The Nature Niche was donated by the Willapa Hill Audubon Society in 2016. The Willapa Hills Audubon Society (WHAS) is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society and is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization. WHAS covers Cowlitz County, Wahkiakum County, and all parts south of South Bend in Pacific County in Southwest Washington as well as parts of Columbia County in Northwest Oregon. The mission of the Willapa Hills Audubon Society is to support ecologically responsible ways of life, to help maintain biologically diverse habitats, and to promote environmental understanding and enjoyment of nature.
The Nature Niche is Divided into six different sections including:
1. Sea/Water Life
6. Microscopes/insects/Micro Organisms
How does the Nature Niche Work?
The Museum Assistant or a Volunteer will open the Nature Niche and guide and educate children about the materials in each section. Staff will take materials out for children to look at and touch. This station is to be always supervised.
Staff in the Nature Niche:
· Staff will always handle and hold all materials.
· Manage Microscopes and Slides
· Explore and answer questions regarding artifacts in the Nature Niche.
· Make it a fun and welcoming environment.
· If you don’t know what it is google it and explore it together with the children.