The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is located in Brewster, about 10 miles from hotels along Rt.28. The museum was founded in 1954, and has been a fantastic institution for education on Cape Cod’s unique natural environment. Best of all, most of the displays and activities in the museum are designed for families or children and provide a link between discovery and learning. The museum is housed on its own 80-acre site and is conveniently surrounded by 320 acres of protected conservation land.
There are two floors of exhibits about the plants and animals of Cape Cod, including exhibits on whales, indigenous birds, and coastal change, and several viewing tanks featuring different species of crustaceans, mollusks, fish, frogs, turtles and snakes. Several displays are interactive and again perfect for children.
Three nature trails can also lead visitors through woodlands, salt marshes, the shore of Cape Cod Bay, and guided field walks are provided daily in the summer (as well as on a less frequent basis for the rest of the year). Lectures and workshops on natural history topics are offered year round as well, and there are special programs for children, including school vacation programs and KidSummer, a summer program for children interested in science and nature.
Along with the museum, the nearby Bird Banding Station has been in operation since September 2000. The station is sponsored by the Museum and is on a expansive salt marsh and conservation land. Over 158 species of birds utilize the land and the surrounding waterways, and the bird banding station helps monitor progress and health of the local species. Here, banding demonstrations are given to the public from May through October, and are quite exciting for older kids looking for an environmental experience.