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.
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.
Local handmade crafts, souvenirs, gifts, drinks, and snacks are available for purchase. We only accept cash or check, but there is an ATM located in the shop for customer convenience. The ATM only requires a small fee of $2.
Donations and purchases help our park maintain and grow to further help our community.
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:
Groups of 20+ must book a private planetarium show. Available with full morning bookings and separetly at 3pm.
Choose a date that is ideal for your calendar.
Please book at least a month in advance, dates fill up fast!