The Visitors Center is the ideal starting point to learn about Hunting Island. The building is centrally located in the park just past the entrance gate and was designed to complement the natural surroundings. Office space for the knowledgeable and helpful park staff is located in the Visitors Center.
The approach to the center is an elevated boardwalk over a small, weed-filled, duck pond. You may discover an alligator sunning on the banks.
The main room has an exhibit that shows the eight ecosystems that make up the park: the ocean, the beach, the dunes, the lagoon, the marsh land, the salt marsh, the maritime forest, and the fresh water wetlands. There is also an exhibit honoring the Civilian Conservation Corps that built two bridges to the then-isolated Hunting Island between 1938 and 1942 under extremely difficult conditions. Check out the diorama of the lighthouse compound and a lighthouse keeper’s uniform on display.
The Visitors Center is at the junction of many park trails. The trails are designed for both hikers and bikers who can enjoy the views of the lagoon or the maritime forest.
The Friends of Hunting Island was instrumental in creating many exhibits and in helping with the landscape of the Visitors Center.
We need only two things to provide the services and projects you see described on this website: your participation and your tax-deductible membership fees. For one $40 membership contribution, you and your family can join Friends of Hunting Island and have unlimited access to the park for one year. All members are encouraged to participate in any of our on-going projects. If you do not wish to join, but want to donate to our efforts, click here to make a tax-deductible donation to the Friends of Hunting Island.