The Nature Center at the Center for Wildlife
Nature Center Features
A life size replica of a tree as the centerpiece of the room
A community created library and reading area that will carry nature inspired books for all ages to enjoy and be enriched by. This area will promote literacy through a book nook or nest and quiet reading-together activities to be enjoyed individually or alongside peers and families. We would love to accept your donation of books or you can visit our wish list here
A Scent Station and hands on bio-parts such as foot replicas, pelts, and skulls, will allow for hands on learning and use of senses to create knowledge, connection and memories
Our Mini-Medical Clinic will allow our community members to role play and care for wild (stuffed animal) patients, looking at x-rays and wrapping legs and wings with vet wrap. Dramatic play and use of imagination as well as is an incredibly powerful mode of learning for all ages allowing for children to “try on” a variety of roles and perspectives
Our Dress Up Area provides a social play setting that will include custom created costumes and props such as wings, tails, feet, and ears for children (and adults!) to dress up in and become some of the wild animals that we see at the Center. By stepping into these costumes, our community members will be able to put themselves in the place of the animal, creating empathy through copying movement and actions.
Our Vernal Pool Exhibit will help our community to practice the gentle exploration of a rich habitat that is often overlooked and undervalued. Learning about the hidden communities of wildlife that share these fragile ecosystems and how unique and fascinating they are as well as how they add to the health of our environment and ourselves will bring these “puddles” and their importance to life. For an added auditory experience, the chorus of wood frogs and other species found by vernal pools will also be incorporated.
Community Need and Goals
Nature Centers have been connecting people to their environment since 1920 when the first one opened in Yellowstone. Our nature center will offer an up close and personal opportunity to interact with wildlife and the environment, and will spark or re-ignite curiosity, passion, and stewardship toward local ecosystems for our community. As development of natural spaces increases, so does a need for and desire to conserve and protect wildlife for learning about, connecting with, and protecting the natural world. Based on current visitation, programming, and feedback from the public, we conservatively expect over 20,000 visitors within our first year.
Our Nature Center will be a gateway to learning, offering our community direct experiences with nature and through interpretation, natural science and art education. Our new facility and Nature Center have been designed to compliment the beauty and ecological uniqueness of our natural setting, snuggled at the base of Mt. Agamenticus on the seacoast in Maine and will be an incredible resource for our community and region.
We are excited to be able to begin to accept donations to our Nature Center, making this phenomenal space a truly community created resource.
Below is wishlist of items for the nature center.
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Acorn Naturalist items
Salamander egg replica
Wooden frog percussion
Natural stacking toy
Microscope and slide
Tubs for storage