Coming soon

A new way to Learn,
Play and Explore

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, in partnership with Carolina Raptor Center, is building a brand new destination for outdoor recreation and environmental education in North Mecklenburg County. Nestled inside the Latta Nature Preserve, “QUEST,” scheduled to open in early Spring 2020, will be the place to go to learn, play and explore the wonders of water, woods, and wildlife.

Take a hike or a Segway tour to explore the network of well-maintained trails. Immerse yourself in the “Nothing Survives without Water” exhibit and learn more about the role of the Catawba River and Mountain Island Lake in Charlotte’s watershed. Catch a bird show or get nose to beak with a resident raptor at Carolina Raptor Center. Spend a few hours or pack a lunch and spend the day. Only 20 minutes from Uptown Charlotte, but you’ll feel like you are a world away.


Latta Nature Center and Carolina Raptor Center are taking its over 30-year partnership to the next level and creating a one-stop-shop for environmental education, outdoor recreation and, of course, raptors!

A dream over 10 years in the making, Quest is well on its way to completion. After months of planning and preparation, ground was broken on the 13,000 square foot facility in October 2018, and the new 23-acre Raptor Trail will get started early this summer. The project is scheduled for completion in December 2019. We’ll celebrate with a Grand Opening in early Spring.

Three indoor classrooms will host thousands of school children a year. Indoor and outdoor exhibits will focus on the importance of clean water and the inspiration that birds bring to our lives. A catering kitchen, food truck pads and an expanded gift shop are added amenities for visitors and special events.

Walk on the wild side at Latta Nature Preserve, the gateway to the 1,460 acres of the preserve’s natural communities, flora and fauna. The preserve, Mecklenburg County's largest, forms a green peninsula extending into Mountain Island Lake and protects a natural heritage site and several endangered plants.

But you don’t have to wait to get started. Follow this link to start enjoying adventure at Latta today.

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Birds have inspired humans for thousands of years. The first aviators looked to the skies for inspiration when building their flying machines. Writers have waxed poetic, and artists have meticulously mimicked the patterns in the feathers of birds.

This creative vision is close at hand. But you don’t have to wait until next year to get nose to beak with our resident raptors. Book your raptor experience today.

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