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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:

Date Event Time
Apr 13 Up and Atom – University of North Carolina: Asheville 11:30am-1pm
Apr 14 Science on the Rocks – Discovery Place Science 6-10pm
Apr 15 Science Extravaganza! – Greensboro Science Center  10am-2pm
Apr 16 Year of the Trail Event (Day 2) – Lake James State Park 10am-4pm
Date Event Time
Apr 29 Carnival to Combat Climate Change – NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores 11am-4pm
Apr 28-May 1 NC Bioblitz/City Nature Challenge – Statewide Various


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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 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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