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. Visitors can see live, local animals in the critter room, or discover exhibits about animal adaptations.
The auditorium features a 12 minute introductory film about Waterloo Recreation Area. Then, 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.