The Naturalist's Study, sponsored by a generous gift from Little Harbor Charitable Foundation, is a place where children and families can examine specimens from nature and explore elements from the natural world.
The Naturalist Study features specimens and activities that will rotate throughout the year to reflect what children are seeing outside. "We frequently update The Naturalist's Study exhibit so there is always something new to experience," explained Eric Erwin, Exhibits Manager for the Children’s Museum of NH. On view now is an exhibit that accompanies the MOSAIC: Exploring Our Multicultural Neighborhood art exhibition up in Gallery 6. 13 Moons: An Abenaki Child's Year is all about the things that an Abenaki Child would have encountered in a typical year before European contact.
The Naturalist Study features a long piece of live edge black walnut, sealed and mounted as a scientist’s desk. This beautiful piece of wood was donated by Highland Hardwoods of Brentwood. On the wall above the desk are custom-made display cabinets housing delicate specimens like the Abenaki artifacts and the stuffed Beaver on loan to the museum.