Reedy Creek Nature Center

Reedy Creek Nature Center

Established in 1993, the Division of Nature Preserves and Natural Resources’ mission is to protect the region’s biodiversity and natural heritage for its inherent value and for the benefit of future generations by promoting open space preservation, conserving natural communities, and fostering awareness and stewardship through environmental education and outdoor recreation.

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve protects 737- acres of natural, forested habitat within Reedy Creek Park. There are over ten miles of hiking trails in the nature preserve for the outdoor enthusiast, giving visitors the opportunity to explore a variety of terrains, while enjoying scenic views of small lakes, forests, fields, streams, and wild life. Reedy Creek Nature Preserve is also home to Reedy Creek Nature Center and the Dr. James F. Matthews Center for Biodiversity Studies.

Reedy Creek Nature Center has developed Environmental Education Programs with Standard Course of Studies and Common Core in mind. All our programs help reinforce concepts that students learn in the classroom through hands-on live experiences by allowing students experience nature


  2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC 28215

United States



Visit from the FBI

Program description

Students become official “FBI” investigators during this program as they search a “crime scene” for clues about the mysterious causes of the breakdown of living things in nature.  The destruction that the “FBI” (Fungus, Bacteria, Invertebrates) has caused will be documented, the crime scene will be illustrated and a list of potential suspects will be compiled.  After this experience, the word “recycling” will never seem the same again!

Booking / scheduling contact

Jose Chavez


Program detail
Artistic discipline:
Cultural Origin:
Program type:
Population served: Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Other, Science
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Call to check for availability of educators for program.

Available times:

At your convenience.

Length of program: 45 min to 1 hour
Space / technical requirements:

Outdoor forested area and classroom space.


At your site (with wooded area) or Reedy Creek Nature Center.

Fees / Ticketing:

The following prices are per class (max of 25 students): CMS at Reedy Creek Nature Center $30. Non CMS at Reedy Creek Nature Center $40.00.  Additional travel fee of $15 for programs at your site.


NC Standard Course of Study:

R4 – Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone. We will learn technical terms for botanical and zoological species, types and processes.

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. Time is allowed for questions and discussions about specific topics in each program.

SL2 – Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively and orally. We will present and discuss information in various media formats, including hand-on exploration, outdoor oral presentation and digital media during our programs.

NC Essential Standards:

From the Science Standards:

1.L.2 – Learn how even tiny animals have basic needs (air, water, food) and how they meet these needs in their environment. See the natural habitats in the nature preserve by walking the trails.

4.L.1 – Discover how decomposers interact with their environment by adapting to changes and changing behaviors to survive. Learn the conditions that are beneficial for decomposers and those that are harmful. See examples of composting and rain gardens and how they help the environment.

5.L.1 – Learn the role of decomposers in the ecosystem and other biotic factors. See the interconnected relationships of decomposers to other functions of producers and consumers.


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

Program Refunds:

Refunds will be given (minus a 10% admin. fee) if cancellation notice is given at least 10 days in advance for Program Registrations.

There will be no refund if less than 10 days notice is given for Program Registrations.

The verified Main Contact is the only person who can withdraw a participant.

All refunds must be submitted via the Refund Request Form provided by Park and Recreation.

Customer should be aware that refunds take 10 days.