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Ideas for break: Exploring nature

While some creatures prepare for winter by donning a thick coat of fur or bedding down for a long winter’s nap, families can get ready for the season by exploring nature.

The Charlotte Nature Museum has planned programs from Dec. 20-31 so that families can explore the natural world together over the holidays. The full schedule of interactive live shows and programming includes special shows, story time and close-up animal encounters. a little taste:

Animal encounters: Enjoy an up-close experience with native animal friends including Harriet (The Hare), Candy Corn (The Corn Snake), and Texas Pete (The Texas Tortoise).

Animal feedings: Observe a snake, a turtle, or even an alligator as they enjoy their favorite meal. Get a close-up view while learning from a museum naturalist about the featured creature’s diet, habitat, and life cycle.

Grandpa Tree: Some animals migrate to warmer climates in the winter while others hibernate until spring is almost here. Sit around the nighttime campfire in the Nature Dome’s woods as Grandpa Tree helps find the animals that are active in Charlotte during the chilly weather.

Nature walk: Enjoy a nature walk along the Paw Paw Nature Trail in a 100-year-old forest. Guided by a museum naturalist, visitors will rediscover plants, animals, fungi, and more while learning new ways to explore their own backyard.

"Wake Up Bear": Join us for "Wake Up Bear," the annual Christmas puppet show. This year, bear decides to wake up for Christmas to see how all the other forest animals celebrate the winter season while he’s sound asleep.

Guests can also walk among free-flying butterflies in Butterfly Pavilion, observe live animals in Creature Cavern, buzz by Insect Alley or just hang out in Our Big Backyard. All activities are free with museum admission and take place throughout the day from Tuesday-Sunday. Admission is $6 per person; children younger than 2 are free.

For more specific information about daily showtimes or event details, call 704-372-6261, x300, or visit charlottenaturemuseum.org. Charlotte Nature Museum is closed on Mondays, Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day.

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