Calkins Nature Swap Shop

Chris Barber, interpretive manager at Calkins Nature Area, holds a large Bison leg bone. Staff members at the facility are preparing to open the Calkins Nature Swap Shop, which allows youngsters the chance to find artifacts, build points and trade them for an item in the store.

Chris Barber compares the new Calkins Nature Area Swap Shop to the experience of accumulating tickets at an arcade or a county fair. The more you earn, the better your prize will be.

While Calkins' interpretive center and museum remain closed to the public due to COVID-19, staff members have been busy collecting items for the shop, which will encourage people to get outside and look for artifacts that will be assigned point totals. Guests can then use those points to swap out the item for a prize in the swap shop.

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Bones, fur, rocks and minerals are just some of the items that will be available when the Calkins Nature Swap Shop opens to the public at some point in the future. Staff members are unsure when the store will open due to COVID-19.

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