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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!


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

May 9Sandbar Lecture at Museum of Coastal Carolina: Hurricanes & Coastal Weather Hazards in North Carolina, Victoria Oliva, National Weather Service6pm
May 12Brews and Bears: After-hours summer event series, WNC Nature Center5:30pm – 8pm
May 13Adult Field Camp: eButterfly and Nest Watch Citizen Science, Prairie Ridge Ecostation9:30am -12:30pm
May 13Year of the Trail Event: Trail Days at Sanford – Eight great events for the family!9am-5pm
May 14Discovery Place Science: Marvel Exhibition Opens 
May 19WNC Nature Center: Party for the Planet-Endangered Species Day10am-3pm
May 20NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher: Endangered Species Day Scavenger Hunt10am-4pm
May 20Greensboro Science Center: Endangered Species Day Scavenger Hunt and Re-opening of the Butterfly House!10am-2pm
May 20Morehead Planetarium hosts Skywatching: Dix Park9am-11am
May 20NC Arboretum: ecoEXPLORE event: Fact or Myth – Snakes Edition10 am
Date Event Time
May 30 Sandbar Lecture at Museum of Coastal Carolina: Coexisting with Alligators, John Henry Harrelson, NC Wildlife Resources Commission 6pm
June 6Morehead Planetarium‘s Carolina Science Café presents: Bacteria Get Hangry Too. Adam Rosenthal, Ph.D., UNC Dept. Microbiology and Immunology6pm-7pm
June 6Sandbar Lecture at Museum of Coastal Carolina: Microplastics in the Southeast, Georgia Busch, NC Coastal Federation6pm
June 8Museum of Coastal Carolina: World Ocean Day event10am-7pm
June 9WNC Nature Center: Bears and Brews series 5:30pm-8pm


What would you like to do today?

Discover NC Science

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 offered through our Trail Partners.


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!

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