Parks & Recreation

Piedmont Environmental Center

High Point, NC 27265
336-883-8537 (fax)

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From time to time this facility will be closed due to weather, maintenance, or private events.  Other events and programs may be changed or cancelled.  Please click on the "Closings, Cancellations & Changes" tab on the left of this page for more information.

Piedmont Environmental Center provides programs and a place to learn, conserve and enjoy the natural world through hands on experiences emphasizing the interrelated and fragile nature of life. PEC's mission is to get students outside. The 11 miles of foot trails and Bicentennial Greenway pass through 376 acres of beautiful hardwood and pine forests and lakeside habitats.

Center Hours of Operation:  Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Trails Hours:  Open 7 days a week from sun up until sun down.

Picture of girl with snakeFeatures:
Educational classes for all ages, school groups and individual programs
Small animal exhibits
North Carolina Mapscape70' x 30' walk-on topographic relief map
8 miles of natural trails and access to the Bicentennial Greenway Trail Maps
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School Groups:
We offer special field experiences and classes for students from Kindergarten through High School. Teachers can contact the PEC for class details to reserve a date for their students. Maximum number of students at PEC is 75. For groups larger than 75, please look to arrange two days. PEC presents classes rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, staff Naturalists are prepared with alternative class experiences within the curriculum framework and appropriate to the attending grade level.
School Brochure K-3rd Grades, 3rd-5th Grades, Middle & High School Environmental Education Classes and Field Experiences

Current Programs

Kayak Breakfast on Belews Lake - ages 17+
December 12, 2015
7:30am-12:30p.m .  Fee:$40 per person - members; $50 per person - non-members
Deadline for enrollment: 12/9
Belews Lake is a power plant lake where water is used to cool energy-producing turbines. The heated water is returned to the lake and is much warmer than ambient air temperatures, perfect for the winter kayaker. Participants will receive instruction and then paddle 1.5 miles to a hot, shoreline breakfast. Wildlife and water quality issues are discussed around a warm fire. Instruction, guides and all equipment are provided.


High Point Parks & Recreation Department
136 Northpoint Avenue • High Point, NC 27262 • (336) 883-3469 • Fax - (336) 883-8524

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