STEAM: On the Wing & On the Water

Discover the wonders of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics at STEAM On the Wing & On the Water. Join Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation's Quest Nature Center and the Carolina Raptor Center at Latta Nature Preserve on Saturday, April 13, from 10 AM to 3 PM, kicking off the Centennial Celebration for 100 years of Mountain Island Lake.

This free event is designed for all ages, offering an immersive experience in STEAM disciplines. Taking place at Latta Nature Preserve, the event features two components:

At the Carolina Raptor Center, explore STEAM On the Wing with free access to the Raptor Trail, a zoo highlighting birds of prey and home to more than 30 avian ambassadors. Engage with community partners to learn about wildlife conservation.

Special Programs:

  • 11:00 AM – Meet a Raptor: Learn what makes raptors unique and meet one of our avian ambassadors during this seated educational program.
  • 1:00 PM – Fly-By: Watch in awe as one of our avian ambassadors works alongside their trainers to show off awesome nature behaviors.
  • 2:30 PM – Keeper Chat: Learn about one of our avian ambassadors from someone who knows them best.

At Quest Nature Center, Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation hosts STEAM On the Water. Dive into aquatic ecology with local organizations, unraveling the science and secrets beneath the water.

Join us for this educational adventure at STEAM On the Wing & On the Water, where learning comes to life against the scenic backdrop of Latta Nature Preserve!

Participating organizations include:

  • Duke Energy
  • Catawba Riverkeeper
  • Charlotte Water
  • The Schiele Museum
  • Mecklenburg County Solid Waste
  • Mecklenburg County Stormwater Services
  • Parks and Recreation Natural Resources
  • North Carolina Cooperative Extension
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
  • Charlotte Wildlife Stewards
  • Mecklenburg Audubon Society
  • M. Alexander Middle School
  • Queens University
  • Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens
  • Davidson Land Conservancy


Need help getting around? See the Latta Nature Preserve map.

Need help finding parking at the Raptor Trail? Please refer to the map below.


Saturday, April 13, 2024


10:00 AM - 3:00 PM



Latta Nature Preserve

6345 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078

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