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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?

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

Jun 21-
Sep 08
NC Science Trail Partner-Piedmont West

Discovery Place Science : Opening of Ultimate Dinosaurs: Meet a New Breed of Beast

June 21, 2024 @ 9:00 AM
168 W 6th Street, Charlotte, NC, 28202, US
Jul 05-
Sep 08
NC Science Trail Partner-Mountain

NC Arboretum: Bugs – Outside the Box

July 5, 2024 @ 9:00 AM
NC Arboretum, Baker Exhibit Center, 20 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806
Jul 09-
Jul 20
NC Science Trail Partner-Mountain

NC Arboretum: Summer Native Flora ID

July 9, 2024 @ 10:00 AM
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way Asheville, NC 28806
Science For All Partner

ecoEXPLORE: Poetry in Parks at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

12:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Oconaluftee Visitor Center, 1194 Newfound Gap Rd, Cherokee, NC 28719
NC Science Trail Partner-Coastal

Hammocks Beach State Park: Sounding the Sound

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Ferry Waiting Station, 1572 Hammocks Beach Rd. Swansboro, NC 28584
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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: July 2024
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