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!


Guided Trail Hikes

All Trail hikes are catered toward Elementary and Middle school-aged students, but can be enjoyed by families of any size and age.

Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable, safe footwear for hikes.

$5/participant for New Years and Tree ID hikes. Facemasks are required. 


JANUARY 2, 2020

New Year's Hike

Start out 2021 with a relaxing walk in nature. We'll take a 1.3 mile loop around some of the most popular trails at NCMNS at Contentnea Creek. Enjoy a guided hike through the property and start your new year off right. Our themed trail hikes will encourage you to view the trails and local habitats in new and exciting ways. 

JANUARY 16, 2020

Mornings with Mother Nature

On the third Saturday of each month, we’ll be joined by Mother Nature herself, Mrs. Nancy Bray. During this FREE program participants will enjoy a different engaging science lesson in nature each month, designed to get students and their parents thinking creatively about the world around them.

JANUARY 23, 2020

Winter Tree ID Trail Hike

Learn tips and tricks for winter identification of common trees in the woodlands and swamps of eastern NC. Explore and discuss the flora and fauna in the woodlands, wetlands, and ponds on our 400 acres. This 1/2 mile, guided trail hike involves plenty of observations including bark and leaf rubbings for you to take home!   


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 the Contentnea Creek for a more experienced paddlers.

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

Public Kayaking

During the warmer months kayaking is available each Saturday in our shallow pond. Prefect for bigginers and kids.

Explore Contentnea Creek

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

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.

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! Rates as low as $10 per tent

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