Habitat Park (scheduled re-opening in April weather permitting)
The great outdoors opens up to Museum visitors in our 2-acre outdoor exhibit. Get in touch with nature as you explore unique climbing structures, a prairie grass maze, water painting wall, solar and wind power, a sensory garden, and a 10-piece interactive sculpture trail.
- Construct using natural materials in the imagination hut
- Watch for birds and small animals
- Go on a bug hunt to find ants, worms, or insects
- Wander through winding paths to explore a 9-piece interactive sculpture collection*
- Run up and roll down the gentle berms*
- Go underground through a giant tunnel*
- Find your way through the prairie grass maze*
- Peer through binoculars to see how they change your view of the park*
- Use your senses or sight, touch, hearing, and smell to examine characteristics of plants*
- Climb and spin on unique structures*
- Paint designs with water on slate walls and watch them evaporate*
*These activities are located in Habitat Park’s outer courtyard, which may not be accessible from late fall to early spring.
Please note that Habitat Park is a weather-dependent exhibit. For safety reasons, all or part of the exhibit will close when the heat index is above 90º F, the wind chill is below 20º F, ground conditions are wet, or after dusk.
- Identify flowers and plants
- Examine colors, textures, scents, and sounds
- Demonstrate respect for the environment
- Utilize and coordinate muscles to climb
- Distinguish between man made and natural objects
Take It with You
Use the following activities to bring the education concepts from this exhibit into your home or classroom: