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This is a one of a kind nature swap subscription box that was created in memory of my two teenagers Gwyn and Rowyn who passed away on November 7th, 2022 in a car accident. Gwyn and Rowyn had a love for collecting items they found on their many nature outings. They enjoyed swapping items with others and purchasing items to expand their collections. And they loved sharing about and showing their collections to others. So it only seemed fitting to create something in their memory that will continue to encourage budding naturalists around the country to get outdoors to learn about and explore the natural world!
Each month your Junior Naturalist will receive a new nature specimen with a specimen trading card, a naturalist equipment item, nature swap postcard and prepaid return postage, 2 page activity sheet, scavenger hunt or journal page, and access to an additional private resource page on our website (with book and video recommendations, extension activities, fieldtrip recommendations, and more). The cost will be $45 per month, discounts will be offered for committing to 3, 6 or 12 month options. We will also offer a sibling discount if you order more than one box per household, email us for a code. We accept AZ Empowerment Scholarship Account funds through Class Wallet. This subscription box is for all ages. We will have resources and activities geared towards PreK-12th grade on the private resource page. Currently we only ship to United States.
Junior Naturalists can earn critter coins by sending back specimens they discover, along with the completed postcard, to be added to the Cabinet of Curiosities (prepaid return postage provided). The more details they provide about the specimen the more coins they will earn. Additional coins can be earned by completing reading logs, writing/drawing in their nature journal, creating videos/brochures about their specimen, participating in community science projects, collecting litter, and going birding. The first month will included a guide about collecting ethically and legally.
Junior Naturalists can visit the online nature shop to view specimens from around the country and redeem their accumulated coins at any time to receive new specimens for their collection.
We are also seeking donations of items to add to the cabinet of curiosities. If you would like to donate items please email us for the address. We can accept natural items like skulls, antlers, rocks, shells, fossils, plant part, dead insects, snake sheds, insect molts, dead insects, etc. We cannot accept bird items unless they are from a domestic bird, non US native bird or hunted bird species.
Thank you for helping to continue to help keep Gwyn and Rowyn's memory alive.
Check out what's inside a box and learn more about how this one of a kind subscription box works.
The Cabinet of Curiosities Mission
Our mission is to immerse Junior Naturalists in connecting with the natural world and to build their sense of place. And to get families outdoors to explore nature and make discoveries together. The Cabinet of Curiosities will help Junior Naturalists learn about and explore nature through cross-curricular, hands-on, experiential activities, so that they will develop knowledge about, love for, and dedication to nature's wonders. Junior Naturalists can then swap their discoveries with other naturalists around the country to grow their collection and learn more about other ecosystems.
The Cabinet of Curiosities Values
Educating Children Outdoors and The Cabinet of Curiosities supports stewardship of the living world and the preservation of biodiversity. We believe in providing experiences of wonder through nature immersion and exploration, fostering compassion for one another and the natural world, building a community through teamwork and collaboration, and teaching responsibility so that Junior Naturalists are capable of making rational or moral decisions. We encourage Junior Naturalists to thoughtfully consider the effects of their actions when enjoying the natural world and to tread lightly as they go, and never take more than what they need.
Your first box will ship within 2 weeks of placing your order. If you requested an ESA invoice your box will ship within 2 weeks of receiving your cleared Class Wallet payment.
We will ship your boxes each month on or within 2 days before or after the day your first month's box shipped. So if your 1st box shipped on the 5th of June you can expect your second month's box to be shipped on or 2 days before or 2 days after the 5th of July.
Each month when we ship your box we will also send a confirmation email which will include the private member resource page link as well as reminders on the ways your child can earn coins.
The Cabinet of Curiosities boxes are geared towards all ages. Any child who enjoys collecting nature specimens will enjoy this subscription box. Our private member resource page will have resources for Preschoolers through 12th grade.
Yes, we will offer a 10% discount off your total purchase if you place an order for more than one box per household. Please email us to receive this code. This discount cannot be combined with other discount codes.
Yes, you can choose to order 1 box for the entire family that can be shared. Or you can take advantage of our sibling discount (see below) that way each child gets their own specimens, science tools, critter coins, etc.
Yes, we do and the discounts are already indicated and deducted on our store.
The shipping fee and the return shipping fee for mailing back your specimen(s) are included in the subscription cost.
Currently we only ship across the United States.
Yes, we accept ESA. We are an approved vendor in Class Wallet under Educating Children Outdoors. Please use the ESA product to place your order and select your subscription option. We will email you an invoice within 48 hrs so that you can pay via Class Wallet. Once your Class Wallet payment has cleared we will mail your box to you.
Yes, there are some things we cannot accept due to local and federal laws. We also encourage ethical collection. You will be sent collection guidelines via email and will also receive a hard copy in your first month's box. This guide will include why having a nature collection is important, and ethical, safe and responsible guidelines.
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