Museums / Visitor Centers

Visitor Centers are located on many of our public land recreation sites for your comfort and convenience. These Visitor Centers often provide excellent educational opportunities, featuring exhibits, demonstrations, and interpretive guides who can answer questions and enhance your enjoyment of the site.

Visitor Centers may serve as focal points for special events or naturalist activities. For specific information regarding Visitor Centers including programs offered, center hours, and facilities offered, please contact the recreational site directly.

Find Recreation Areas with Museums / Visitor Centers

What do we mean by Museums / Visitor Centers ?

RecML, the recreation standard that is being developed, describes museums / visitor centers as:

museums , visitor centers, on-site locations that teach about the recreation area or location

Practice Good Stewardship of our Public Lands:

You can help to take good care of our public lands so that others may enjoy these areas for years to come by practicing some of the following actions:

Don't Litter... take along a trash bag or other receptacle for collecting your trash so that you can deposit it in the proper trash receptacle.

Make sure that you follow the verbal or posted directions by local staff so that you can both enjoy and respect the exhibits and activities at the museum or visitor center. Don't take anything away and don't leave anything from your visit to the great outdoors.

Don't wander into areas where access is restricted. These areas have been declared "off limits" to protect wildlife, vegetation, or for your safety.

Safety While Attending Museums / Visitor Centers:

  • Stay on the designated paths or trails when nature walking or viewing exhibits
  • Pay attention to the exhibits and / or staff... you can gain valuable information about the area and any possible natural hazards!
  • Do not feed or take home any wildlife you may encounter
  • Bring along extra safety items such as water, flashlights, maps, and a cellphone or radio
Photo-Museum\Visitor Center
photo courtesy of the Forest Service Mendenhall Glacier Center in Alaska
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