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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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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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The tomato frog is one of several remarkable frog species on display for a limited time at Charlotte Nature Museum. Tomato frogs secrete a thick, sticky substance, which gums up the mouth and eyes of their predators.

If you loved Fantastic Frogs at Discovery Place, then be sure to stop by Charlotte Nature Museum this spring.

Some super-powered amphibians have hopped over to our Museum and are on display for a limited time in the Dragonfly Theatre.

Catch a glimpse of the wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus), a species native to North Carolina, which can survive being frozen.

Our Oriental fire bellied toads (Bombina orientalis) ward of predators by secreting a toxin through their skin and showing their bright yellow or orange bellies.

The Pacman frog (Ceratrophys Ornata) hails from the rainforests of South America and earned its named for its large mouth, which makes up almost half the animal's size. With bony protrusions along its top and bottom jaw, it can deliver a painful bite.

Our tomato… Keep reading.

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Resident groundhog Queen Charlotte saw her shadow this afternoon at our annual Groundhog Day celebration, predicting six more weeks of winter for the Charlotte area.

Expect to wear your coat and gloves a while longer.

Resident groundhog Queen Charlotte saw her shadow this afternoon at our annual Groundhog Day celebration, predicting six more weeks of winter for the Charlotte area.

Our preeminent prognosticator carried out her royal duty before a packed crowd at Charlotte's only live groundhog shadow check.

Nature lovers of all ages filled the Museum to meet live animals and enjoy arts, crafts, a Puppet Show and story time tales as part of the Groundhog Day festivities.…

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