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Prairie Ridge Ecostation for Wildlife Learning
1671 Gold Star Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 707-8878
Cathy Fergen
Park Description


Prairie Ridge Ecostation is the field station for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. It includes 45 acres of Piedmont prairie, ponds, a stream, an arboretum of native trees, and sustainable building features integrated with a wildlife-friendly landscape. Visitors are welcome to walk the trails, visit the Nature Neighborhood Garden of native plants, and enjoy the “natural play” area during posted hours. Special green features include a green garden pavilion roof, rainwater collection systems, solar panels and a wind turbine. A special feature of the pond area is an enclosed bird blind with seating. A variety of educational programs and events are offered throughout the year. Information about these events and other features of Prairie Ridge may be found on the website:


A public restroom is available just outside the entrance to the main room of the outdoor classroom building. Jogging strollers should be fine on the natural surface trails. No pets, picnicking, alcoholic beverages, or smoking allowed. A bike rack is provided at the entrance. Please leave plants, animals and minerals as you find them.

Prairie Ridgeis located at 1671 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh, N.C.  27607, across from the National Guard Armory.  Map


Hours of Operation: Monday–Saturday: 9:00am–4:30pm Sunday 12noon-4:30pm

Fees: No entry fees for this park
Metro Region: Triangle, NC
Park Management: State

Benches   Bike Racks   Flower Gardens   Nature Reserve   Open Space   Parking   Pond/Stream/Lake   Restrooms   Shelter/Pavillion   Special Features   Trails, Natural Surface   Wildlife Viewing