Published on December 10, 2019
Spark an interest in learning about the natural world at the COX Nature Exchange Pop-up Shop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 21 & 22, Jan. 18 & 19. First-timers and experienced traders alike are encouraged to visit the Helmerich Discovery Center lobby for 50 free points during the pop-up shop. Nothing to trade? No problem, just complete a scavenger hunt for knowledge points and leave with a natural souvenir.
Cox Communications Nature Exchange will be moving to Life in the Cold inside Robert J. LaFortune WildLIFE Trek Spring 2020. This larger space will accommodate the growing trader population and the zoo’s growing natural collection.
Dates: December 21 and 22; January 18 and 19
Times: 11 am – 3 pm
Location: Helmerich Discovery Center (lobby)
The COX Nature Exchange at the Tulsa Zoo is a fun, interactive learning environment for students of all ages.
How does it work? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
1. Find an Item
Take a walk in the woods, in your back yard, or keep your eyes open while you’re on vacation. Look around for something that sparks your interest like a cool rock, fossil, plant, insect, or shell and bring it to the Exchange. Bring no more than 5 items at a time. Leave the rest where they are, nature still needs them!
2. Visit the Exchange
Our trained staff and volunteers will initiate a discussion about your item; together we will learn what it is, where it came from, and what purpose it serves. The trader will then earn points for the item plus the knowledge they share or learn about their items while at the Exchange.
We encourage research to be done at home about the item. The more you know, the more points you’ll earn. Reports, journals, posters, and pictures are all great tools to share what you have discovered.
3. Get a Trader Account
Use your points in our well-stocked swap shop like money. We’ll put your earned points in your very own account; the points never expire. Spend some, save some; it’s all up to you! (Please note: no dollar value is assigned to the points.)
Things to keep in mind before your visit to the COX Nature Exchange.
We cannot accept items that are protected by law. This includes items from city, state, or national parks (including from zoo grounds), bird items (like feathers, nests, or eggs), or cultural items (like arrowheads).