Outdoor Exhibits


Nature Trail

All within a 0.7 mile trek, you’ll experience a pine forest, mixed hardwood forest, and pond and stream communities typical of the North Carolina Piedmont. On our Trail for all Seasons, every day is a good day for a walk. Play’Scape is a good play area for kids along the trail. Please note four-legged, furry, leashed friends are welcome on our Nature Trail, but NOT permitted within any of the other outdoor exhibits.



NEWLY REMODELED! Kids can let their imagination run wild in the Schiele Museum’s outdoor Playscape exhibit that features kid-sized structures and natural elements designed to nurture a sense of wonder and appreciation for the diversity, beauty, and playfulness of the natural world. 

Memorial Wildlife Garden

In this wildlife oasis, you can take advantage of the contemplative setting by escaping the rat race and settling into an environment authentically designed to provide food and shelter for the Carolina Piedmont’s native species. This beautiful, quiet area is nestled right next to our running river and is a perfect spot for a lunch break!

Catawba Village

Open seasonally, this interpretation of 400 years of Catawba Indian culture, adaptation, and survival is a must see for visitors interested our region’s rich heritage. Visit a prehistoric bark-covered house, council house and log cabins.

The Catawba Village is currently open June 4 – August 12, weather permitting.

Monday – Saturday

10 AM – 4 PM


1 – 4 PM

Stone Age Heritage Site

Travel back in time when the stone tools our ancestors used were the cutting edge of technology. Walk among the standing stones, stone circles, earthen burial mound, rock cairn and petroglyphs that give insightful glimpses into our past.

Gemstone Mining

Search for and keep mineral treasures like garnets, topaz, rubies, emeralds and rose quartz in the running water sluice.

Gemstone Mining is currently open from June 4 – August 12, weather permitting.

Monday – Friday

11 AM – 3 PM


11 AM – 4 PM


1 – 4 PM

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Explore the all-new outdoor experience, The Farm, sponsored by the Gaston County Farm Bureau! With new plants, animals, interactive displays and farm equipment, visitors  can explore the natural, ever-changing relationships on farms across the history of our region!