The Nature Lab is a hub of investigation where visitors of all ages can participate in real science research, learn scientific methods, and engage in hands-on activities that build their observation skills. They will learn, in other words, to see nature through new eyes.
The lab features live animals, touchable specimens, citizen science projects, and multi-media. It is a place to explore the stories "behind" the extraordinary specimens, animals, and live nature — or as we say at the Museum, the “how we know what we know.” It is a bridge between the Museum’s indoor research and collections, and our new outdoor space.
Project completion: 2013
Long-term urban biodiversity studies in the world: 1 (ours)
Chance of finding species new to science: 100 percent
“ Inspiring wonder, discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds is at the core of what we do for our visitors. What will change is that we will do those things outside. We will become, for the first time, a museum of both natural history and living nature. ”
– Dr. Jane Pisano,
NHM President and Director
We are grateful to our Institutional Partners