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Volunteers from Audubon NC, Wells Fargo, Mecklenburg Audubon Society and Mecklenburg Country recently installed almost 100 bird-friendly native plants, including 17 different varieties, at the entrance to Charlotte Nature Museum. The project was completed thanks to a generous grant from Wells Fargo's Environmental Solutions for Communities program.

Volunteers from Audubon NC, Wells Fargo, Mecklenburg Audubon Society and Mecklenburg Country recently gathered to install native plants at the entrance to Charlotte Nature Museum to attract birds and pollinators.

"Our native wildlife, our native flowers and our native plants are just as beautiful as a lot of the ornamentals," said Museum director Marvin Bouknight. "So by teaching people that they can make their yard look nice, look landscaped, but can also be beneficial to wildlife, that's one of the big goals of having a garden like this out here."

The garden features almost 100 bird-fr… Keep reading.

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After migrating to warmer climates for the winter, hummingbirds have returned to Charlotte and recently were spotted in front of Charlotte Nature Museum.

Director Marvin Bouknight used a slow-motion camera to capture this hummingbird as it approached a feeder.



 

Want to feed the hummingbirds in your backyard?

Make a nectar with 4 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar. Use only white table sugar (granulated sugar). Do not use powdered sugar, honey, molasses, or other sweeteners. Red food coloring is not necessary to add to nectar. Research has shown that red nectar solutions do not i… 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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