Are you a part of a learning pod or homeschool group that could benefit from an educational outing?

NCMNS Contentnea Creek is now offering small group field trips! For $150 for up to 10 people, we will shuttle your group the Museum for a half day science-based field trip with outdoor recreation opportunities. Trips may include a planetarium show, a hike through our beautiful forests, and a variety of fun filled science games. These outdoor, hands on learning sessions are a great compliment to virtual learning and homeschooling curriculum.

The Museum wants to offer you an easy and effective way to enrich your small group learning experinace.


The Museum will shuttle up to 10 people from a single location to our Contentnea Creek location for an outdoor hands-on learning experience.

The shuttle is available for no additional cost for groups that are within a 25 mile radius from NCMNS Contentnea Creek. For groups that are farther than 25 miles away a $0.55 fee will be applied for each additional mile traveled.

All passengers on the shuttle are required to were a face covering.

Trail Hikes

Interactions with nature and green space have lasting impacts on learning. Our trails are a great way to get kids outside looking and exploring.

Planetarium Shows

The planetarium is an imersive learning enviroment where students can unlock the mysteries of the night sky. 

Science Enrichment

All science enrichment will be grade-appropriate, hands-on, and feature activities that align with NC Essential Standards.




Reservations can be made by phone at 252-902-5305 (Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm), or by email at maria.mcdaniel@naturalsciences.orgWhat we need to know: contact information, Preferred dates, Number of students and teachers or chaperones, Times of arrival and departure.


Groups can be up to 10 people. Each group must have at least one accompanying  adult . Teachers and/or chaperones are required to participate in programs and accompany students on the outdoor portion of the trip. All students must be with a chaperone at all times. 


The health and safety of program participants and staff at the Museum is a priority. We will be following all recommendations by the CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as we begin to offer programming to the children and families in our community.


A minimum two-week notice in writing is required for refund. Groups that do not cancel will be billed the full amount of the program(s).


If the Museum or the group needs to cancel due to weather, the program will be rescheduled at the teacher’s request and as the Museum’s calendar permits.


Students will make observations, collect data, compare and classify organisms, and draw conclusions. Each small group field trip to NCMNS Contentnea Creek includes an outdoor and indoor experience. During the outdoor experience students will explore several distinct habitats including streams, forests, swamps and ponds. The indoor experience will take your students into the planetarium where they will learn about the daily/annual motion, the lunar cycle, the solar system, or how we experience weather.


Students and all accompanying adults should dress according to the weather. While we may shorten outdoor portions of a program according to the weather, we will be outside unless the weather is severe. Please pay close attention to the forecast in the days before your trip and encourage everyone to dress appropriately for those conditions.


It is recommended that all participants wear comfortable, closed toe shoes (no sandals or heels). Sunscreen and bug repellent are recommended especially for spring and summer trips. It is recommended for participants who are kayaking to bring a towel and a change of clothes.

Student backpacks are not allowed on the field trips. Adult chaperones may carry backpacks as necessary. Student cell phones and electronics are not allowed on field trips.


Encouraging your students’ respect for all park staff, property, and visitors. Groups who exhibit overly disruptive or destructive behavior will not be tolerated. Teachers and chaperones are responsible for the conduct of their groups. Students must be under direct adult supervision at all times.


If you are planning to have a picnic lunch with us, prior to leaving school please place all lunches in large cardboard boxes or coolers in order for our personnel to transport them to the picnic area for you.


Start booking your trip.

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