Environmental Education Centers are facilities that provide quality environmental education for the public, including outdoor experiences, trained staff, exhibits and programs. They serve as vital partners in the N.C. Environmental Education Certification Program and are a valuable resource for classroom teachers, parents and nonformal educators. The N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs identifies and lists these facilities as an aspect of our environmental education outreach.
There are currently more than 200 EE Centers recognized in North Carolina. They consist of federal, state, and local government facilities, as well as non-profit, corporate-sponsored and university-operated centers. North Carolina Environmental Education Centers are committed to professionalism and cooperation with other environmental education facilities and programs through the N.C. Association of Environmental Education Centers.
Before you visit, please note: This online Guide to Environmental Education Centers in North Carolina is informational in nature. Visitors should research each facility further before visiting and taking part in programs to make sure the facility meets their needs. Note that operating hours, visitor entrance fees (if applicable) and program policies at individual facilities are subject to change-we recommend contacting facilities or checking individual websites before planning a visit to ensure the facilities and programs meet your needs.
Find a Center
Search for EE Centers near you by city or zip code. You can also filter results by type of programs and/or amenities such as hiking trails, boating, meeting rooms, exhibits and much more! Feel your facility should be on the list? If your center's environmental education programs and materials meet the NAAEE guidelines (page 4) you can add your center to the searchable database.
North Carolina Association of Environmental Education Centers
Learn more about this important partner in environmental education, including contacts for their executive board.
Map of Environmental Education Centers
This interactive map shows environmental education centers in North Carolina. Use your mouse to hover over a county, and a list of centers will appear. If you see that your county does not have any environmental education centers, try clicking on a neighboring county. To be directed to the website for an environmental education center, click on "Text Version" and navigate to your county.
*The regions on this map are consistent with the Environmental Educators of North Carolina's (EENC) membership sections: Western, Piedmont, Central, Eastern