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Science & Nature

The creative and scientific elements that make Durham a great place to live and work also make it a great place to learn and play. With miles of trails, several lakes and waterways, plus dozens of parks, outdoor spaces, and museums, Durham has great scenic natural beauty and places to explore science. Unique educational opportunities include the Duke Lemur Center where visitors can explore a species that is native to Madagascar, and the Museum of Life + Science where curious visitors can explore the world through interactive, engaging exhibits. Natural beauty can be admired at a variety of parks and gardens, including the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, whose 55-acres are full of more than 4,500 colorful plant varieties. Use the searchable listings below to explore science and nature in Durham.

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A Day in Duke Gardens

You can easily spend a day exploring Duke Gardens. See what awaits you and get some tips in this tour of Duke Gardens’ four distinct areas. Read More

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A Look Inside Magic Wings

Get a behind the scenes look at the Museum of Life + Science's butterfly house in this interview with its director. Read More

 

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Bayer CropScience: Bayer Bee Care Center Tour

  • 2 TW Alexander Dr
  • Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
  • (919) 549-2000
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

Bayer has in-depth expertise and experience in both animal health and crop protection with business based on an inherent interest in preserving bee health and promoting sustainable agriculture. …

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Bay-Hargrove Park

  • 208 Hargrove St
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 560-4355
  • Downtown Area

Includes picnic facilities and play grounds.

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Belmont Park

  • 2200 Sovereign St
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 560-4355
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Includes picnic facilities and play grounds.

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Birchwood Park

  • 3105 Hursey St
  • Durham, NC 27703
  • (919) 560-4355
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

Includes basketball courts, play grounds, and youth baseball fields.

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Burch Avenue Park

  • 800 Birch Ave
  • Durham, NC 27712
  • (919) 560-4355
  • East Durham

Includes grills, picnic facilities, and play grounds.

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Burton Park

  • 1000 Sima Ave
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 560-4355
  • East Durham

Includes basketball courts, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, small recreation center, small shelters, and water fountains.

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Butterfly House at the Museum of Life + Science

  • 433 W Murray Ave
  • I-85 Exit 176-B
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 220-5429
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

Three-story tropical butterfly conservatory, the largest on the East Coast, featuring exotic flowers and tropical plants in a rainforest area and stream garden. Insectarium has more than 25 live …

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C.M. Herndon Park

  • 511 Scott King Rd
  • Durham, NC 27713
  • (919) 560-4355
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

Includes soccer and baseball fields, playground, picnic shelter, parking, and more.

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C.R. Wood Park

  • 417 Commonwealth Ave
  • Durham, NC 27703
  • (919) 560-4355
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

Includes basketball courts, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, small recreation center, restrooms, small shelters, water fountains, and a youth baseball field.

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Campus Hills Park

  • 2000 S Alston Ave
  • Durham, NC 27713
  • (919) 560-4355
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

Includes adult softball field, grills, lights, picnic facilities, play grounds, large recreation center, and water fountains.

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Durham, NC 27701 USA
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