Outdoor Classroom

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

The Bird Blind is currently closed to the public.

We invite you to visit us online at naturalsciences.org or follow along on Facebook @prairieridge.

In compliance with Executive Order 215, face masks are no longer required for visitors in most settings outdoors or indoors at our facilities. We strongly encourage those who have not yet been vaccinated for COVID-19 to continue wearing masks and practicing social distancing while visiting our facilities.

Face coverings are recommended for:

  • Children between the ages of 5 and 12
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated

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.

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.