Nature Trail & Outdoor Exhibits


The Schiele is excited to announce that the Nature Trail and Outdoor Exhibits is open to the public. As of May 30th, the outdoor areas of the museum will be free of charge until we are able to reopen the museum building itself.


Mon - Sat: 10 AM - 4 PM

Sun: 1 - 4 PM

What does this mean?

Guests can visit The Farm, Catawba Village, and Playscape areas while they enjoy the Nature Trail.  Typically, these areas are included with museum admission; however, as phase-2 prohibits the opening of the museum, The Schiele Museum is pleased to provide our outdoor exhibits free to our members and community while we await the reopening of the indoor experiences.


We’re also pleased to offer limited outdoor educational programs many days.  Be sure to check the sign at the Nature Trail entrance for the topics, times and locations for these programs.

** Please note that the Catawba Village and The Farm may be closed on rainy days or for other circumstances of inclement weather.**


Please be mindful of others that are also enjoying the Nature Trail and Outdoor Exhibits.  You should still maintain safe social distancing practices.


Dogs on the Trail

Please keep in mind, while dogs are allowed on the trail on a leash, they are not permitted within the Outdoor Exhibit areas like The Farm, Catawba Indian Village, and Playscape.  Please be sure to pick up after your dog as well.


Museum and Indoor Exhibits

The museum interior exhibits remain closed to the public.  This also means that there will be no restroom facilities available during your visit to the Nature Trail and Outdoor Exhibits. Please plan accordingly.


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Daily Discoveries

Tuesday - Saturday at 10:30 AM and 2 PM
Discover science and nature as you enjoy an educational presentation that may feature live animals, museum collections, or hands-on experiences.  Program topics vary each day and are weather dependent.  Signage at the head of the trail will reveal the programs being offered that day (weather permitting).

Upcoming Schedule

Thursday, July 16

Egg-cellent Eggs

Learn about some of our newest animals on our farm, chickens, and participate in some fun games and experiments all to do with eggs! 

Friday, July 17

The Buzz on Bees

Visit the Farm to see live pollinators in action and learn about the vital roles they play in our environment.

Saturday, July 18

Stratigraphy Scholars

Learn all about archaeology and stratigraphy in this interactive daily discovery.

Sunday, July 19

Goat Social

1 – 4 PM

A little meet and greet with our favorite furry friends down at the Farm.

Monday, July 20

Tree-riffic Trees

Learn all about trees and how they grow as you explore the woods with an environmental educator to guide you.

Tuesday, July 21

The Woodland Indians

Visit the Catawba Indian Village to explore the fascinating ways earlier people found food, clothing and shelter in the Carolina Wilderness.

Wednesday, July 22

Mammoths vs. Mastodons

Can you tell the difference between these two ancient creatures? This daily discovery will teach you all about these animals and how they are similar and different. 

Thursday, July 23

Gemstone Mining

10 AM – 3 PM

Visit the mine to search for gems and interesting stones using running water.  Miners keep what they find!

Friday, July 24

A Rainbow of Color

Explore the different properties of color on paper and in the sky in this vibrant demonstration.

Again, please be mindful of others that are also enjoying the Nature Trail and Outdoor Exhibits.  You should still maintain safe social distancing practices. The museum building remains closed to the general public.