The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster is a local gem in its own right – curating exhibits, maintaining collections and providing education and information about the Cape’s natural world, but the over 400 acres of conservation land and trails surrounding the Museum are also something very special, and truly make it “Cape Cod’s Nature Place.”
The John Wing Trail will take you across the salt
marsh, through meadows and woodlands on the beach along the tidal flats and Cape
Cod Bay between two creeks. The walk which is suitable for all ages not only
offers incredible views but also many spots to stop and take a few peaceful moments
to smell the salt air, appreciate the sounds of the wildlife that inhabit the
area. You will also encounter unusual things of interest like the stone solar
calendar which demonstrates how Native Americans might have kept track of the
seasons throughout the year.
In season naturalists guide Family Field Walks on weekdays and Sundays, and will point out many of the interesting ecological features and explain the natural and human developments that have shaped our fragile land from geological times to the present. But hiking the area unguided is always an option as the museum has placards throughout the area describing what you will see and hear on your explorations.