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The Nature Exchange is THE place to indulge your natural curiosity. Thousands of natural objects from around the world are waiting to be discovered and you can even take them home for your special nature collection. Learn how Here
The Nature Exchange is open during regular Chattahoochee Nature Center operating hours and is included with admission. Trading ends at 4:30 pm. CNC members can visit the Nature Exchange for free everyday.
A Rainbow of Reflections (October)
Reflection and Prisms Wall: The giant wall is back and will be the highLIGHT of activity! Prisms, mirrors, and more are available for you to explore the amazing world of light. Roy G. Biv, anyone?
Fall Outdoor Scavenger Hunt: (running September through November) Returning this quarter by popular demand, fall’s outdoor Scavenger Hunt is a fun way to explore CNC and earn NEX points! Stop by NEX to pick up your bingo card and get outside!
Recycled Animal Contest: Join in on the 4th contest – create your best BAT sculpture out of recycled objects! Plastic, paper, aluminum, and more – the more creative, the better! Entries are due September 30 and will be judged on October 1. All entries will be on display in NEX throughout October.
Get Connected! (November)
Food Chain Studies: How in the world are humans connected to sunshine? Learn about how living and non-living elements of life are connected. You can test your knowledge by making your own food chains in NEX.
Get Out: We encourage you to get out this month and connect with your natural world! Hike all of CNC’s trails and earn bonus NEX points! Wear your hiking shoes, CNC’s trails total approximately 2.5 miles.
Fall Break Activities (Occuring November 24-26): Join us for craft week at 11 AM each day, or if crafts are not your thing, you can come on in to the Cowie-Weiss Theater for the Ken Burns National Parks movie marathon, playing all day! This beautiful documentary will inspire you to get out and about this fall!
Nature Exchange Gift Wrap Central (December)
Natural Gifts: Take care of some of your holiday gift list and consider purchasing something from NEX with your points! Then, use our Natural Gift Wrap Center to wrap and decorate your gift. You’ll even learn about how some popular modern gifts have ties back to nature.
Winter Outdoor Scavenger Hunt (December – February)Winter in the south – never the same. Sometimes warm, sometimes cold, but always a mystery. Pick up a scavenger hunt from NEX and earn points as you learn about other Winter Mysteries.
Golden Pinecone Awards (January)
The Golden Pinecone Awards: Join us for CNC’s version of the Oscars! During December, cast your vote for the top animals in several categories. In January, we present the winners of each category the Golden Pinecone Award. Come see the winners!
Golden Pinecone Awards Photo Booth: Award ceremonies are a great excuse to get dressed up. Use our costumes to get decked out, step out on the red carpet, and snap a photo in our photo booth. You could pose with an award-winning animal!
For the Love of Birds (February)
All About Birds: Celebrate birds with us as you practice the ancient art of creating origami birds. We will also explore “Our Shared Forests” and learn about bird migration and habitats.
Great Backyard Bird Count: February 13-16 CNC encourages you to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count! You do not have to be an experienced birder to participate – in fact, GBBC is a great way to learn more about birds and bird conservation. Stop by NEX to pick up more information, or visit www.gbbc.birdcount.org
And don’t forget about these fun on-going activities:
Reading Rewards Program
Read your favorite books and earn Nature Exchange points at the same time! Find out how and to download a printable reading log here.
Join us for nature and science classes just for homeschool students. For more information, click here.
Watchable Wildlife Backpacks
More fun, more finds and more nature awaits you when you check out a Watchable Wildlife Backpack. Seven different themes to choose from. Learn more here.
The Nature Exchange is on Facebook
Did you know that the Nature Exchange at the Chattahoochee Nature Center has its own Facebook page? Keep up with what is happening in the Nature Exchange including new cool objects for trade, extra point opportunities and project ideas and more! Like Us Now!
Meet our Nature Exchange Naturalists
Andrew started at the Chattahoochee Nature Center as a docent when he was 16 years old. He went out into the world to learn about riparian zones and controlling rain water run-off. He brings his love and ever growing knowledge of nature to the Nature Exchange.
Brian is a proud Eagle Scout and has always been involved with the outdoors. He grew up in South Florida among the Everglades and at the beach, and was active hiking, camping, canoeing, snorkeling, scuba diving and surfing. Now after 35 years in Georgia he continues to enjoy hiking, camping, canoeing and rafting with his daughters as they grow.
Kim comes to Nature Exchange from CNC’s Education and Wildlife Departments!