What's Happening at NCMNS Greenville & Contentnea Creek

All in-person programs will follow current state and federal health guidelines and apply a range of safety measures to mitigate health risks, including smaller class sizes, moving into larger rooms (if indoors), keeping participants a safe distance from each other and increasing sanitation efforts.

Please note that in-person programs are subject to change or cancellation depending on COVID-19 restrictions. A full refund would be provided in event of a cancellation.

Saturday Planetarium Shows

The Chia-yu Li Planetarium will be open to the public on the second Saturday of each month. Each show will run approximately 30 minutes. The 11am and 12pm shows will feature short-film style documentaries. The 1pm program will take you on a live narrated tour of the night sky.

11:00 AM


Traces the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a spyglass, to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. It explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years.

1:00 PM


Explore how high-energy astrophysics plays a key role in understanding the hot and violent nature of the universe. You will be taken on a journey through our own galaxy, revealing the hidden nature of neutron stars, supernova remnants, and stars like our Sun.

1:00 PM

Night Sky Live

The winter skies are full of vibrant stars and deep space objects that light up the night. The winter constellations feature some well know constellations like Orion and Taurus the Bull. The winter is an incredible time to get outside and stargaze.

Guided Trail Hikes

All Trail hikes are catered toward Elementary and Middle school-aged students, but can be enjoyed by families of any size and age.

Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable, safe footwear for hikes.

$5/participant for New Years and Tree ID hikes. Facemasks are required. 


JANUARY 2, 2020

New Year's Hike

Start out 2021 with a relaxing walk in nature. We'll take a 1.3 mile loop around some of the most popular trails at NCMNS at Contentnea Creek. Enjoy a guided hike through the property and start your new year off right. Our themed trail hikes will encourage you to view the trails and local habitats in new and exciting ways. 

JANUARY 16, 2020

Mornings with Mother Nature

On the third Saturday of each month, we’ll be joined by Mother Nature herself, Mrs. Nancy Bray. During this FREE program participants will enjoy a different engaging science lesson in nature each month, designed to get students and their parents thinking creatively about the world around them.

JANUARY 23, 2020

Winter Tree ID Trail Hike

Learn tips and tricks for winter identification of common trees in the woodlands and swamps of eastern NC. Explore and discuss the flora and fauna in the woodlands, wetlands, and ponds on our 400 acres. This 1/2 mile, guided trail hike involves plenty of observations including bark and leaf rubbings for you to take home!   

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