Conservation Education and Science


Kids love collecting things natural objects: rocks, pine cones, flowers, you name it! And they love trading almost as much as they love collecting.

The Dallas Zoo Nature Exchange is an interactive exhibit that encourages learning about the natural world by means of collecting and trading objects found in nature. Eager young traders can bring collected objects with them to the zoo, and then trade objects for points (subject to certain Rules and Guidelines). Kids can then use their points to "purchase" new objects from the Nature Exchange Swap Shop.

Points are based in part on how much kids know about their objects; they more they know, the more points they can earn. If kids don't know anything about an object, the Nature Exchange is a great place to ask questions and find answers.

Nature Exchange is located at the Lacerte Family Children's Zoo and is sponsored in part by a grant from the Hillcrest Foundation.