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Collectors' Corner Neighborhood Trading Place

Collect • Trade • Share • Discover

pine coneTwo trading places are located in your neighborhood!

Based on the successful model of the Collectors' Corner at the Science Museum of Minnesota, the museum has opened two satellite Collectors' Corner Neighborhood Trading Places. These are part of a pilot program designed to reach new audiences, create community partnerships, and provide new science opportunities.

Neighborhood Locations

kids at Trading PostR.H. Stafford Branch Library
8595 Central Park Place
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 275-8500


  • Tuesdays from 4-7 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Opening in 2015:
Highland Park Library
1974 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN 55116
(651) 695-3700

Rice Street Branch Library

1011 Rice Street
St. Paul, MN 55117

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.

Contact us at .

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.