Collectors’ Corner Neighborhood Trading Place

Collect. Trade. Share. Discover.

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.

Highland Park Library
1974 Ford Parkway
Saint Paul, MN 55116
(651) 695-3700

How the Trading Place Works
Kids of all ages can bring in natural objects or a journal entry, photograph, rubbing,s 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 or at the museum's Collectors’ Corner.

Contact us at tradingplaces@smm.org for more information.

Family Resources

Activities
Websites
  • 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.
Phenology

Volunteers Needed

We need volunteers to staff this exciting program! For more information, email volunteer@smm.org or call (651) 221-9453.