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Campers create sculpture out of recycled materials during the Leadership Development Summer Camp at Charlotte Nature Museum. The public is invited to submit their own recycled material sculptures by noon, Friday, July 18. One winner will receive a family 4-pack of tickets to Discovery Place.

Want to win a family 4-pack of tickets to Discovery Place?

Then grab some recycled materials and get creative!

Campers in this week's Leadership Development Summer Camp have organized a recycled material sculpture building contest, and everyone is invited to participate.

Sculptures can be any size, as long as they're made of recycled materials and easily transportable. To enter, bring your creation to Charlotte Nature Museum by noon on Friday, July 18. The contest is open to all ages.

Campers will select one overall winner, who will be recognized in a special presentation at 1:00 p.m. at the stage in Fort Wild.

Following the presentation, participants are invited to join the campers in a clean-up of the greenway and park behind the Museum. All volunteers should wear comforta… Keep reading.

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The votes have been counted, and Reptar is the name of our Museum's newest resident, an American alligator.

Thank you to everyone who voted on a name for our new baby alligator through our blog and Facebook.

Based on your input, Reptar is the name of our Museum's newest resident, an American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis).

The recently hatched Reptar is about 12 inches long and came to us from Alligator Adventure in Myrtle Beach, S.C., which allows the Museum to borrow a juvenile alligator for a few years and return it for a smaller animal once it gets too large.

You can find Reptar swimming happily the Beginnings exhibit in the Great Hall. Plan a visit to meet Reptar today!…

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Leave a comment to help us choose a name for our new baby alligator.

Snappy, our American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis), was homeward bound last week.

Museum Coordinator Gail Lemiec transported him back to Alligator Adventure in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where he came from in 2011. We were sorry to see him go but he had grown too large for the exhibit in the Great Hall at Charlotte Nature Museum.

American alligators hatch out of their eggs at about 9.5 inches long and grow about one foot per year until they reach six feet long. Their growth slows down then, but females average 8-9 feet, while males get a little larger at 10-12 feet. In fact, the largest recorded alligator found in North Carolina was 12 feet, 7 inches long. But that is not the largest alligator recorded in the United States, which was found in Mississippi and was a whopping 19 fee… Keep reading.

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WCNC anchor Larry Sprinkle stopped by the Museum recently to give parents some ideas for entertaining their children this summer.

Check out the video below to see Larry pet an opossum, interview Grandpa Tree, explore the fairy garden in Fort Wild and more!

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Don your wings and fly in this Saturday for the second annual Fairy Festival.

Something's aflutter at Charlotte Nature Museum…

Don your wings and fly in for the second annual Fairy Festival, happening this Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

We'll have activities throughout the Museums to celebrate the wonders of spring and delight magical creatures of all ages:

• Discover your fairy or gnome name in the Naturalist Lab
• Get your hand painted in Peetie's Place
• Go on a fairy door scavenger hunt in Creature Cavern
• Strike a pretty pose and have your picture made on a special toadstool in the Great Hall
• Create art with Pixie Playdough on the Deck
• Build a fairy or gnome house along the Paw Paw Nature Trail
• Make your own fairy or gnome wand in Fort Wild
• Blow bubbles in the Fairy Garden

Be sure to stop by Dragonfly Theatre at 10:30 a.m. or 1… 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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