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Parry Sound Northern Nature Exchange now open

Parry Sound is now the home of the Northern Nature Exchange, one of Science North’s most popular experiences.

The Northern Ontario-based museum says the Exchange is a hub for exploration, discovery, and fun for all ages. Science North opened the doors to the new permanent installation at The Museum On Tower Hill in a grand opening last week, marking the seventh Northern Nature Exchange partner and location in the province. 

Visitors can collect natural objects, learn about them, and then bring them to the exchange, where officials say points are then awarded to individuals for what they know about their item. The more you know about it, the more points you are awarded reads a statement sent by Science North. That includes what makes it unique, and the quality of the item, with better conditions, garnering more points.

According to Science North CEO Ashley Larose, the Exchange encourages visitors to explore, learn, and discover things in their own community. “I would also like to thank the Museum On Tower Hill, and its team, for partnering with us to bring this great experience to Parry Sound. We look forward to bringing the Northern Nature Exchange to more communities across the North,” Larose said. 

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Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Graydon Smith calls the installation a wonderful opportunity for visitors to gain insight and appreciation for the natural world while also encouraging more foot traffic to the local museum. 

Science North officials say the installation is made possible with support from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario.

The Parry Sound Northern Nature Exchange is now open to the public and shares the same operating hours as the Museum On Tower Hill.

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