Outdoor Classroom

Prairie Ridge Ecostation is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9am to 4pm (closed on Sunday and Monday).

Please see the Hours & Admission page for Prairie Ridge's holiday schedule.

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  • Face coverings are now optional.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of illness, we ask that you postpone your visit.

The Ecostation

Prairie Ridge boasts a green Outdoor Classroom, a native plant garden and native tree arboretum, a series of ponds and vernal pools, and a trail system winding through the prairie and forest. Museum staff offer a multitude of public programs to educate visitors about nature and science. The Nature PlaySpace for young children has become a safe, popular space for nature-based play; programs offered here include Nature Stories and Nature PlayDays. Prairie Ridge is also a hub for researchers who conduct citizen science onsite, affording visitors numerous opportunities to participate in real scientific research.

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New Education Center planned for Prairie Ridge!

The Museum is currently fundraising to build an Education Center at Prairie Ridge. A new Education Center will expand our services and amenities year-round and increase the number of visitors we can accommodate at Prairie Ridge.