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Do you have time to give and talent to share? Join our Museum family including Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature Museum and Discovery Place KIDS as a volunteer and you can pursue lifelong learning opportunities in a fun and engaging atmosphere.

Is science your passion? Want to connect kids with nature and the natural world? Are you interested in working with animals? Do you prefer to make things happen behind the scenes? Would you like to meet and work with other individuals who share your interests?

Volunteering provides many benefits including cultivation of community relationships, networking and professional development, and the opportunity to enrich the lives of others. Volunteers at Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature Museum and Discovery Place KIDS play a vital role by donating their time; the benefits to the lives touched are priceless.

What are your interests?

Discovery Place - Located in uptown Charlotte, Discovery Place provides amazing experiences in science, nature and technology in the Museum including exhibitions that facilitate exploration and participation in science-based inquiry.

Charlotte Nature Museum - Located adjacent to Freedom Park, Charlotte Nature Museum connects young kids with nature and provides the opportunity to learn through live animal exhibits, “wild” outdoor field experiences and lively interactions including puppet shows and Charlotte's only talking tree, Grandpa Tree.

Discovery Place KIDS - With locations in Huntersville and Rockingham, Discovery Place KIDS is an adventure in play that encourages early childhood development of children ages 10 and younger. Using the theme of "I CAN," kids can explore their world, discover how to get along with others, test their skills and muscles, try out new ideas and develop confidence.

The Guild of Discovery Place & Charlotte Nature Museum - This organization combines service work with social activities. Started in 1961 at Charlotte Nature Museum by 45 civic-minded women interested in providing support for the Museums, The Guild of Discovery Place & Charlotte Nature Museum provides support through targeted projects that help supplement education programs, materials and exhibits.

Internships - College internships are offered coinciding with the academic calendar and are operated within the individual institution's guidelines. To be considered for an internship with the Museums, a student must be currently enrolled in an accredited college/university as a junior or senior undergraduate (or enrolled in a graduate program) and meet the academic guidelines for internships set by their college/university.

Which volunteer program is right for you?

  • Apprentice Leadership Program (Teens, ages 12-17)

    Applications for the Fall Session will be accepted August 29 - September 16, 2016. All applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on September 16.

    The Apprentice Leadership Program provides the opportunity for teens to build critical thinking and leadership skills and gain knowledge of science and education while working closely with Museum professionals. Beyond gaining critical knowledge about early childhood, science and nature, technology, engineering and math, the program focuses on four key developmental areas for future leaders:


    Embrace diversity while working with audiences from varying backgrounds.


    Discover what it takes to work together and what can be accomplished when working as a team.

    Public speaking

    Experience the opportunity to speak in a public forum and lead presentations.

    Social Skills

    Enhance the ability to interact with others.

    The Apprentice Leadership Program for ages 12-17 has limited availability. Candidates will be selected based on a completed application, reference letters and an interview. Applicants should fill out the appropriate form (download application from the sidebar, at right) and provide two reference letters from their current school. Applications for the Fall Session must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on September 16, 2016. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.

    Completed applications and reference letters must be sent together to:


    Discovery Place Volunteer Services
    ATTN: Susan Dhonau
    301 N. Tryon St.
    Charlotte, NC 28202

    Program Commitment

    Both the summer and school year sessions of the Apprentice Leadership Program require a 70-hour commitment from participants. Participants may take part in the Camp programs, work directly with the public in the Museum or play a part in other Museum-related activities to complete the 70-hour commitment. Upon completion of the summer or school year session, participants will receive a Family Membership to all Museums valued at $200.00.

    Limit one Membership per calendar year.

Ways to Support Discovery Place KIDS

Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the Charitable Solicitation Licensing Section at 1-888-830-4989. The license is not an endorsement by the State of North Carolina.
Download the Discovery Place Application Download the Charlotte Nature Museum Application Download the Discovery Place Kids -Huntersville Application Download the Discovery Place Kids -Rockingham Application

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