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Nature Exchange Museum

Now featured in Curiosity Lab
(Runs February 3 through 2018)

Nature Exchange is an ongoing program originated by Science North and being offered at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History's Curiosity Lab through 2018.

Through Nature Exchange, guests can bring in natural objects* from their personal collections and/or found in nature. Guests then share knowledge about their objects and trade them for points. Points can be spent or saved and ultimately traded in for special objects found in our special trading case found in Curiosity Lab.

How Nature Exchange Works:

Each guest can bring one natural object* discovered in nature or from their personal collection for each visit.

The guest will share information with a Naturalist about the specimen and fill out a trading form indicating where the object is from, when it was collected and by whom.

The Naturalist will assign a point value for the session. Exchangable items in the Nature Exchange trading case have varying point values. Guests can use awarded points immediately or bank their points.

Points can also be earned by doing research in the Curiosity Lab or the Museum Library.

Points Are Awarded Based On:

  • Information: what you know about the natural object.
  • Uniqueness: what makes your object special?
  • Quality: is the object in a clean/good condition?

What Can Be Traded?:

You can trade natural objects* like rocks, shells, pine cones and fossils. We also award points for leaving items in nature and bringing in pictures with information.

What Cannot Be Traded?:

* Current wildlife regulations prohibit individuals from possessing:

  • Bird bones, feathers, nests or eggs.
  • Any marine mammal material including bones.
  • Living animals or plants.
  • Recently deceased animals or animal bones with flesh/fur attached.
  • Objects modified by people or cultural artifacts.
  • Any natural objects from the property of Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and BaseCamp.
  • No items are allowed from federal lands (e.g. National Parks, Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management property).
  • Anything from State Parks except for rocks (not fossils).

For more information about Nature Exchange, call one of our Curiosity Lab Naturalists at 805-682-4711 ext. 169.



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