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What is the NC Science Trail?

North Carolina is home to some of the most awe-inspiring and accessible science and nature venues in the country.
The NC Science Trail is your place to find them. Come join us!

A Travel Guide for NC Science

If you are traveling in North Carolina and you’re looking to explore the incredible science and nature opportunities that our state has to offer, the NC Science Trail is your guide for where to go, when to go, how to get there, and what’s going on.

An Educational Resource

Not sure what kind of activity you’re looking for today, but need something that will stoke your brain? You’re in the right place. We’ll help you discover your scientific interests, at home, school, or on the Trail.

A Science-Focused Community

All of our Trail Partners love science and nature! We spend every day immersed in ways to make learning about NC’s resources fun and exciting for you. Need help? We’re here for you!


What would you like to do today?

2023 is the Year of the Trail in NC. See what we are doing:

25 September Monday
NC Science Trail Partner-Piedmont East

Morehead Planetarium: Skywatching-Views from the Durham

September 25, 2023 @ 8:00 PM
29 September Friday
NC Science Trail Partner-Coastal

Museum of Coastal Carolina: Sandbar Lecture – Plentiful Stinging Jellies, Key to Healthy Ecosystem

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
30 September Saturday
NC Science Trail Partner-Piedmont East

Prairie Ridge Ecostation: Trail Days at Prairie Ridge Ecostation and Flutterfest

9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
06 October Friday
NC Science Trail Partner-Piedmont East

Kidzu Children’s Museum: Family First Fridays STEMonstrations

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
14 October Saturday

PARI: Eclipse at PARI

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Get Outside in NC

Science and nature-based outdoor activities including hiking trails, biking trails, equestrian trails, and paddling trails.


Explore a Museum in NC

Hands-on indoor science activities to guide your scientific curiosities.


Discover Wildlife

Up-close personal interactions with different types of wildlife.


Be a Scientist

Citizen Science Programs in North Carolina


Take a Class

Science and nature-based classes offered by our Trail Partners for all different ages. Virtual and In-person options.


Experiment at Home/School

Science and nature-based education resources for home or school explorations.


Find My Passion

Choose a scientific field that is most interesting to you!

Featured Trail Sites: September 2023
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