Reserve staff document and protect cultural resources, including prehistoric and historic artifacts and settlement sites. A new GIS-based cultural resource database has been created for all data related to the Reserve's cultural sites. This database will allow for easier updating of data and for easier access for researchers needing information. In order to assess, interpret and protect the vast range of cultural resources on Reserve lands, staff will continue to initiate, facilitate or conduct targeted research. Research examples include the recent survey of the northern half of the reserve and the new database creation. Updated data will serve as the basis for developing a comprehensive cultural resources management plan.
Interested in visiting a cultural site in the Reserve? Check out the second floor exhibits and the Snail Trail at the Environmental Learning Center or the Trails Through Time at the end of Shell Island Road. Learn more about this area's past on the History Mystery boat tour.