The Nature Exchange Guiding Principles of Ethical Collecting
In order to acknowledge each institution?s important philosophical, ethical and legal responsibilities, base criteria have been established to facilitate public understanding and daily operations of the Nature Exchange.
Statement of Responsibility
Educational facilities concerned with the stewardship of the living world and the preservation of biodiversity, must provide leadership in the following areas:
- Teaching conservation ethics to the communities that they serve and the daily living of those values.
- Developing a culture of care giving for all living species.
- Promoting laws and agreements regarding acquisition, possession and trade of all natural items.
Nature Exchange guidelines vary depending on the institution, their philosophies and their geographical location.
Our Trading Rules:
- Nature Exchange? only trades items from nature that are not man-made.
- We ask our traders to take only one of each of the different things you find. You only need a few to make a good collection?and you?ll get as many points for one item as for ten!
- Nature Exchange? will not accept bird nests or eggs, stuffed animals, pelts, dead animals (excluding insects), live animals, endangered species, or objects of historical value.
- Take only things that are common and not protected by you region?s laws.
- No items will be traded from the organization?s collection, living or dead, plant or animal.
- No items regulated by the Endangered Species Act, or other local, national or international regulations or agreements, will be traded.
- No items that involve taxidermy will be traded.
- Items that act as interpretations, copies or artistic representations of the natural work will be accepted for trade, including photographs, drawings, sculptures, books, stories, castings and rubbings, with due consideration given to storage and tradability issues.