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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:

May 01-
May 31
NC Science Trail Partner-Piedmont West

Pilot Mountain State Park: Storywalk®- What a Park Ranger Does

May 1, 2024 @ 7:00 AM
1721 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle, NC, 27043, US
NC Science Trail Partner-Piedmont West

Catawba Science Center: Naturalist Program-Best Animal Athletes

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
243 3rd Ave NE, HICKORY, NC, 28601, US
NC Science Trail Partner-Piedmont East, Science For All Partner

ecoEXPLORE: Family Wildlife Series: Fantastic Frogs

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Blue Jay Point Park, 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd, Raleigh, NC 27614
May 25-
May 26
NC Science Trail Partner-Coastal

Aurora Fossil Museum: North Carolina Fossil Festival

May 25, 2024 @ 11:00 AM
400 Main St, Aurora, NC 27806, USA
NC Science Trail Partner-Coastal, Science For All Partner

ecoEXPLORE: Become an ecoEXPLORER @ Coastal NC National Wildlife Refuges!

11:00 AM - 11:59 AM
Coastal NC National Wildlife Refuges Gateway Visitor Center, 100 Conservation Way, Manteo, NC, 27954
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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: May 2024
    Finding Science While In North Carolina

    It's June, and that means it's time for synchronous fireflies. I don't know about you, but there are few summer...

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

    The long-awaited opening of the brand-new Sullenberger Aviation Museum is oh-so-close...We cannot wait to see all of the aviation science...

    Watch The Science Trail Grow

    94 Science Trail Sites Across The State and Growing!

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