Museum, Planetarium, Greenhouse and Wildlife Area
These Natural Science Facilities support instruction in the Science areas.
The Wildlife Area is a 27 acre site forming the northwest corner of the campus. It features a restored prairie, a coniferous and deciduous forest, and wetlands. A system of maintained trails makes it accessible for classroom purposes and personal enjoyment.
The Museum of Natural History features hands-on exhibits of Minnesota flora and fauna. It serves, along with the Planetarium, as a programming facility for K-12 students, teachers, and other groups.
The Greenhouse has an extensive collection of ornamental plants and features a tropical room and desert room.
The Planetarium supports instruction in the Physics area. The Planetarium is also used extensively by public schools in the region. Thousands of elementary and secondary students visit the Planetarium annually as part of their astronomy education. Special programs are produced for the general public dealing with a variety topics including planets, moons, stars, galaxies, constellations, and space exploration.