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
What causes day and night? Why does the moon look different each night? Can we ever see the moon in the daytime sky? Join us in the Planetarium to answer these questions and learn more about the Earth, moon, and sun system!
Tuesday – Friday
Times are customizable.
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
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.
R1- Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text (in our case follow written instructions to complete activities and experiments and make conclusions).
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).
R10 -Read and understand complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently, connecting prior knowledge and experiences to text (in our case science and technical writing).
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).
SL2 – Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally (in our case participation in labs and programs where ideas and questions are presented using various media).
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).
1.E.1 Recognize the features and patterns of the earth/moon/sun system as observed from Earth.
1.E.1.1 Recognize differences in the features of the day and night sky and apparent movement of objects across the sky as observed from Earth.
1.E.1.2 Recognize patterns of observable changes in the Moon’s appearance from day to day.
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.