

April Millner


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

Monday and Fridays

Available times:

Times are customizable.


Discovery Place Nature

Fees / Ticketing:

School group field trips are $6 per student, plus tax 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:

APL-5, APL-9, LDC-4, CD-14, SC: K.S.1A.1, NC: K.L.1

NC Essential Standards:

APL-5, APL-9, LDC-4, CD-14, SC: K.S.1A.1, NC: K.L.1




Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): 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
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.