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Mission Statement:

Our Backyard is an interactive outdoor exhibition that invites visitors to create and answer questions about the natural environment using all their senses. Visitors to Our Backyard will be able to observe, make and understand the connections between plants, animals, weather, water, soil and themselves to gain a more personal appreciation for their world.

The Our Backyard exhibit at the Long Island Children’s Museum is an example of how a simple idea and a small amount of money can lead to a truly immersive museum experience—one that promotes healthy behaviors by encouraging children and their families to explore, learn about and appreciate the natural world. This outdoor exhibit promotes healthy lifestyles as it encourages visitors to explore a natural environment with their whole bodies and
all five senses.

This online resource is designed to assist those interested in the creation of outdoor exhibits/learning environments. By sharing our experience we hope to expand children’s access to and interest in the natural world.

Our Backyard Awards & Recognition: 2009 MetLife Foundation and Association of Children's Museums Promising Practice Replication Award, 2008 Garden Crusader Award, 2008 Nature Explore Classroom Certification, and 2008 MetLife Foundation and Association of Children's Museums Promising Practice Award.

Our Backyard Replication Toolkit is made possible by MetLife Foundation and Association of Children’s Museums Promising Practice Replication Award