NC Science Trail

The North Carolina Science Trail is a STEM collection of nearly 100 partners across the state of North Carolina. While Science Trail Partners will be collaborating on Science Festival events throughout the month of April, the mission of the NC Science Trail is to inspire exploration of NC’s varied science landscape all year long. We aim to build awareness of science processes, cultivate appreciation for the role of science in our everyday lives, and encourage care for the natural world. Our primary goals are:

  1. To connect and highlight our science education partners
  2. To provide awareness of exploration opportunities for NC residents and visitors across the state
  3. To bridge the gap between educators and lifelong learners

The new website will provide information for visitors about Trail Partner locations, science specialties, special programs being offered, ages served, and suggested itineraries for visiting multiple partners across the state.

The website launched April 1, 2023, in coordination with Science Festival events and the Year of the Trail in an effort to broaden and advertise year-round access to science experiences across the state of North Carolina.

Follow the links below to see NCSciFest events hosted by NC Science Trail Partners:

  • Animal Park at the Conservators Center
  • Asheville Museum of Science
  • Bald Head Island Conservancy
  • Carolina Raptor Center
  • Carvers Creek State Park
  • Catawba Science Center
  • Cowan Museum of History and Science
  • Dismal Swamp State Park
  • Gorges State Park
  • Greensboro Science Center
  • Hammocks Beach State Park
  • Imagination Station Science and History Museum
  • Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
  • Kaleideum
  • Lake James State Park
  • Lake Norman State Park
  • Merchants Millpond State Park
  • Museum of Life and Science
  • NC Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville
  • Sylvan Heights Bird Park
  • The North Carolina Arboretum
  • Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve

Click here for an interactive list of our partners across the state. 

This map shows the NC Science Trail Partners across the state who have signed on to be part of the NC Science Trail this year.