North Carolina

Exploring Nature

Featured Gardens & Nature Centers

Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock features scenic views, hiking trails, rock climbing, a 404-foot waterfall, and more. Groups will enjoy the Park’s trails where they’ll find resident and migrant birds, wildflowers, indigenous plants and hardwood trees. 431 Main St., Chimney Rock NC 28720. Tel: 800-277-9611. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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Cove Creek Gardens

4505 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405. 336-621-0611. Covering 4.75 acres, Cove Creek Gardens is a conservation and teaching garden. Through the garden’s promotion of the art of horticulture, groups will gain an appreciation of conservation and stewardship. Learning programs focus on topics such as entomology, sustainability, water conservative gardening, and more. Fee.

JC Raulston Arboretum

4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh, NC 27606. 919-515-3132. Immerse yourself in a world of horticulture at NC State University’s JC Raulston Arboretum, known for its varied collection of landscape flora. Tour the gardens featuring heat-tolerant plants, evergreen shrubs, butterflies, and more. Free/Suggested donation.

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.

Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden

215 South Main St., Kernersville, NC 27284. 336-996-7888. Experience 15 gardens, featuring over 1500 different kinds of plants, at Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden. Learn about herbaceous perennials, shrubs, vines, and ornamental grasses. Free.

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.

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.

Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary

248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte, NC 28209. 704-331-0664. Groups will enjoy a day with nature as they take a tour of the gardens and learn about the birds and other small animals that live there. They'll hear a story, and learn about the garden's role as a bird habitat. Fee.