Explore North Carolina,
Experience Our Science

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:

OnGoing
Jun 01-
Jun 30
NC Science Trail Partner-Piedmont West

Lake Norman State Park: Juneteenth

June 1, 2024 @ 8:00 AM
Visitor Center; June 1-30, 8am-5pm.
OnGoing
Jun 16-
Jun 21
NC Science Trail Partner-Mountain

PARI and Clemson University: 3D Planets, Clemson Edition Middle School Summer Camp

June 16, 2024 @ 3:00 PM
PARI: June 16-21; Ages 11-15
OnGoing
Jun 17-
Jun 21
NC Science Trail Partner-Mountain

Kidsenses: Amazingly Artful Half Day Camp (Rising Grades K-2)

June 17, 2024 @ 9:00 AM
172 N Main St, Rutherfordton, NC 28139
OnGoing
Jun 17-
Jun 21
NC Science Trail Partner-Mountain

KidSenses: Incredible Inventions Half Day Camp (Rising Grades 3-5)

June 17, 2024 @ 9:00 AM
172 N Main St, Rutherfordton, NC 28139
OnGoing
Jun 17-
Jun 21
NC Science Trail Partner-Coastal

The Children’s Museum of Wilmington : Space Voyagers Camp

June 17, 2024 @ 9:00 AM
116 Orange St., Wilmington, NC, 28401, 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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Featured Trail Sites: June 2024
    Finding Science While In North Carolina

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    David Schafer, a Park Ranger at Merchants Millpond, shared pictures and information about their Science Festival event: Paddling out to...

    Watch The Science Trail Grow

    94 Science Trail Sites Across The State and Growing!

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