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Cool facts & FAQs

  • Total number of traders: 50090 at Science North
  • Percentage of traders that are members: about 50% of our members are active traders.
  • Age range of traders is from 3 years to 90 years.
  • Our Strangest Trade to date at Science North:A mammoth tusk from the high arctic, a scientist doing field work in the arctic brought it to us.
  • Longest Trade on record:Staff Scientist Dan Chaput spent over 6 hours on ONE trade ††




Frequently Asked Questions:

Q - Can I use someone else's account?
A - No.Unless the account holder is at the Nature Exchange with you, you cannot use their account.

Q- Why do you use my email address and telephone number for the account?
A- Many people have the same name, and we use telephone numbers and email addresses to differentiate them..as well as to keep in touch with you!

Q- Can I bring 1000 pine cones to trade?
A- The Nature Exchange has a policy of no more than 5 of any item being traded in at the same time: it is not quantity that matters, it's the quality.Additionaly, one of our primary goals is to have traders leave a light footprint on the environment.

Q- Can I bring my live cat and trade him in?
A- No!Nothing that is alive can be traded.

Q- Do you delete accounts that haven't been used for a long time?
A- No.Accounts remain active indefinitely.

Q- How long is an average trade?
A- About 20 minutes.

Q- What type of items are worth the most number of points?
A- Unique or unusual items are worth the most, but more common items accompanied by much information can be worth just as many points.

Q- What types of people work at the Nature Exchange?
A- There are many people, or all ages that work at the Nature Exchange from 13 year old volunteers to seasoned naturalists.The common characteristic is that everyone has a passionate interest in the natural sciences

Q- Can I volunteer at the Nature Exchange?
A-
If you are 13 years of age we invite you to apply to become a volunteer at Science North.The Nature Exchange is always happy to welcome volunteers; they provide us with great expertise and enthusiasm