Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education

The Centennial Campus Center is located in the headquarters of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission-- a "green" building designed to limit environmental impact related to its construction and operation.  This sustainable structure is the first of its kind on campus and features:
      
  • Daylighting and energy efficiency
  • Earth-friendly building materials
  • Careful management of water and solid waste
  • Environmentally friendly landscaping
  • Active rain gardens and detention wetland
 

The Center's interior displays teach visitors about ecological succession and the role human choices play in shaping nature in the Piedmont.  The Center has an auditorium where visitors can view a 20-minute video with a timeline of changes in the Piedmont, from natural wildlife areas to suburban sprawl.  The history, exhibits, video and outside demonstration areas make the Center a great place for family or group field trips.

Visitor Information

Address:
NC State University’s Centennial Campus
1751 Varsity Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27606

Directions:
Centennial Campus is accessible from Avent Ferry Road and Centennial Parkway, and is convenient to I-40.

Download map & directions here:
    Centennial Campus Map (PDF)

    Google Map to Centennial Campus

GPS Coordinates for the Headquarters Building:
N 35° 46' 27.84"
W 78° 40' 42.21"

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:45pm
FOR WEEK DAYS FROM 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.

General Visitors and Program Participants:
Stop at the Visitor’s Booth on Varsity Drive near our building. Purchase a parking permit and park in one of the university lots shown on the map that accompanies your parking permit.

Special Needs:
Handicapped parking spaces are available in the parking deck behind our building on the top level of the deck. If you have special parking needs but do not have a handicapped parking pass, please call the Center for instructions at 707-0209.

Parking Instructions for School Buses and Vans:
If your school, childcare center or other organized group has scheduled a program with us, you will receive parking instructions from the Center’s program coordinator. Call 919-707-0205 for assistance.
Phone: 919-707-0205
Fax: 919-707-0210
Contact: Ann May, Program Coordinator

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:45pm
Admission to the exhibits and most programs are free of charge.  Pre-registration is required for all programs. Contributions to the center are gratefully accepted; a donation box is located at the information desk. Please ask at the information desk about tax-deductible gifts to the center.
The sustainable building, exhibits and classrooms fully comply with ADA accessibility guidelines.  Paved sidewalks provide viewing access to the rain gardens and a wetland. The center is connected to an accessible greenway that links various natural habitats on Centennial Campus.