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Collectors' Corner Neighborhood Trading Place

Collect • Trade • Share • Discover

pine coneLocated in your neighborhood!

Based on the successful model of the Collectors' Corner at the Science Museum of Minnesota, the museum has a Collectors' Corner Neighborhood Trading Place. It is designed to reach new audiences, create community partnerships, and provide new science opportunities.

kids at Trading PostHighland Park Library
1974 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN 55116
(651) 695-3700

How the Trading Place Works

At the Collectors' Corner Trading Place, kids of all ages can bring in natural objects and/or a journal entry, photograph, rubbings or drawings of the object, share what they know about the object with a staff person or a volunteer and earn points. The more the trader knows about the object, the more points they will earn. With the points, the trader will be able to trade for another item at the trading post or save the points for use at a later time. They can use their points at the library CCNTP or at the Science Museum of Minnesota's Collectors' Corner.

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Family Resources

  • Nature-Watch

    Nature-Watch provides educational nature products and craft activity kits designed to teach children about nature.

  • Nature Rocks

    Find the perfect outdoor activities to enjoy with your friends and family.

  • Children & Nature Network

    A resource for families and teachers focused on connecting kids with nature.

  • Salt the Sandbox

    Created by Eric Gyllenhaal—a web site for younger kids who are passionate about collecting to use together with their parents.

  • Science Games for Kids

    A huge kid-friendly science-based resource of online games, projects, videos, and more.

  • Peabody Mill Environmental Center

    Check out the science activities for kids—everything from catching snowflakes to making your first rock collection.


Quarterly Nature Collections

Quarterly Nature Collections are featured throughout the year and provide a specific collecting focus. Volunteers and collectors alike can use these resources to learn about various collectible objects.

Volunteer Resources

Volunteers Needed

We need volunteers to staff this exciting program! For more information, visit, call Lori at (651) 221-9453, or email her at .

Learn more about the Science Museum's Collectors' Corner here.