Split Rock Studios has done it again for Chik-Wauk. Here is a sneak peak of the interior of the new Nature Center. Inside the Nature Center there will be 6 different stations that visitors can participate in hands-on activities to learn about nature. The goal of the Nature Center is to get visitors – especially younger visitors – comfortable with exploring nature, getting dirty, and having fun. The building ties into the existing Gunflint Trail Explorers activities. Visitors will now go on “adventures” and “expeditions” using the backpacks and bins available at the center. The 6 different learning stations are birds, mammals, water, weather, plants, and insects (I think this is Kathy Lande’s favorite station). Each station will have a Murphy style table that can fold up during presentations or placed down with benches during normal hours.
You will find in the center a book nook where visitors can grab a guide to identify a species of bird, mammal, plant, or that creepy crawly insect. You can also write down your fantastic find on the bulletin board wall.
The Nature Center will also be a nice comfortable place to come in out of the weather to listen to the special presentations that will be happening during the summer months. No more sitting out on the Chik-Wauk Museum porch on those cold rainy days. You can find the list of events that will be taking place in the Nature Center on the Chik-Wauk website at http://www.chikwauk.com/event.php. You will also be able to now print out the calendar to remind everyone coming to visit what programs will be taking place during that month. We are still doing the fabulous “Kids’ Day” programs on Tuesdays during the summer months.
There is still plenty to complete before the opening on May 28. A huge thank you needs to go out to Kathy Lande, Suzanne Weber and Sue Kerfoot for all the time and energy they have put into this project.
You will also see a new smiling face in the Nature Center.
The Nature Center will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. When you walk into the Nature Center don’t forget to look up.
I look forward to seeing you this season at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center! We will be open every day from May 28 to October 23.