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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:

24 April Wednesday

NC Science Festival Trail Event

NC Science Trail Partner-Coastal

CoreSound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center: Earth Day at Willow Pond 2024 (Register Now for Grades K-2)

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
1785 Island RoadHarkers Island, NC, 28531
24 April Wednesday

NC Science Festival Trail Event

NC Science Trail Partner-Coastal

Hammocks Beach State Park: Smart Science Extravaganza

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
1572 Hammocks Beach Rd. Swansboro, NC 28584
25 April Thursday
NC Science Trail Partner-Piedmont East

Marbles: Teach a Child to Save Day

10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
201 East Hargett Street Raleigh, NC 27601
25 April Thursday
NC Science Trail Partner-Piedmont West

Discovery Place Kids: Sensory-Friendly Hours

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
105 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC, 28078, US
27 April Saturday
NC Science Trail Partner-Piedmont East

NC Museum of Natural Sciences: Dueling Dinosaurs Grand Opening

April 27, 2024 @ 10:00 AM
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
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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: April 2024
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    Watch The Science Trail Grow

    94 Science Trail Sites Across The State and Growing!

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