The Museum’s Contentnea Creek location features 380 acres of Bray Hollow Conservancy lands in southern Pitt County just waiting for you to explore. With a variety of ecosystems and wildlife, the adventure is real. A Time For Science offers many options when it comes to engaging with nature; from camping and kayaking, to field trips and public events. Come out and explore your Naturehood!


Nature Saturdays

Visit NCMNS Contentnea Creek on Saturdays from 10am-2pm for outdoor family adventures in nature. Learn to kayak, hike the trials, and play in nature.

Enjoy Contentnea Creek’s 1.5 miles of looped trails trough pounds, woodlands, and wetlands.

Trail Hikes

Explore the flora and fauna in the woodlands, wetlands, and ponds at NCMNS Contentnea Creek. Keep a look out for the common wildlife like the great blue heron and white tail deer

Public Kayaking

Learn to kayak in one of our shallow ponds. It’s the prefect experience for beginners and kids. Kayaking is available each Saturday from April – July.

Nature Play

Kids can have some good old fashion fun climbing on fallen down trees and hop from tree stump to tree stump all in the Nature Playscape.


NCMNS Contentnea Creek offers a variety of kayaking experiences during the spring, summer, and autumn months.

Located in Grifton adjacent to the Contentnea Creek, we have a verity of wetlands and water ways to explore. From easy paddles in a shallow pond for beginners to long excursions down the Contentnea Creek for a more experienced paddlers.

All rentals include life jackets, paddles. Reservations are subject to availability, so it is never too early to register! 

Full Moon Paddle

Enjoy the beauty of the full moon with a night time paddle. Paddle in one of our charming ponds and roast marshmallows by the fire.

Public Kayaking

During the warmer months from April – July kayaking is available each Saturday in one of our shallow ponds. Its the prefect experience for beginners and kids. Check our event calendar to register.

Explore Contentnea Creek

In the Fall and Spring adventure down the Big or Little Contentnea. Explore the waterways and see wildlife.  

Primitive Camping

Book a primitive campsite on the Little Contentnea Creek or near one of our many ponds. These camp sites are great for fishing and being under the stars.

Start booking now!

Camping provides you and your family with a unique opportunity to reconnect and spend time together. Cooking over the fire, telling stories under the stars and hitting the trails together strengthens bonds and gives everyone a chance take part.


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The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources