A Museum educator talks with students on a trail at Prairie Ridge Ecostatiion.


Located in west Raleigh, Prairie Ridge Ecostation is the outdoor extension of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Prairie Ridge boasts a green Outdoor Classroom, a native plant garden and arboretum, a series of ponds and vernal pools and a trail system winding through the prairie and forest.

The Nature PlaySpace is a safe, popular space for nature-based play for young children. Enjoy nature and science public programs year-round, as well as numerous opportunities to participate in real scientific research through citizen science.


Days closed 2024


1671 Gold Star Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607
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Free parking


Email: prairieridge@naturalsciences.org

Phone: 919.707.8888


Coming Soon

The Museum is currently fundraising to build the Mary Ann Brittain Education Center. This center will expand our services and amenities year-round and increase accessibility for guests with disabilities. Your donation to the Mary Ann Brittain Education Center at Prairie Ridge will allow us to reach more diverse populations and educate more guests on the importance of the natural world in our own backyard.

For more information on the Mary Ann Brittain Education Center, contact Sarah Lowder at sarah.lowder@naturalsciences.org or 919.819.3620.

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