Acquired in 1989, the museum’s nature trails wind through several acres of beautiful maritime forest. Two bridges cross a small stream, and the trails overlook a large pond that has an outlet to the sound. Throughout the trails, visitors can find plenty of labeled specimens and exhibits, open spaces with benches for resting and roped walkways wind through wooded areas. Among the many surprises of the marshland is an authentic North Carolina round-bottom shad boat (built in Dare County) that provides a glimpse of the past.
Every season brings a new opportunity to discover nature at its most beautiful. Fall foliage has splashes of color, and spring and summer trees provide soft green canopies. Winter’s quiet and russet browns blend with the deep greens to provide a magical ambiance. Visitors may occasionally spot squirrels, rabbits, turtles, or waterfowls while meandering down a trail.
Explore the fossil pile located near the maritime forest pavilion. What looks like a big table filled with sand is actually a treasure trove from deep sea dredging and is filled with sharks teeth, fossilized shells, and other fossils dating back millions of years. Available daily.
Programs for the Visually Impaired
The museum offers special programs for visually impaired individuals (VIP’s) – including nature trail walks. Roped areas and special guided tours provide a unique and educational experience for VIPs. Programs can be arranged through the museum’s education director.