Visitors and friends who discovered the museum in 1987 have shared its remarkable growth. A new gift shop was opened in 1989, and the old gift shop became display space. In 1991, a spacious pavilion was constructed on the nature trail, and in 1992, Hurricane Emily brought more than three feet of water through the facility. Recovery from Emily was challenging, but in 1995, a two story addition was built, providing a research facility, preparation areas, expanded storage space and the opportunity to convert the old gift shop into a natural history center!
In 2005, the museum underwent another major renovation, relocating the gift shop, creating a small book store, and adding more than a thousand square feet of new display room. A small observation room overlooking the bird yard was added to the Natural History Center, and a floating dock was constructed on the nature trail.
In 2010, a section of the nature trail was “re-designed” to create a dance circle under the trees. The new circle was created to debut with the 12th Annual Inter-Tribal Powwow, Journey Home, and the 1st Annual Living History weekend, Dancing Moccasins.