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Discovery Museums launches effort to get families outdoors

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The Discovery Museums has received a $136,275 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to kickstart a new initiative, Natural Connections , that aims to get families outdoors.

“The museums are already a successful institution for families,” said Neil Gordon , the Acton museums’ chief executive officer . “The goal of that [initiative] is to support families in spending more time outdoors.”

The grant will be used to create an outdoor learning center with a fully-accessible tree house “that will serve as home base for a series of fixed and changing exhibit actives,” Gordon said. The tree house will be designed for use by all children, including those with physical, sensory or cognitive challenges.

“It’s going to be good for everybody of all ages,” Gordon added.

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