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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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Duke Lemur Center

  • 3705 Erwin Rd at NC Hwy 751
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 401-7240
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Lemurs are native only to Madagascar, where they evolved in isolation from other primates. But luckily for Durham locals and visitors, you don’t have to travel to the Indian Ocean to find a lemur: …

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Eno River State Park

  • 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Main Access Area: Fews Ford off of Cole Mill Rd
  • Durham, NC 27705-9275
  • (919) 383-1686
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

The Eno River flows through Durham for 33 miles before eventually ending up in Falls Lake on the eastern edge of the county. This park, only 10 miles from Downtown Durham, offers terrific access for …

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American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists

  • 1 Davis Dr
  • Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2215
  • (919) 549-8141
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

The world's largest technical and scientific textile membership society where practically all dyes, finishes, and textile chemicals produced in the U.S. are tested. Call for tour information.

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American Village Park

  • 4703 American Dr
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 560-4355
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Includes grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, small shelters, and water fountains.

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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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212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
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