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Opossums are known for their strong sense of smell. As an enrichment activity, Museum naturalists might hide the opossum's food in a box so she can smell her meal and scavenge for it just like she would in the wild.

Have you ever walked through Creature Cavern and wondered about the interesting objects in the animal enclosures?

Sometimes you might see large cardboard boxes, branches, snake sheds or hanging toys where our animal residents live.

It may look like these objects do not belong in there, but in fact they do! The other Naturalists and I put these objects in with the animals to give them enrichment. 

Enrichment is a way to keep animals active, thinking and exploring, just like they do in nature. It is important that our animals continue to use their natural instincts and behaviors, even t… 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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The distinct leaves of the paw paw tree make it easy to identify. This important tree species is native to the eastern United States.

We are so lucky here to have a forest of old, majestic trees in Fort Wild, our outdoor play area.

I can’t name every single tree we have in the area but some common ones you might see include pine, walnut, hickory, oak, sweet gum and maples, among many others. You can tell these trees apart by looking at their leaves, bark, fruit and even buds.

But I want to talk about one very specific tree on the Paw Paw Nature Trail. It is what we named the trail after, the paw paw tree.

This tree is not very well known but it is a beautiful native species of the eastern United States. Though it do… Keep reading.

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Envirocaching is a nature-themed scavenger hunt. Guests can borrow a GPS unit and search for specific natural objects to learn more about, with the help of Museum staff.

You may have noticed some new programs popping up at the Museum with our monthly Citizen Science Fridays, Bird Walk and Wisdom of the Woods speaker series.

We have been enjoying these new programs, and one that is close to my heart is Envirocaching at 1:00 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month.

But what is Envirocaching anyway?

This program came together after a lot of research about ways to get kids out of the classroom, including educaching, which makes it easy to tailor a lesson plan around geocaching. I’ve always liked geocaching, which is a scavenger hunt that uses satellite… Keep reading.

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Three Eastern spadefoot, unique amphibians that are neither frog nor a toad, recently came to live at Charlotte Nature Museum.

Charlotte Nature Museum recently acquired a new addition to its live animal collection, three Eastern spadefoot (Scaphiopus holbrookii).

These amphibians can be found (or not found, if stealthily hiding) in Creature Cavern.

Often referred to as a toad, the spadefoot actually inhabits its own family, distinct from frogs and toads, called Pelobatidae. This makes them a very unique creature indeed.

They are a small to medium-sized Anuar, which is the order for frogs and toads. Their biggest claim to fame is their single, sickle-shaped tubercle, or spade, which hides on the underside of e… Keep reading.

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