When you visit Kidspace, bring along some samples of rocks, plant life, soil, shells, or other natural specimens and trade them to Kidspace Educators at the Nature Exchange!
You can earn Nature Exchange points based on your knowledge of the object, as well as its rarity, condition, effort that goes into the tradable object’s preparation and/or research into the object or where it comes from, to add to a Kidspace account. Use your points to trade for other exciting natural items that we offer at the Nature Exchange, or save your points for that really cool item that arrives just in time for your next visit to Kidspace.
General Rules for Trading at the Kidspace Nature Exchange
Only natural items are tradable. Tradable items include rocks, fossils, plants, dirt/sand, dead insects, and shells.
There are some objects Kidspace WILL NOT ACCEPT including:
- Birds’ nests, feathers, or eggs
- Live animals
- Dead animals (excluding insects), animal bones, stuffed animals, pelts, animal parts (feet, etc.)
- Endangered species (plant or animal)
- Anything from a California cave
- Objects of cultural or historical value
- Anything in violation of state, national, or international laws
- Any item altered by man. Obsidian turned into an arrow head, shells made into jewelry, carved wood or a pet rock with hair and googley eyes are some examples of man altered objects that will not be accepted.
The more you know about an item, the higher its trade-in point value. We encourage traders to research their items either at home or at Kidspace, using the field guides and resources available in the Nature Exchange.
Limit on Items
Trades can take up to 15 minutes per child, so please limit children to one trade of up to three separate kinds of items per visit. Remember, the highest number of points will be awarded to traders who bring objects that are rare or of high quality, and to traders who share the most knowledge about their objects. These factors are more important than quantity.
Please note: the Nature Exchange can accept only three (3) of any given item.
Downloadable Forms to earn points:
- Dinosaur Profile
- Trading Form
- How to Collect Sheets
- Nature Journal
- Scientific Drawing
- Internet Resources
Live Animal Collection
Visit our friendly animal residents in the Nature Exchange! Say hello to Sherman and Tortellini, our Eastern Box Turtle and Russian Tortoise; and Baldwin, our Ball Python. Sherman is 15 years old and our oldest animal resident!
Visit the Nature Exchange or call (626) 449-9144,ext. 5219 with questions or concerns.
The Nature Exchange is open during regular Museum hours:
Tuesday through Friday 9:30am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm