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Discovery Place Museums

Discovery Place Museums

Put Discovery Place at the top of your back-to-school checklist!!

A regional network of four hands—on museums (science, nature, and two kids Museums), an Outreach team, and newly developed digital content are all designed to engage and inspire our community to learn science, nature, and design. 

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Program Description

Ponds are very busy places. Discover how animals depend on ponds and puddles; not just for a drink but also for reproduction and shelter. We’ll get up close with animals and specimens during this interactive class.

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


Discovery Place Nature

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:

This program will help students prepare for Grade K.

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.

  • 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.


This program compares different types of the same animal (i.e. different types of dogs, different types of cats, etc.) to determine individual differences within a particular type of animal (K.L.1.1).

This program compares characteristics of living and nonliving things in terms of their structure, growth, changes, movement and basic needs (K.L.1.2).

This program gives examples of different ways objects and organisms move (K.P.1.2).


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


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.