Location & Directions

Cool Springs Education Center

Weyerhaeuser's Cool Springs Environmental Education Center provides a real-world, hands-on learning opportunity of forestry, ecology and environmental issues. This outdoor classroom is located on 1,700 acres of forestland along the Neuse River, about six miles from New Bern, North Carolina.

Weyerhaeuser began operating in North Carolina in 1957, and continues to play an active part in the state's economy and environment. In addition to Cool Springs, Weyerhaeuser operates wood products mills and manages more than 500,000 acres of timberland in North Carolina. Cool Springs is actively managed as a working forest to demonstrate forestry practices, while maintaining and enhancing wildlife habitat, air quality, water quality, as well as aesthetic, recreational and historical values.

With virtually every forest ecotype of eastern North Carolina represented, we offer many activities and programs as well as workshops and special events to learn how the environment and forestry work together.

Directions

Cool Springs is located near the community of Askin, between Vanceboro and New Bern on US 17 in Craven County.

From New Bern area:

  • Take U.S. Hwy. 17 North from New Bern

  • Continue on U.S. 17 North through New Bern, crossing the Neuse River and into Bridgeton

  • Continue on U.S. 17 North for approximately 8 miles to Askin

  • At Askin, make a left onto Askins Brick Road (Askins Grill / General Store and Mallard gas station will be on the right)

  • Go straight for 2.6 miles to entrance

From Kinston/Goldsboro area:

  • Take U.S. Hwy. 70 East to exit 411 (N.C. Hwy. 43 North)

  • Continue on N.C. 43 North for 10.8 miles

  • Make a right onto U.S. 17 South and continue for 2.5 miles to Askin

  • Make a right onto Askins Brick Road (Askins Grill / General Store and Mallard gas station will be on the left)

  • Go straight for 2.6 miles to entrance

From Greenville/Washington/Vanceboro area:

  • Take U.S. Hwy. 17 South from Vanceboro

  • Go past rest area on right and through stop light and continue for approximately 3 miles to Askin

  • Make a right onto Askins Brick Road (Askins Grill / General Store and Mallard gas station will be on the left)

  • Go straight for 2.6 miles to entrance

If you're interested in plants, animals and their habitats, we encourage you to plan a trip to Cool Springs soon!

Contact

945 Cool Springs Road, Ernul, NC 28527

Point of Contact: Pamela Fenton

Office: 252-633-7101 Cell: 252-617-3811

e-mail: info@coolsprings.org

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