Explore nature, collect what interests you, and earn points for your discoveries.
Learn about the natural world and grow your personal collection when you join the Nature Exchange trading program. Bring in items from nature, earn points for what you find, and use your points to take home some amazing prizes. Geodes, shells, skulls, fossils – we have it all.
Nature Exchange trading is included with General Admission and free to CNC Members.
Keep up with what’s happening in the Nature Exchange by following our Facebook page.
Nature Exchange Trading Hours
How can I earn points?
Trade in items that you find in nature.
The more you can tell us about the items, the more points you will earn.
Create a project on a nature topic.
Make a poster, booklet, diorama…the opportunities are limitless.
Take Home a Reading Log
Earn 1 point for every minute you read, 2 points when you read about nature.
>> Bring only 3 items to trade per day.
>> Make sure that your trade items are clean and safe for handling.
>> Don’t collect bird nests, feathers, eggs, or turtle shells.
>> Leave living plants and animals where you find them.
>> Take only one of each item when you are collecting from nature.
>> Don’t collect items from the Nature Center grounds.
>> Don’t collect items from state parks or items protected by law.
CNC Encourages Responsible Collecting
The Chattahoochee Nature Center supports stewardship of the living world and the preservation of biodiversity. We encourage traders to thoughtfully consider the effects of their actions when enjoying the natural world. Tread lightly as you go, and never take more than what you need.
“When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” Aldo Leopold
Interactive Nature Backpacks
Enhance your interactive nature experience by checking out one of our Interactive Nature Backpacks. Each backpack contains a unique collection of hands-on learning tools to help you explore the Nature Center grounds. Enjoy a fresh look at the diverse wildlife living in the Chattahoochee River Watershed.
There are 6 themed backpacks to choose from: The Amphibian Pack, The Mammal Pack, The Butterfly Pack, The Bird Pack, The Forest Pack, and The River Pack.
>> Backpack checkout is $3 for non-members and free for members.
>> Backpacks cannot be checked out after 5PM and must be returned by 5:30PM.
>> Groups can check out only one backpack per visit.
Upcoming Events › Nature Exchange
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Regularly Scheduled Programs in Nature Exchange for the Fall Fact or Fiction: Animal Edition, September–November Do frogs really give you warts? What does it really mean to be “as blind as a bat”? Just how slimy is a snake? Join CNC in Nature Exchange to learn about these animal myths and more. The answers may surprise you. Mystery Myths, September–November Use Creek and Cherokee legends as inspiration to create your own tales, using a jumbo mix-and-match word bank. How did…Find out more »
Regularly Scheduled Programs in Nature Exchange for the Winter featuring Tiny Worlds Living in a Log, December – February While a crumbling, smelly, decomposing log may not sound like your dream home, it is a hotbed of activity for nature’s smaller flora and fauna. Visit Nature Exchange to see an interactive model of some downed debris and learn about its many tenants! What’s in a World? December – February To many of us a tree is just a tree- maybe…Find out more »