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Underground Adventure


Get a bug’s-eye view of the world when you magically “shrink” to 1/100th of your actual size—smaller than a penny—to explore an immersive environment of worm tunnels and soil chambers. This exhibition reveals soil to be home to an incredible diversity of living things, and shows how not a single plant or animal could survive without it. After regaining your regular size, become a soil scientist to investigate how life above ground connects to life below.

In Underground Adventure, you can:

  • Meet a giant mole cricket, crayfish, wolf spider, and other animatronic critters, and identify soil organisms that seem small, even at 100 times their normal size.
  • Encounter the snapping tail of a mama earwig defending her babies, peek in on hatching snail eggs, and observe different approaches that invertebrates take to raising their young.
  • Get a whole new perspective on how plant roots, seeds, and fungus find nourishment amidst the soil.
  • Examine how the actions of people and communities may help or hurt soil—and thus maintain or threaten the health of entire ecosystems.

*Please Note: Not included with Basic Admission.