Are you a homeschooler in Durham? There is so much to do in the city that homeschooling in Durham can be a different educational adventure everyday. Homeschoolers in Durham have a ton of opportunities available to them whether for educational field trips or to help you research and learn more about the area you live in.
If you’re looking to enhance your Time4Learning homeschool curriculum, give your child a different perspective on a new topic, or just get out of the house, this page is full of ideas for things to do and places to visit.
Eno River State Park
Visitors can hike a number of trails, paddle or fish on the Eno River, or enjoy a meal at one of two picnic areas in this 4,200-acre state park. Learning opportunities are available through a number of events and programs like Waterbugs, Star Party, and Turtle Talk & Walk. Not to be missed is the suspension foot bridge on the Cox Mountain Trail. Learn more: https://www.ncparks.gov/eno-river-state-park
Duke Lemur Center
Located at Duke University, this 85-acre sanctuary is the largest sanctuary of its kind, home to rare and endangered prosimian primates. Potential visitors must schedule a tour as all tours are by appointment only. Tours and programs include Walking with Lemurs, Lemurs Live! and Behind the Scenes. Homeschoolers should check out the new Lemur Learning Homeschool Academy. Learn more: http://lemur.duke.edu
(Duke Lemur Center Tour photo by bnilsen, CC BY 2.0)
Home of the largest surrender of the American Civil War, Bennett Place was the site where surrender negotiations took place which officially ended the fighting for 89,270 soldiers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Guiding tours are available as well as other educational programs for homeschoolers. Learn more: http://www.nchistoricsites.org/bennett/
Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area
With over 190 acres of land, visitors can explore several trails, try their luck at fishing or enjoy a picnic. Ranger-led programs are available so that homeschoolers can learn about the natural area, including the Occaneechi Indian Tribe who built a village here during the 1600s. More info: https://www.ncparks.gov/occoneechee-mountain-state-natural-area
(Occoneechee Mountain photo by Lesley Looper, CC BY 2.0)
If this is your first time homeschooling or if you’re new to homeschooling in Durham, Time4Learning recommends visiting the North Carolina Department of Education website for information and specifics on the legal requirements for homeschooling in North Carolina.