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Naturally Different

Explore and discover the wonders of nature in The Museum Backyard. Climb boulders,  build a fort, search for bugs and small critters, create mudpies, explore the water course, perform on stage, and so much more.

Meet other families and make new friends.  Enjoy being outdoors in The Museum Backyard.


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The Museum's Backyard is the place for nature exploration. Guests can BUILD an outdoor fort; SEARCH for invertebrates in the mulch pile; EXPLORE a recirculating outdoor waterway, CREATE a mudpie; OBSERVE Audubon Society's "Eyes in the Sky" birds of prey;and LEARN and PLAY in our inviting oakwoodland cooridor. The Nature Club House is also open periodically Tuesday-Sunday (see below for times and details).


Guests are invited to enjoy the Backyard during regular Museum hours. The Nature Club House is a space where guests can get hands-on with live animals, insects and specimens found in the oakwoodland.

All guests must enter through the main Admissions Office. Guests are welcome to explore the Nature Club House when it is open and staffed by a Backyard Naturalist.

Club House hours change from week to week. Hours are posted each week outside of the Admissions Office and on the deck of the Club House.

Nature Club House Hours

February 21-February 28

Monday, February 20: CLOSED

Tuesday, February 21: 10:00AM-Noon

Wednesday, February 22: 10:00AM-Noon

Thursday, February 23: 10:00AM-Noon

Friday, February 24: 10:00AM-Noon

Saturday, February 25: 10:00AM-1:00PM

Sunday, February 26: 10:00AM-1:00PM

Monday, February 27: CLOSED

Tuesday, February 28 : 10:00AM-Noon


Practice your Naturalist skills and check out one of our Nature Exploration Packs from the Curiosity Lab to use in the Museum Backyard. Adults will be asked to leave a photo ID with the Naturalist upon check-out.


Birding Pack: Spot the birds of the Backyard. Pack comes with bird identification guide, notepad and binoculars.

Invertebrate Pack: Rummage through the SEARCH pile and find invertebrates. Pack comes with magnifier, trowel, invertebrate identification guide, collection cup and notepad.

Creek Pack: Explore Mission Creek. Pack comes with aquatic invertebrate guide, collection cup and net.


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