Great Bay Discovery Center: Salt Marsh
Great Bay Discovery Center: Salt Marsh System
Description: The Great Bay Discovery Center serves as the conservation-education headquarters for the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. A universally accessible trail and boardwalk allow visitors to explore a variety of habitats including upland hardwood forests, freshwater wetlands, salt marsh, and mudflats. Visitors can also stand on the deck of a 19th century gundalow replica or wander through the native gardens surrounding the center. Birders find Sandy Point an excellent location to watch for Great Bay's wintering eagle population, migratory warblers, waterfowl, and locally nesting pairs of osprey.
Several large and intact estuarine ecological systems can be seen at the Great Bay Discovery Center, including salt marsh system, sparsely vegetated intertidal system, and Appalachian oak - pine forest system.
Inside the Discovery Center, visitors are treated to interpretive exhibits about the Great Bay estuary and the amazing creatures that call it home. Children can get their hands wet in an estuarine touch tank as they learn about lobsters, horseshoe crabs, mud snails, and more! Interactive displays about salt marsh farming, salmon migration, plankton, tides and research on the bay, allow children and adults alike to learn about the estuary.
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