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Learn something new… Share your time and talents with others… Give back to the community… Make new friends… The reasons for volunteering are many. Catawba Science Center relies on volunteers to help promote its mission of science education. If you are interested in assisting in one of these areas, or if your skills could benefit the Catawba […]

Outreach Programs

Catawba Science Center offers hands-on enriching opportunities for learners of all ages to further science literacy in the community. Public programs include workshops, hikes, trips, demonstrations and events with live animals. For more information or to make a reservation:   (828) 322-8169, ext. 301


Unique among aquariums in Western NC, Catawba Science Center offers fresh and saltwater aquarium galleries for visitors to explore. The saltwater aquarium gallery features a shark and stingray touch pool and daily shark feedings, in addition to a marine touch pool with hermit crabs and other species native to coastal Carolina. Catawba Science Center’s Expedition […]


Looking for fun and educational things to do in Hickory and Western NC? Plan a visit to Catawba Science Center, a 35,000 sq. ft. science technology children’s museum offering hands-on exhibits, salt and freshwater aquarium galleries, and a state-of-the-art digital planetarium theater. Learn about exotic fish, turtles, snakes and other species found in the Amazon […]


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Catawba Science Center, located in Hickory, provides fun for all ages, and is within
a short drive from Morganton, Statesville, Lenoir, Lincolnton, and Western NC.

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phone (828) 322 8169 • fax (828) 322 1585