Merchants Millpond State Park
The 760-acre millpond is more than 190 years old and has developed into complex, mature ecosystems. Students will learn about the diverse habitats and wildlife that live here when they visit the park.
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One of North Carolina’s rarest ecological communities, Merchants Millpond State Park is a unique mingling of coastal pond and southern swamp forest. A wide variety of plant and animal life offer an excellent natural experience. At its upper end lies Lassiter Swamp, "an ecological wonderland containing remnants of an ancient bald cypress swamp, and the eerie enchanted forest of tupelo gum whose trunks and branches have been distorted into fantastic shapes by mistletoe." A variety of reptiles, amphibians, and mammals such as beaver, mink and river otter make their homes here.
Interpretive programs on the park’s cultural and natural history are conducted throughout the year. Contact the park office at (252) 357-1191 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an exploration for your group or class.
Educational materials about Merchants Millpond State Park have been developed for grades 4-6 and are correlated to North Carolina’s competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts. The Merchants Millpond program introduces students to basic animal characteristics, focusing on the beaver. Majors concepts covered include adaptation, habitat, beaver-human similarities, animal signs and stewardship. Accompanying the program is a teacher’s booklet and workshop, free of charge to educators.
The North Carolina State Parks website offers a search feature for finding the plants and animals that can be found at each state park. Using the drop-down menus, you can choose a park and either an amphibian, bird, reptile, mammal, fungus, insect, or vascular plant. You can search within each group by family, scientific name, or common name. There are photographs from the state parks and fun facts for some of the species.View Larger Map