Department of Natural Resources
The exhibit room has a large, interactive map of the Waterloo area featuring habitats found around the center, including the beech-maple forest, hardwood swamp and bog. Other exhibits show habitat types and plant communities that were common prior to European settlement including the oak barrens and the prairie fen, which are extremely rare today. A special display case holds a large collection of fluted spear points used by the Paleo-Indian hunters, and other cultural history artifacts, including a dugout canoe, are on display as well.
In the geology room, kids and families can discover that geology is fun! Visitors can enter a model ice cave to see themselves standing next to a giant beaver or Jefferson mammoth, or get the latest Ice Age "weather report." Youngsters will enjoy conducting experiments in the "Mad Scientist Lab" and the "Fossil Graveyard" featuring lift-a-rock models of fossilized bones and teeth. Touch-screen games will test your geology knowledge and you can view a large collection of rocks and minerals from throughout the state.
The center's auditorium features a dramatic multi-image program about Waterloo and step into the atrium to see an active honeybee colony. It's also a good spot for bird watching. Test your knowledge of birds by playing a fun touch-screen computer game.