Piedmont Environmental Center

Piedmont Environmental Center (PEC) 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.


Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Trails are open daily,sunrise to sunset.
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  • 11 miles of natural trails and access to the Bicentennial Greenway
  • Auditorium
  • Classroom
  • Educational classes for all ages, school groups and individual programs
  • North Carolina Mapscape - 70 by 30 foot walk-on topographic relief map
  • Small animal exhibits
Friends of PEC

Support Environmental Education Programs by becoming a member of "Friends of PEC."   As a member you will receive special discount rates on trips, activities and special events.  Program calendars and brochures are mailed to you giving you advanced notice of upcoming programs and activities.  Memberships are on a yearly basis. Apply today (PDF).

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.
  1. City Lakeshore Clean Sweep - A Part of Great American Cleanup

    Piedmont Environmental Center, Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9am-1pm, ages 7+, Free Read on...
  2. Plant Diversity Walk

    Piedmont Environmental Center, Sunday, May 7, 2017, 2-4pm, ages 7+, Free Read on...
  3. Wildflower Sale

    Piedmont Environmental Center, Friday, May 12, 2017, 1-5pm or Saturday, May 13, 2017, 8am-12pm, All ages, $0.75 Read on...
  4. Janes Island Chesapeak Bay Kayak Ecotour

    Janes Island State Park, Thursday-Sunday, May 18-21, 2017, Leaving at 7:30am, ages 17+, $200 for members or $240 for non members Read on...
  5. Little Leapers and Hoppers

    Piedmont Environmental Center, Monday, May 22, 2017, 9-10am, ages 4 and 5 with adults, $3 per child, adults attend free. Read on...
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