Carolina Raptor Center, in partnership with Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation, will build a new state-of-the-art Adventure Center at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve in Huntersville, NC.

To make this project a reality, Carolina Raptor Center is now in the public phase of a funding campaign to support the design and construction of the new facility, as well as fund an endowment that will help cover the increased costs of operating the site.

Funds will be used to complete the following initiatives:

  • Joint facility cost sharing with Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation. The facility will house joint program space, meeting rooms, lobby, indoor exhibits, restrooms and offices. Read more about QUEST DESTINATION.

  • Relocate Raptor Trail (visitor experience), construct additional education/program spaces, build an amphitheater to house flight shows. Read more about QUEST EDUCATION.

  • Relocate and renovate the Raptor Medical Center. Create an endowment to support increased conservation efforts through the Jim Arthur Raptor Medical Center for injured/orphaned birds of prey. Read more about QUEST CONSERVATION.

Campaign Timeline

As of December 2016, Carolina Raptor Center had raised $1.8 million in gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations. Approximately $1.8 million in additional gifts must be raised to complete the project with an additional $1 million endowment goal to ensure this community asset will be available to citizens for years to come.

Project Timeline

Carolina Raptor Center anticipates construction beginning in mid-2017 toward a fall 2018 opening of the new facility and Raptor Trail. Medical campus work will begin in 2018.