I can’t believe it has taken me this long, but I finally got over to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum yesterday. I was invited to preview their new exhibit, “Exploring Trees Inside and Out”. It will open to the public on Oct. 23 after a 3 year tour across the United States. More than 1 million children have already experienced this “interactive environmental education exhibit” in the country’s leading science centers, children’s museums and botanical gardens. I was particularly excited to attend with my 7 year old daughter Jaedyn, aka my little curator. She has never met a museum she doesn’t love, and nature is high on her lists of interests.
The environmental education exhibition is being presented by Doubletree Hotels and the Arbor Day Foundation, who have teamed up to encourage children to partake in an “interactive experience that combines fun and learning about trees in their natural environment”. The exhibit is 9-feet tall, 2,500 square feet large and inspires children to “understand the vital role trees play in nature, and steps they can take to conserve this essential resource right here in the city”.
Of course this is only a first step. It’s important that we parents and educators take our children out of the classroom to commune directly with nature. The Arbor Day foundation completely agrees. That’s why they are working on creating a website database that will give parents great information about excellent outdoor “playgrounds” for nature based imaginative play and exploration. We will learn more about that next year. It’s worth the wait.
In the meantime get over to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for a chance to Explore Trees Inside and Out and plant a seed of curiosity in your children that will blossom for years to come. SCIENCE ROCKS!
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