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

Backyard Composting for Beginners - ages 18+
March 19, 2016
9-11am  Deadline for enrollment: 3/17
Learn how to put scraps and yard waste to work in your garden. Composting is a simple way to recycle organic materials and will provide nutrients to your soil, flowers and vegetables. We will demonstrate different methods to compost in your backyard as well as the guidelines to producing healthy compost.


Bark, Buds, Leaf Scars and More: Tree Identification in Winter - ages 7+
February 20, 2016
8-10am  Deadline for enrollment: 2/19
Do you know that buds and leaf scars, among other characteristics, offer many clues in identifying trees in winter? Join us for a hike on the forest trails to look closely at distinctive identifying features of trees and discuss their many uses, biology and natural history. Families with children 7 and up are welcome to participate. Please come prepared to walk in the woods.


Leap Camp - ages 7-12
February 29, 2016
GCS has scheduled 2/29/16 as a makeup date due to weather. Therefore, this program has been cancelled.


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

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