Where Do Science and Nature Meet? The Backyard

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SRQ DAILY WEDNESDAY PHILANTHROPY EDITION WEDNESDAY JUL 31, 2019

If you had a yard when you were growing up, nature was probably your playground. Laying in the grass looking up at the clouds or the stars, climbing trees, listening to birds…maybe even making a rocket ship out of an old refrigerator box!

You and the kids in your life can do that again – and without having to worry about the weather! In early fall The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature opens the Mosaic Backyard Universe, a new permanent exhibition especially for kids 2 to 8 years old.

Thanks to an early leadership gift from The Mosaic Company Foundation, The Bishop is building a place where kids can explore and learn, encouraging them to experience the world around them in a place many first start learning about science and nature – the backyard.

A 30-foot-tall Mighty Oak Tree helps kids learn about tree-dwelling animals, while an ADA-accessible lift ensures everyone can enjoy the view from the Tree House-Platform. From the platform, a telescope allows a close-up view of the model of the solar system hanging from the ceiling. A Dig Pit is stocked with fossils for little hands to uncover, and live turtles inhabit a freshwater Pond just a few feet away. And that cardboard rocket from your youth got an upgrade, with short videos playing inside that provide adventures for growing minds.

At The Bishop, our backyard is your backyard. Come on over for a visit when the Mosaic Backyard Universe opens in the fall!

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