You may have visited Nature Collector’s Garden in Mr. Eric’s front yard at 1003 South Elmwood (Oak Park, Illinois). This week we are running a different sort of program for children who collect rocks, minerals, fossils, and sea life. It’s called Nature Collector’s Swap Shop, because children trade for their natural history specimens instead of picking them up off the ground.
This summer, children trade points for specimens. Since it’s been a tough year so far, children (and teachers!) get 50 FREE POINTS to spend at the Swap Shop. They can trade those points for rocks, minerals, fossils, sea life, and more.
Here’s a photo gallery that shows some of what’s available at the Swap Shop this summer:
It’s all self-serve and honor system, but parents may need to help younger children add up their points. (In any other year, children would trade with natural things they found on their own, but this year is different.)
Again, Nature Collectors Swap Shop is set up at Mr. Eric’s house at 1003 South Elmwood, in Oak Park, Illinois, from June 15 through June 20. The Swap Shop will usually open by 7 a.m. and close sometime after sunset. We may have to close for a couple of hours if it rains. (We should only be so lucky….) Mr. Eric will restock the drawers as needed but will usually be busy bird watching or inside his house.
Of course, Nature Collector’s Garden is also open. You can take home five things from the garden every day. But you only get one chance to spend 50 points at the Swap Shop.