STEM at the Animal Park
A specially designed scavenger hunt will act as a guide for you as you hike through our nature area, discover our exotic creatures in the Animal Park, and visit our Green Space to discover a variety of aspects of North Carolina wildlife and insects.
There will also be some hands-on activities like building a new habitat for animals using everyday objects, learning about various animal diets, and other various STEM activities relating to animal care and wildlife education. We also have our Education Room dedicated to biofacts that includes naturally shed claw sheaths, fur and whiskers from our exotics, clones (made of resin) of different exotic animal skeletons, claws and teeth, resin exotic animal poop, and even a few educational animals such as a Giant Flemish Rabbit, Corn Snakes, and a Ball Python!
The core of the Animal Park’s mission is education, which we strive to bring to life every day for the residents of North Carolina. Enjoy visiting exotic animals and participating in these fun activities. The event is FREE with admission to the Animal Park ($16 dollars for Adults, $14 for children).
The North Carolina Science Festival is the first statewide science festival in the United States. The annual month-long celebration of science brings together hundreds of community events across North Carolina each year in April. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2020, the Festival presents a unique opportunity for North Carolinians of all ages to celebrate and engage with science. The Festival is presented by the Biogen Foundation and produced by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information, visit www.ncsciencefestival.org.
Need to Know Before You Go
Accessibility, Safety, and Pets
The Animal Park is not wheelchair accessible; however, accessibility accommodations are available for visitors with mobility issues. Please note that we do not allow unauthorized vehicles, including scooters or motorized wheelchairs, in the park. You can find more information about disability accommodations and handicapped access in the Tour FAQ on our Plan Your Visit page. Please note that strollers are also not permitted in the park.
If you are planning to visit the Animal Park, please take a moment to review and complete our online tour waiver. If you would like, you can also download and print the waiver and photography release forms to fill out and complete prior to your arrival. Waivers will also be available in the gift shop for visitors to complete during the check-in process.
For safety reasons, the Animal Park does not allow visitors to bring pets on site. Any visitor who brings an animal to the Park will be asked to leave immediately. We do not allow visitors to leave animals unattended in a vehicle at any time of year.