• The Backyard
    Opens July 20 2018

Learning starts with exploring.

We’ve created a special, new space at The Nat just for young, curious minds up to the kindergarten age. This summer, little learners can expand their horizons in The Backyard, an all-new exhibit space where our youngest visitors can learn and explore the natural world through play.

Vibrant exhibit décor will bring urban San Diego to life by depicting a quintessential backyard oasis where people and wildlife share space and live together. The Backyard will provide a safe space for children five and under to enjoy some good old natural history recreation.

Budding naturalists can play under a shade tree, search for hidden secrets along a wooden fence, climb on a giant ladybug, or read their favorite book in a cozy potting shed. For our youngest visitors still at the crawling stage, there’s a soft, cushioned area for protected exploration.

Whether your child is captivated by animals, minerals, or vegetables, The Backyard is packed with experiences that encourage curiosity about the natural world. Spend some time in The Backyard and see that adventures begin close to home.

Parents or caregivers can actively participate with children or sit, relax, and observe with a beverage from The Flying Squirrel Café. The Backyard is suggested for children five and under, and accompanied by an adult.

Access to The Backyard is included with general admission and free for members. The Backyard will close at 4:30 PM each day for cleaning and maintenance.

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