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!


What would you like to do today?

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

Apr 11-
Aug 11
Science For All Partner

ecoEXPLORE: Botany for Kids at Berea Branch Library

April 11, 2024 @ 4:30 PM
Berea Branch Public Library, 1211 US Highway 158 Oxford NC
Jul 07-
Jul 18
NC Science Trail Partner-Mountain

PARI Summer Camp: Above and Beyond

July 7, 2024 @ 3:00 PM
PARI: July 7-July 18; Grades 9-12
Jul 21-
Aug 01
NC Science Trail Partner-Mountain

PARI Summer Camp: Mission Control – Martian Frontier

July 21, 2024 @ 3:00 PM
PARI: July 21-Aug 1; Grades 7-12
NC Science Trail Partner-Piedmont West

Lake Norman State Park: Star Party

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
1412 State Park Rd, Statesville, NC 28677, USA
NC Science Trail Partner-Piedmont West

Lake Norman State Park: Star Party

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
1412 State Park Rd, Statesville, NC 28677, USA

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
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