NCMNS Greenville and Contentnea Creek provide astronomy education, environmental education, and outdoor recreation to the children, adults and families of eastern North Carolina. Our field trip programs offer students a chance to move through the trails of our park led by highly trained educators for a hands-on learning experience that reinforces and brings to life the concepts that are taught in the classrooms.

Our field trips are correlated to the NC Essential Standards and to the Next Generation Science Standards according to grade level and subject area using academically-based curriculum materials. We feature four distinct habitats – stream, forest, swamp and ponds – that are ideally suited to enhance the fundamentals of environmental science in a controlled setting. We can customize a program to meet your needs. Please call us if you have comments or questions. We look forward to working with you and your school group.

Feild Trip Programs 

For PreK-12th grade classes


Explore the Museum with your K-12 class during a trip to NCMNS Greenville. Classes of up to 50 students are guided through a series of activites themed after the exhibits on display. Topics include Astronomy, paleontology, water quality, and pirateology.  

Contentnea Creek

Explore nature and the wounders of the night sky with your K-12 class during a trip to NCMNS Contentnea Creek. Each trip to Contentnea Creek includes a guided trail hike, a hands-on activity, a planetarium show, and time on the Nature Playscape.

UpTown S.T.E.A.M.

NCMNS Greenville has partnered with the Greenville Museum of Art to offer guided tours of each museum for K-12th grade classes during the 2022-2023 school year. Students will enjoy hands-on lessons as they experience each museum.

Preschool Science

Explore the Museum with your preschool class during a trip to NCMNS Greenville. Choose one of three science-based lessons: Tree Talk, Animals Are You, or Fun with Fossils. Each program includes hands on activities and a visit to the Discovery Forest.

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“The findings are stunning: environment-based education produces student gains in social-studies, science, language arts, and math; improves standardized test scores and grade-point averages; and develops skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and decision making.”

Richard Louv

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

729 Dickinson Avenue | Greenville, NC 27834 | 252.364.2862

The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources