The Nature Nook is located in the Murray Arts Building and an inviting space where children enjoy interactive learning experiences on a variety of nature topics. This specially-designed space features hands-on activities and rotating exhibits. Visit and explore the natural world of Annmarie Garden.

The exhibit theme changes every year, but you can always find these fun stations:

Animals in Residence- We have several critters living in the Nature Nook. Come meet Cornelia (formally known as Kernal) our corn snake, Salvador and Dali our box turtles, and Sunny our map turtle. Want to join the Critter Care team? Email

 Creature Features- These temporary visitors could be anything from caterpillars to tadpoles, treefrogs or dung beetles. You never know what you'll find in this ever-changing display.

Magnification Station- Take a closer look and something in the natural world. We might feature the wing of a dragonfly or the pores of a mushroom. Use tools like magnifiers, binoculars, or microscopes to see the tiny details.

Observation Station- Located by a window overlooking our bird garden, this area invites you to look outside in the garden for learning moments. It is also a chance to connect what you are learning about inside with what you see outside.

Pretend Play zone- Let your imagination run wild! Sometimes we have a dress up moment, sometimes puppets, and sometimes we have specially selected stuffed animals as part of the exhibit. 

The Book Nook- The Book Nook features books selected specifically for the exhibit theme. It is a cozy place for families to read together. The Nook also includes a reference library for adults eager to learn more about a variety of nature and gardening topics. 


 2023 Nature Nook Exhibit: Wildlife Diets



All living things need food for energy. Their diets can be quite unique! Their food choices have to do with how the animals are built and what's available to eat.  Their teeth, mouths, and stomachs are all designed to obtain the nutrients they need to survive. What they think is delicious has everything to do with how they have adapted to their environment. In this exhibit, learn what animals like to eat and how nothing is wasted. Not even the waste! Play games, get a closer look, and have a laugh!


On display March 2023 - January 2024



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