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Exploration Station / Omniglobe

The Soucy Family Exploration Station invites you to look closely and listen carefully to see the birds, butterflies and plants that surround us in new ways. From the vibrant colors of a butterfly’s wing to the fleeting marks of a warbler, you can test your skills as an observer. Playful drawings by Ed Koren make this exhibit memorable and fun for all ages!

Can you recognize the songs of familiar birds as they join together in a “morning chorus?” This audio exhibit is one that you can visit again and again to hone your skills and recognize the birds that serenade your neighborhood.

Through this exhibit, we’re interested in making connections between what you observe locally and regional weather patterns. When you join the Community of Observers what you see and hear contributes to our understanding of how global climate change affects our region.

The Museum's OmniGlobe is a 60-inch diameter sphere that allows you to see patterns and trends in our planet's natural and political landscape. Study tectonic plate movement or view recent weather graphics showing systems from around the globe. Our design team developed a graphic image of the Japanese Tsunami and its global reach, which is now visible on the OmniGlobe – take a look! The OmniGlobe also has features that take you to the surface of each planet in our solar system! Explore the sands of Mars or the clouds of Jupiter!

This dynamic and fascinating tool is used by our educators to demonstrate global systems and how they are related to what we experience locally.

The Naturalists Corner is part of our Exploration Station. Bring your bugs, rocks, bones, plants and questions for our naturalists to help you understand the ecosystems, habitats and species that are in your neighborhood.