The Nature Exchange is a learning experience unlike any other. Students become natural history researchers as they catalogue, interpret, analyze, interact and get hands-on with nature.
- Get hands-on and explore thousands of specimens including shells, minerals, and quills,
- Use real microscopes and other scientific tools to make observations,
- Sit back and explore the universe and the land we steward through books in our Indigenous library
Note: The Trading Centre experience is not available to school groups. If you are a student, teacher, or youth group leader who would like to participate in trading, please look into the Nature Exchange Educational Program.
The Nature Exchange is a more intimate Gallery than some other spaces. To make the most of your class visit to The Nature Exchange:
- Visit in small groups
- Assist students in safely & respectfully handling real specimens and tools, like microscopes
- Encourage students to be curious and explore. The more they observe and investigate – the more they will find!
Can students touch the specimens?
Absolutely! All guests are encouraged to get hands-on and explore specimens. A few specimens are fragile, so you are asked to please respect the “do not touch” and “do not pick up” signs.
Are there still live animals in Nature Exchange?
The Nature Exchange is home to several invertebrate species and a corn snake.
Can students bring things to trade?
The Trading Centre experience is not available to school groups. If you are a student, teacher, or youth group who would like to participate in trading, please look into the Nature Exchange Educational Program.
Can students take items home?
The Trading Centre items are available for eligible traders to purchase using Nature Points. Students who are interested in trading are encouraged to return on a future trip with family or friends to participate in the program.
How do I book a trading experience for my class?
Please look into the Nature Exchange Educational Program.