Prairie Ridge is the "field station" for the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. The 40-acre site boasts a green outdoor classroom, native plant garden and native tree arboretum, a series of ponds and vernal pools, and a trail system winding through the prairie and forest. Museum staff offer a multitude of public programs to educate visitors about nature and science. The Nature PlaySpace designed for young children is a popular space for nature-based play and offers many weekly programs. Prairie Ridge is also a hub for researchers who conduct citizen science onsite, affording visitors numerous opportunities to participate in real scientific research.