This free program runs September – May.
• Saturdays 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
• Sundays 1:30 – 3:30 pm
• Mondays of school holidays for Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
NOTE! May 5 – 6 weekend: Exploration Station will be CLOSED the first weekend of May during the Plant Sale. We look forward to seeing you every other weekend in May!
Docents help children and others learn through interactive displays and games in the showrooms.
New topics every month.
Drop in anytime.
2017-2018 Exploration Station Schedule
September: Habitat: Freshwater
From puddles and ditches to lake and swamps, freshwater habitats cover 20% of the earth’s surface and account for 3% of the available water on earth. This habitat provides us with more than half of our drinking water. Countless number of plants and animals also depends on it to live. Come and learn about the many different freshwater habitats.
October: Plant Defense
From sticky sap to prickly thorns, plants used many methods to deter unwanted predators and ensure their survival. Let’s take a look at these natural defensive mechanisms and learn how humans have adapted and used them to benefit ourselves.
November: Urban Wildlife
From squirrels to raccoons, from rats to pigeons, there are many animals we encounter daily in an urban environment. How have they been able to thrive in such an unlikely climate? Let us learn about the neighbors we love to hate and why we never invite them into our homes.
December: World Spices
This precious commodity not only inspired the search for the new world, it played a major role in many world conflicts and it’s something we cannot live without in our kitchen. What not everyone knows is that all these spices come from plants grown in all parts of the world. We will travel the globe and learn about this precious commodity.
January: Habitat: Rainforest
It has been called the lungs of the planet. While producing the oxygen needed for all living things, it also absorbs carbon dioxide. The rain that falls in abundance maintains the water cycle. The numerous animals and wildlife it supports helped to sustain humans throughout history. Found on all continents, except Antarctica, the rainforest provides a fascinating look into our own survival.
February: The Great Bird Count
The great diversity of birds provides a glimpse into of the health of our environment. Let’s learn about our feathered friends and join bird watchers nationwide as they take a census of our friends in the sky.
March: Buzz Bees Buzz
Bees are the most underrated workers in the natural world. Many of the foods we eat are dependent on bees, so let us take a look at bees and their role in keeping our plants healthy and productive.
Money doesn’t grow on trees but chocolate does and that’s a reason to celebrate. Come see how the world’s most popular confection is transformed from an odd looking fruit to delicious delights.
May: Plants We Wear
From paper to cloth, plants provide the fibers that we use every day. From cotton to linen we will see how plants are transformed into beautiful and useful everyday products.