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The Southern Leopard Frog is known for its bright, spotted skin, long, pointy face and quick, powerful jump. Go nose-to-nose with this native frog and more Outrageous Reptiles & Amazing Amphibians this Saturday at Charlotte Nature Museum.

One of the coolest amphibians around has to be the Southern Leopard Frog.

Awesome to look at for its bright, spotted skin, long, pointy face and quick, powerful jump, the leopard frog is one of the great gems of our region.

Usually sporting a brown and/or green back and leopard-like spots, they are distinguished from other similar species by a small white spot in the center of their eardrum.

Male leopard frogs also boast paired vocal sacs that look surprisingly similar to small balloons on their throat, most obvious as they call out to the gals. They can live an extended life — 8 to 1… Keep reading.

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A green anole shows off his bright pink dewlap.

Herp is the insider's term for a creature that falls in the realm of herpetology, the study of reptiles and amphibians.

If you go looking for these creatures, the act is called “herping,” which comes from the Greek word for crawling.

Before you go crawling through the woods looking for some new cold-blooded friends, we have a few friendly reminders:


Wear sturdy gloves, long sleeves and boots while looking for creatures, and avoid handling them as much as possible.
Leave all of these creatures in their homes. They’re much happier in their habitat!
Bring a camera to record the cr… Keep reading.

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Celebrating a job well done during Earth Month.

In celebration of Earth Month, Earth Share North Carolina gathered organizations from all around the city for Charlotte’s first Corporate Challenge.

Under the guidance of the North Carolina Audubon and Mecklenburg Audubon, volunteers from Carolinas HealthCare System and Recover worked at Charlotte Nature Museum to improve native bird habitats by removing invasive plants. Their work will help encourage native plants to grow to benefit local and migratory birds.

This project supports the Audubon Bird-Friendly Communities initiative that urges citizens in cities and towns to plant with bird… Keep reading.

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Resident groundhog Queen Charlotte did not see her shadow today, predicting an early spring for the Charlotte area.

The recent mild weather is just a sign of warmer days to come.

Resident groundhog Queen Charlotte did not see her shadow today, predicting an early spring for the Charlotte area.

Our preeminent prognosticator made her royal proclamation in a special Groundhog Day celebration at Charlotte Nature Museum.

She also weighed in on Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup, foretelling a Carolina Panthers victory over the Denver Broncos.

As Queen Charlotte’s first public prediction since ascending to the throne in 2015, the ceremony took place in the Great Hall for her safety and comfort. She was escor… Keep reading.

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Fresh Start Chunky Puzzle Insects ($10.00) - This hand-crafted wooden puzzle features colorful pieces that are easy for small hands to grasp and stand up for pretend play. Ages 2 and up.

Need some help with your holiday shopping?

Charlotte Nature Museum now carries a variety of Melissa & Doug gift items that are sure to delight the little ones in your life. Melissa & Doug is an American toy company specializing in unique educational toys, crafts and games.

All items are available at Trail’s End Store, open six days a week during regular Museum hours.

Charlotte Nature Museum Members receive a 20% discount on all purchases. All purchases help support educational programs provided by the Museum.

Fresh Start Chunky Puzzle Insects ($10.00) – This hand-crafted wooden puz… Keep reading.

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As we approach the 75th anniversary of Discovery Place Inc., we are embarking on a planning process with Mecklenburg County, who owns Charlotte Nature Museum site, and the community to imagine a new future for the Museum. The vision is to create a world-class natural science center which will help visitors understand and appreciate the natural world.

In 1951, Charlotte Nature Museum opened as one of the first facilities in the southeast focused on bringing families and nature together.

As we approach the 75th anniversary of Discovery Place Inc., we have embarked on a facility planning process to imagine a new future for Charlotte Nature Museum.  

The vision is to create a world-class natural science center which will help visitors understand and appreciate the natural world. 

We are at the beginning of a process to work with the County, which owns the Charlotte Nature Museum site, and the community to envision a new future for the… Keep reading.

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