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, 9:00am-5:00pm
  • 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. Halloween Safari

    Piedmont Environmental Center, Wednesday -Saturday, October 26-October 29, 2016, 7pm-9pm, All ages, $4 for person over 5 years old, $1 for child under 5 years old Read on...
  2. Camping, Kayaking and Wildlife: Exploring the ACE Basin and Charleston

    Piedmont Environmental Center, Thursday-Sunday November 3-6, 2016, Leaving 8am and Returning at 6pm, ages 17+, $240 for members, $280 for non-members Read on...
  3. Fall Tree Hike

    Piedmont Environmental Center, Sunday, November 20, 2016, 2pm-4pm, ages 7+, Free Read on...
  4. Early Winter Birding

    Piedmont Environmental Center, Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7am-9am, ages 14+, $3 for members, $5 for non-members Read on...
  5. Kayak Breakfast on Belews Lake

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