In her Examiner.com article “Nature centers helping grow next generation of scientists,” Mary Spiro writes,
When I was a kid, I loved visiting my local nature center, which at the time happened to be the Clearwater Nature Center in Clinton, Md. I think the hours I spent examining the bones, pelts, stones, leaves, shells and other “please-touch” exhibits contributed to my love for animals, the environment and science in general.
And who knows, the next E.O. Wilson or Rachel Carson may be developing his or her love for natural science at your local nature center. [Emphasis added]
Then there’s E.O. Wilson’s sentiment,
“The living world is dying.”
If this is what we hope nature centers do for our kids, we ought to shut them down ASAP.