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

The trails and the nature playscape at NCMNS Contentnea Creek  are open to the public from 10am through 2pm on Saturdays.

At 11am on each Saturday we will feature a special in-person event for you to explore, learn, and enjoy the natural world.

Space is limited for these events. Click the images to start your registration. 

Guided Trail Hikes

On the fist Saturday of each month take a relaxing walk in nature. Learn tips and tricks for identifying 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. These trail hikes can be enjoyed families of any size and age.

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.

Catch Saturdays

On the fourth Saturday of the month, we open our ponds for catch and release fishing from 10-2. At 11, we will offer a new program on pond aquatic life. All programs are geared to elementary-aged students. A fishing pass is $5 and includes the cost of the program. Bring your own fishing equipment.



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- October kayaking is available each Saturday in one of our shallow ponds. Its the prefect experience for bigginers and kids. Check our event calander 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! 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