Field Trip Planning for Teachers

Situated on 55 acres of land along the Neuse River in Kinston, our park is ideal for field trips. We have a Nature Center, Planetarium, Health and Science Museum, fishing ponds, picnic tables, and plenty of room to run around and explore. From our underground cave to our giant replica of a mouth and digestive system, we offer an experience that students will be talking about for years to come.
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What Can We Do There?


We offer field trip opportunities at our facility that include a Nature Center tour and a Planetarium show with time to explore our Science Museum. Our tours generally start at 9:30 a.m. and are over by noon. Starting and ending times may be adjusted based on the needs of your group and staff availability. Group size will be limited according to activities selected.

Due to our staff size we must limit groups to 80 students per day. Groups may use our covered picnic shelter or picnic tables at the playground for lunches. Students may enjoy the playground and fossil dig area after the tour.
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Souvenirs are sold at the Nature Center and Science Museum. The souvenirs range in price from $0.25 to $8. Soft drinks and bottled water may be purchased at the Planetarium building.

Packages & Reservations


Our basic field trip package starts at $3 per student (teachers and school staff are free). This includes the Nature Center tour and Planetarium show. We offer rides on the Big Daddy Express train for an additional $1 per person.

Parents and siblings are the same price as students. Only teachers and school staff are free. Fees are due upon arrival and must be paid by cash, check or purchase order (No credit cards accepted). Please call 252-939-3302 to schedule your group.
How to make group reservations:
  • Choose 3 dates that your group could possibly visit
  • Please call early, our field trip calendar fills up quickly
  • Have a rough estimate of participating students
  • Call 252-939-3302 to schedule your group
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