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One of these animals is poisonous and the other is venomous. Do you know the difference?

Did you know that venomous and poisonous are not the same thing?

A lot of times, we use the word poisonous as a blanket term for all animals that have toxins that can hurt us, but venomous and poisonous are actually very different things.

Let's start with poisonous. You may have heard this word many times. An animal that is poisonous can hurt you if you touch it or eat it. The animal itself is the thing that is toxic.

A lot of poisonous animals are frogs and salamanders. Toxins seep out of the pores all over their skin. If you were to touch them, you could get the toxins on your fingers and they would be absorbed into your skin. This is also why we should not eat poisonous animals; it's an even quicker way to get the toxins into your body.

On the other hand, venomous animals h… Keep reading.

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We've boosted our daily activity schedule during Spring Break with extra opportunities to meet and greet live animals.

Looking for ways to keep young minds engaged during Spring Break?

We're pumping up our daily activity schedule April 15-18 with plenty of family-friendly fun that will encourage learning and a lifelong love of nature.

Be sure to stop by and enjoy even more opportunities to meet and greet live animals, make take-home craft projects, gather ‘round the campfire with Charlotte only talking tree and watch live shows and hands-on demonstrations with our professional naturalists.

Tuesday, April 15
10:00 a.m. - Carolina Morning
11:00 a.m. - Animal Encounter
11:30 a.m. - Creatures of the Night
noon - Floor Programming (Varies daily. Activities may include crafts, a live animal encounter, tank talk or enrichment session.)
1:00 p.m. - Carolina Morning
2:00 p.m. - Animal Feeding
3:00 p… Keep reading.

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For a lot of people, spring is a time of growth, warmer weather and the sniffles. What about spring causes us to have to keep a packet of tissues handy at all times? In a word: allergies.

For a lot of people, me included, spring is a time of growth, warmer weather and the sniffles.

So what about spring, in particular, causes us to have to keep a packet of tissues handy at all times? In a word: allergies.

What this means is that our bodies have had a bad reaction to something. For example, some people are allergic to peanuts or dairy, and when they eat or touch it, their body tries to get rid of or protect them from it.

The severity of an allergic reaction can vary. If you have a minor allergy to something, coming in contact with the item can cause you to sneeze, get a runny nose or have itchy eyes.

What causes most springtime allergies? Pollen!

Pollen is tiny little grains that trees, grasses and weeds emit to make new plants. Certain plants release pollen i… Keep reading.

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A dragonfly with fire hose body segments is one of three new folk-inspired bugs recently added to Fort Wild. The free play elements were created by Charlotte artist David Williams and dedicated in honor of retired president and CEO John Mackay.

Fort Wild has sprung legs…and wings!

David Williams, a Charlotte-based artist and former member of the Discovery Place Exhibits team, recently created three folk-inspired bugs for Fort Wild with free play in mind.

Featuring a tireless tire snail with hoses for antennae, a wonderfully wooden centipede and a dapper dragonfly with fire hose body segments, these critters have been constructed using natural and local repurposed materials.

Dedicated in honor of retired president and CEO John Mackay, this new element to Fort Wild was funded by The Guild of Discovery Place Inc. and Charlotte Nature Museum.

Fort Wild focuses on outdoor, child-centered play that fosters healthy growth and development. The exhibit encourages imaginative play by creating an environment for kids to inquire,… Keep reading.

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Join us April 26 for bluegrass, barbecue and brew in Fort Wild. A Night Out for Nature is the premier fundraising event for Charlotte Nature Museum.

If you love Charlotte Nature Museum, then be sure to join us April 26 for a toe tappin', palate pleasin' event that puts the FUN in fundraising.

Tickets are on sale now for A Night Out for Nature.

We'll enjoy barbecue from Midwood Smokehouse and brew from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.

Bring your dancing shoes and kick up your heels to the music of local bluegrass band Lonesome Pine. The award-winning musicians have shared the stage and recorded albums with a Who's Who of country and bluegrass superstars, including Doc Watson, Allison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Rhonda Vincent, the Oak Ridge Boys, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

After the sun sets, we'll gather on the Museum deck for a night vision encounter with local wildlife.

You'll also have the opportu… Keep reading.

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Get ready to watch the cutest compilation of our animal friends here at the Museum!

You can come meet all of the animals in the video below at Bouncing Bunnies & Hares tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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