Exchange Nature Center (currently closed due to Hurricane Florence)

A white parrot's head

About the Nature Center

Get your hands wet investigating our salt-water touch tank filled with a variety of different coastal creatures. Explore numerous exhibits of plants and animals indigenous to North Carolina, including live venomous and non-venomous snakes, flying squirrels, talking birds, bears, bobcats and more. Venture into the cave in the lower level where you will find live turtles, nocturnal animal displays and aquariums depicting life along the full course of the Neuse River. Souvenirs are available for purchase.

Activities at the Exchange Nature Center

Salt Water Touch Tank

Our salt water touch tank provides an opportunity to see and touch a variety of coastal creatures.
A salt water tank filled with water and fish.

The Cave

The "Underground Cave" is where you will see a skunk, turtles, iguanas, frogs, crayfish, and aquariums filled with fish from the local Neuse River. Don't forget to visit the World's Most Dangerous Creature!
A small brown fox

Canoes & Kayaks

16 foot Mohawk canoes and various types of kayaks with oars/paddles and life jackets are available for use. For more information, call 252-939-3367.

Wildlife Exhibits

Mount exhibits include bears, deer, turkeys, beavers, snakes and more. You can also see live snakes, venomous and non-venomous, turtles, flying squirrels, birds and more.

Nature Trails

There are many self-guided trails located adjacent to the Neuse River near the campground.
Several people canoeing on a lake.
A small bobcat

Community Fishing Ponds & Piers

The pond is well-stocked with channel catfish through a program developed by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to encourage public access fishing in North Carolina.

Neuseway Bird Club

This club is for all types of birders and anyone with a passion for nature, All ages and skill levels are welcomed and encouraged. Bird Walks will be the second Saturday of every month meeting in the Neuseway Nature Park parking lot. Admission if free.

For more information on times and field trips, contact Bobby Cox by phone 252-939-3302 or email. You can also download a club flyer (PDF) or visit us on Facebook.