From Green Right Now Reports

The traveling “Exploring Trees Inside and Out” exhibit, in which young children can climb, fly over and interact with model trees, has opened in Los Angeles this summer.

A child peers inside a "tree" at the Explore Trees exhibit

A child peers inside a "tree" at the Explore Trees exhibit

Sponsored by Doubletree Hotels and the Arbor Day Foundation, the exhibit aims to inspire children to appreciate trees and understand their importance in the environment.

Exploring Trees offers hands-on activities that are “fun, educational and memorable” and allows even very young children to connect with nature, says Ron Rohovit, deputy director for education at the California Science Center.  Activity or “sensation stations” target kids ages 2 to 10, allowing them to see the inside of a large tree, slide into a pile of leaves, watch light filter through leaves and hear animals moving through the tree and water running through the roots.

The 2,500-square-foot exhibit has been traveling around the country since its opening in 2008 in Seattle and has attracted 750,000 viewers, according to Doubletree. The stop in LA is its eighth venue, and the only place its scheduled to visit in the Southwest. Exploring Trees was funded by Doubletree Hotels and designed by Arbor Day and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation.

Admission to the exhibit is free to those visiting the California Science Center at Exposition Park at Figueroa & 39th. The Center is open from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. Get more info at the center’s website or call 323-SCIENCE (323-724-3623).