February 09, 2015
Posted By: Ask a Naturalist
Our newest program at Charlotte Nature Museum is our Nature Trading Project.
It has been a lot of fun seeing visitors get excited about the interesting natural materials they find outside. There have been some pretty neat objects brought in.
So how exactly does it work?
Our Coordinator Gail stocked a cart completely full with oddities we found in our Museum, as well as around the grounds. Three times a month, the Trading Post opens for business. You can find out dates and time by looking at our Upcoming Events.
Come in with your object and either start an account to accrue as many poi… Keep reading.
Don't pack up your coats and gloves yet.
The newly crowned Queen Charlotte saw her shadow today, predicting six more weeks of winter for the Charlotte area.
Our preeminent prognosticator carried out her royal duty in a private ceremony with members of the local media. The Museum is typically closed on Mondays.
The latest groundhog to hold the title, Queen Charlotte is less than a year old and is continuing to brush up on her regal manners in preparation for next year's public ceremony.
Stop by the Museum's Creature Cavern Tuesday-Sunday to welcome Queen Charlotte in her new role. We w… Keep reading.
January 29, 2015
Posted By: From the Director
Groundhog Day is approaching and all around the United States, people eagerly await the proclamation of more wintry weather or the promise of an early spring.
Here at Charlotte Nature Museum, we recently coronated a new Queen Charlotte. As with any young royal, the process of learning what it takes to be a queen and to represent the city of Charlotte can be a daunting challenge, especially for a groundhog who is less than a year old!
So what does it take for a new groundhog to become Queen Charlotte, or for any of our animal residents to become a program animal?
For Queen Charlotte, her … Keep reading.
December 08, 2014
Posted By: Ask a Naturalist
Winter is approaching fast. Many animals have migrated or acquired a thicker coat to prepare for the cold, while others animals are getting ready to hibernate.
What does hibernate mean? Hibernating is what certain animals do to survive extreme weather. It's an interesting adaptation that is a state of inactivity. The animal's heart and breathing rates go down as well as their body temperature. This allows the animal to use very little energy through the cold months.
Why is this beneficial for the animal?
During the winter, food can be very hard to find. It becomes more stressful and d… Keep reading.
When I tell people I am a naturalist, I usually get weird looks because they aren't entirely sure what that entails.
Whenever I try to explain what exactly I do, it is really hard to put it in words. The easy answer for me is simply, everything. A naturalist's job can incorporate many different things, depending on where you work.
At Charlotte Nature Museum we have three naturalists. We have large programs we are in charge of but on a daily basis we do roughly the same things. For example, I am in charge of public programs, class curriculum and Butterfly Pavilion, but the other naturalists… Keep reading.