The Wild Place


The Wild Place!

Be sure to visit the newly revamped Wild Place, the Museum’s outdoor adventure center. The Wild Place is meant to help children connect to nature and encourages safe healthy play, exploration, creativity and most importantly learning. The new Wild Place has different areas for the kids to interact with nature while they learn.

What’s There To Do?

The Climbing Area offers a great lookout spot. Can you find Shovelshop Pond? Sometimes you’ll see ducks
swimming in the water!

The Messy Area features lots of “loose parts” which expand the opportunities for learning; children have more choices for building, creative thinking, and problem-solving.

Embrace the mess in our newest area, The Nature Kitchen. This spot allows children to experience nature on another level. How about making a pot of soup full of leaves, twig bits and acorn caps?

The Music Area allows for all ages to investigate sounds and express themselves through movement. Make up a song and perform some snazzy dance moves as you play the various instruments.

What can you discover in the Digging Area? Pretend you are a paleontologist on a dig, carefully excavating the
site for fossils. Use the small whisk broom to see what is under the mulch.

Express yourself in our Art Area. Use the foliage castings to make a rubbing, or stack natural items to create an eye-pleasing sculpture.

Come relax and listen in our Bird and Butterfly Garden. Plants like the purple coneflower attract pollinating butterflies and the wisteria vine provides nesting opportunities for small birds.

Explore the hidden Gathering Area, a perfect spot for a quiet tea party with woodland creatures.

For a printable PDF with more info and a Nature Bingo game click here

Plan Your Visit

Hours of Operation
The WildPlace is open during Museum hours from April 1 through November 30, depending on the weather. Your admission fee is valid for all day play inside the Museum as well and no pre-registration is necessary.

Food & Restrooms
We offer our visitors picnic tables both inside and outside the garden. We encourage you to pack a lunch and spend the day. To keep our garden looking nice and enjoyable for all, we kindly ask that you dispose of your trash responsibly.  In addition to trash bins, there are recycle bins for your cans and bottles.

If you prefer, there are a couple of nearby eateries within walking distance. Bill’s House of Pizza is located on Main Street, just across from Sullivan Avenue. The Farmer’s Daughter serves breakfast and lunch and is located around the corner.

There are restrooms and diaper changing tables inside the Museum.
 

The Wild Place!

Be sure to visit the newly revamped Wild Place, the Museum’s outdoor adventure center. The Wild Place is meant to help children connect to nature and encourages safe healthy play, exploration, creativity and most importantly learning. The new Wild Place has different areas for the kids to interact with nature while they learn.

What’s There To Do?

The Climbing Area offers a great lookout spot. Can you find Shovelshop Pond? Sometimes you’ll see ducks
swimming in the water!

The Messy Area features lots of “loose parts” which expand the opportunities for learning; children have more choices for building, creative thinking, and problem-solving.

Embrace the mess in our newest area, The Nature Kitchen. This spot allows children to experience nature on another level. How about making a pot of soup full of leaves, twig bits and acorn caps?

The Music Area allows for all ages to investigate sounds and express themselves through movement. Make up a song and perform some snazzy dance moves as you play the various instruments.

Express yourself in our Art Area. Use the foliage castings to make a rubbing, or stack natural items to create an eye-pleasing sculpture.

Come relax and listen in our Bird and Butterfly Garden. Plants like the purple coneflower attract pollinating butterflies and the wisteria vine provides nesting opportunities for small birds.

For a printable PDF with more info and a Nature Bingo game click here

Plan Your Visit

Hours of Operation
The WildPlace is open during Museum hours from April 1 through November 30, depending on the weather. Your admission fee is valid for all day play inside the Museum as well and no pre-registration is necessary.

Food & Restrooms
We offer our visitors picnic tables both inside and outside the garden. We encourage you to pack a lunch and spend the day. To keep our garden looking nice and enjoyable for all, we kindly ask that you dispose of your trash responsibly.  In addition to trash bins, there are recycle bins for your cans and bottles.

If you prefer, there are a couple of nearby eateries within walking distance. Bill’s House of Pizza is located on Main Street, just across from Sullivan Avenue. The Farmer’s Daughter serves breakfast and lunch and is located around the corner.
There are restrooms and diaper changing tables inside the Museum.
 

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