The Outdoor Nature Lab

Opening in Winter

All Ages


From the native vegetation to a range of guided and self-driven experiences, The Robert and Elizabeth Karplus Outdoor Nature Lab provides a unique space where all visitors will make close observations of, and deepen their connection with, the natural environment. Visitors will be able to explore larger environmental issues, such as invasive species, climate change, air quality, and the importance of pollinators.

About The Outdoor Nature Lab

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Visitors Can Choose to:

  • Experience a guided observation that inspires deep thinking through your senses
  • Solve a nature mystery
  • Try your hand at nature journaling and photography
  • Explore decomposing logs as well as lichen, fungi, and spider webs.
  • Climb into a tree canopy and crawl under a willow thicket

Who are Robert and Elizabeth Karplus?
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Where Inspiration Grows

These experiences not only will nurture a scientific mindset, but will also spark connections to environmental issues ranging from invasive species and bee die-offs to individual actions that can positively impact our natural resources.


View the timelapse of the construction of The Outdoor Nature Lab.

Plan Your Visit



Age 3+: $20

Kids under 2: FREE

Members: FREE

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