The Nature Exchange is a unique and innovative learning place that relies on the trading of natural items and information about them. It's entire 'raison d'Ítre' is to inspire people of all ages to explore the world around them, learn as much information as they can about it, and share that information with the Nature Exchange staff when trading for points for their items. The points can then be used to add new natural items to their collection, or banked for use at a later date.
The Nature Exchange first started in 1984 when Science North opened it's doors as one of Canada's largest science centers, back then it was called 'The Swap Shop'. The Swap Shop was subsequently given a new name that better described what it was all about-hence the Nature Exchange evolved!