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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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Little River Regional Park & Natural Area

  • Park entrance is off Guess Rd, 1 mile north of the Durham/Orange County line
  • 301 Little River Park Way
  • Rougemont, NC 27572
  • (919) 732-5505
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

With 391 acres of park and natural area developed from tobacco farmland, the Little River Regional Park & Natural Area offers ample opportunity to take in the natural beauty of Durham County. There …

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Garrett Road Park

  • 6815 Garrett Rd
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 560-4355
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

Includes fishing, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, small shelters, tennis courts, and water fountains.

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Glendale Heights Park

  • 707 W Murray Ave
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 560-4355
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

Includes greenway access and picnic facilities.

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Grant Park

  • 918 Grant St
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 560-4355
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Includes play grounds.

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Great Lawn at Durham Central Park

  • 501 Foster St, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 794-8194
  • Downtown Area

With Mt. Merrill (an ADA-accessible "climbing mound"), a skate park, the Garden of Eatin', and a total of five acres, you're sure to find your refuge for fun in the heart of Downtown Durham.

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Hamner Conference Center - North Carolina Biotechnology Center

  • 15 TW Alexander Dr.
  • Durham, NC 27709
  • (919) 541-9366
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

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Hideaway Woods

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

Hideaway Woods is a two-acre, forested learning environment featuring tree houses, a flowing streambed, and fanciful nature sculptures. Connected by rope bridges, the tree house village encourages …

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Hill Demonstration Forest Trails

  • NE Durham - Take US Hwy 501N and turn right on Moore's Mill Rd.
  • Rougemont, NC 27572
  • (919) 515-2891

Established in 1929, this 2,450-acre forest has been managed by North Carolina State University as a teaching laboratory, where students learn to survey, measure, identify vegetation, perform water …

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Hillside Park

  • 1301 S Roxboro St
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 560-4355
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

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

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Holt School Road Park

  • 4102 Holt School Rd
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 560-4355
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

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

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