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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!

UPCOMING EVENTS!

What would you like to do today?

2024 has arrived in style - See what we are doing:

25 February Sunday
NC Science Trail Partner-Piedmont West

Discovery Place Science: Science Lab Workshop – Blood Typing

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
301 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC, 28202, US
25 February Sunday
NC Science Trail Partner-Piedmont West

Morrow Mountain State Park: Early Settlers and Dr. Kron

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
49104 Morrow Mountain Rd, Albemarle, NC 28001, USA
25 February Sunday
NC Science Trail Partner-Piedmont East

Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve: Pyxie-Moss Hike

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
1030 W Hedgelawn Way, Southern Pines, NC 28387, USA
25 February Sunday
NC Science Trail Partner-Coastal

Hammocks Beach State Park: Intro to Shark Tooth Hunting

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
1572 State Rd 1511, Swansboro, NC 28584; 910-326-4881
25 February Sunday
NC Science Trail Partner-Piedmont West

Discovery Place Science: Science Lab Workshop – Blood Typing (2nd Event)

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
301 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC, 28202, US
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Get Outside in NC

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

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Explore a Museum in NC

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

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Discover Wildlife

Up-close personal interactions with different types of wildlife.

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Be a Scientist

Citizen Science Programs in North Carolina

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Take a Class

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

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Experiment at Home/School

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

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Find My Passion

Choose a scientific field that is most interesting to you!

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