#DiscoverSummerNC: Get Outdoors

Monday, July 20, 2020

Have you been following the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ Discover Summer NC challenge? Each week the Department shares a different challenge for exploring an aspect of North Carolina’s history and heritage—from nature to art and music, books and reading, food, and more. Are you looking for safe and healthy ways to get outside, resources and activities for kids, or simply want to learn more about all things North Carolina? Follow the challenge and check out these resources for this week’s “Get Outdoors” challenge!

Picture of adult and child biking on a trail in the woods.

The Great Outdoors, Right in Your Own Backyard

The great outdoors can be found right in your own backyard! From art and nature activities and backyard micro-hikes for kids to backyard birding, plant and wildlife identification, and creating your own backyard wildlife habitat, check out these stay-at-home resources:

Resources for Families and Kids 

Resource Educators, Homeschoolers and Learning at Home

 NC DHHS “Wear. Wait. Wash.” graphic, depicting best practices to stay safe during COVID-19 pandemic.

The Great Outdoors, Venturing Further Afield

So many places, so little time! Whether you want to visit a local park, nature center, farmers’ market, or get further into the woods away from town traffic and city lights, North Carolina has a place to suit every interest. Some are just a stone’s throw from where you are right now. And remember during the COVID-19 pandemic to check on opening hours and other location restrictions before you head out – and use the 3 W’s.

Picture of man and little boy in tall grass by water.

Test Your Knowledge of North Carolina Nature and the Outdoors: Take a Quiz!

Do you know a North Carolina trivia buff? Have them test their knowledge of the state’s wildlife and natural areas. NCpedia has three nature quizzes written at the 5th-grade reading level for fun and learning. Not quite ready to take the challenge? Do some exploring and read up first in NCpedia, the state’s online encyclopedia.

Discover More about North Carolina!

If you would like to discover more about North Carolina, visit:


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