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.

Our Backyard includes a gravel pit, sand pit, picnic table, weather boat, herb garden, flower ‘bed’, strawberry maze, sunflower house, evaporating art easels, vegetable garden and summertime H2Oh! water play area. All visitors must present admission tickets or a hand stamp for entry.

H2Oh! water play area is closed until summer 2019.

What You Learn:

  • Direct observation of natural forces
  • Nature advocacy through exposure
  • Seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, tasting
  • Water flow/water play
A girl using a magnifying glass to look at a plant in Museum's garden.

Children learn that vegetables are grown in a garden by picking and tasting them. The wonder of seeing a garden grow sparks questions like: why do plants need sun?

Children using shuttles and tunnels to move water in the H2Oh! Exhibit.

Water play encourages the development of eye/hand coordination through pouring, squeezing, stirring and squirting.

Our outdoor exhibit may temporarily close due to weather concerns to ensure the safety of our visitors. 

Visitor Tip

Stay dry… Save this gallery for last! Bring towels, bathing suits or a change of clothes.

Continue the Fun at Home

Go on a nature walk in your own neighborhood. Explore the outdoors using your senses. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you smell? What can you build or create using natural materials you find on your walk?

Take photographs of your favorite flora you discovered at the Museum. Can you find these plants out in your own neighborhood? 

Inspiration

Richard Louv Last Child in the Woods