In 2012 we partnered with Trails Carolina and the Academy at Trails Carolina to form the Trails Science Program.
At Trails Science our goal is to renew our students connections with a childhood curiosity in how the world works, and to impart positive interests and constructive reasons to get excited and inspired again about science and the natural world we are all part of.
Our unique, hands-on, environmental and applied science programs and projects have real purpose and goals that serve to give our students the chance to step outside the box, and take the steps to make lasting, positive change in their lives in order to create a "new normal" in themselves and in their relationships with friends, famly members, and the world around them.
In class, our students learn, build, and are inspired by directly contributing to lasting wildlife, ecology, nature conservation, and renewable energy projects that work to make their lives and their world, a better place.
The Science & Nature Center. Our science and nature center classroom is located on the beautiful, wooded, campus of The Academy at Trails Carolina adjascent to DuPont Forest, NC. In this rustic, log cabin science lab we host a variety of tame animals that are former pets and rescues that we have adopted as education animals. Some of our animals are rehabilitated wild animals that cannot be released for a variety of reasons.
Both Trails Carolina and The Academy at Trails Carolina students work with naturalist "Science" Steve as they call him, to care for these animals during scheduled class time. This hands-on, one on one care of our resident animals leads to a deeper inquisitiveness which fosters a greater level of understanding and respect with many students often forming bonds with the animals that frequently lead to amazing changes and personal growth within the students.
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