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. 

Mission


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.

Hours


Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Trails are open daily,sunrise to sunset.

Features
  • 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. Kayak Breakfast on Belews Lake

    Piedmont Environmental Center, Saturday, December 17, 2016, 7:30am-12:30pm, ages 17+, Free Read on...
  2. Winter Nature Camp

    Piedmont Environmental Center, Thursday and Friday December 29-30, 2016, 8:30-am-4:30pm, ages 7-12, $50 for members, $75 for non-members Read on...
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