Featured Environmental Studies/Nature Centers

Aw Shucks

At Aw Shucks Farms, groups can participate in teambuilding activities such as scavenger hunts, learn about fossils, and enjoy a wagon ride around the farm. Attractions at Aw Shucks include the 1800s wooden train car, the General Store, the Corn Maze, and the 1950s Soda Shop. 3718 Plyler Mill Rd., Monroe, NC 28112. Tel: 704-709-7000. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center

248 Allison Woods Drive, Turnersburg, NC 28688. 704-873-5976. Explore the outside world on 1,000 acres of wooded land. Groups can embark on an eco-walk, classify rocks and fossils, or take a natural history tour and learn about the landscape as it was at the time of Daniel Boone. Fee.

Neuseway Nature Park

Situated on 55 acres of land along the Neuse River in Kinston the park contains a Nature Center, Planetarium, Health & Science Museum, fishing ponds, picnic tables, and plenty of room to run around and explore. 401 W Caswell Street Kinston, NC 28501. Tel: 252-939-3302. Cost: Fee.

Rowan County Nature and Learning Center

Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146. 704-216-7803. Groups can enjoy a fun day with nature wide variety of educational programs and activities. Learn about leaf identification, stream ecosystems, and animals. Groups can pan the Miner Moose Gem Mine, where they have the chance to find colorful gemstones. Free/Fee.

Sylvan Heights Bird Park

500 Sylvan Heights Pk. Way, Scotland Neck, NC 27874. 252-826-3186. The park features 18 acres of land filled with birds from around the world. Educational programs on topics such as animal interaction, wetlands, and bird characteristics. Fee.

Walnut Creek Wetland Center

950 Peterson St., Raleigh, NC 27610. 919-996-2760. Features a 59-acre park with trails, wildlife watching, and exhibits. Learn about wetland ecology and birds with stories, facts, and activities. Groups can also go on a scavenger hunt and handle objects at the touch table. Free.