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      The Dotty Brown Art & Nature Center

      A young girl creating sentences with magnetic words in the Art & Nature Center

      The Dotty Brown Art & Nature Center showcases original exhibitions that investigate our connections with nature through contemporary art, memorable objects and interactive experiences. This family-friendly center features changing exhibitions, hands-on displays and art making spaces. We encourage you to touch, play and explore!

      A view inside the Pod.

      The Pod

      Experience our living world anew in The Pod! Grow your awareness of nature, try on new ways of being and tap into your own creativity. Discover a life-size wire tree by sculptor Elizabeth Keithline that’s modeled on a live tree from PEM’s campus. Watch dancer Laura Kathrein move like different animals and embody local habitats. Or, create your own imaginary creature inspired by real animals and fantastic creatures from around the globe. What creative sense will you spark in your next visit to The Pod?

      Changing Art & Nature Exhibitions

      These revolving shows explore timely topics at the interface of human experience and the natural world.

      Drop-In Art Making

      Held on Fridays from 3–4:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 1–3 pm and Mondays from 2–3 pm, our drop-in art making sessions in the Create Space Studios encourage participants of all ages to get creative through various projects inspired by nature. No reservation is required.

      PEM Pals

      Designed for children (5 and under) and their caregivers, PEM Pals aims to engage and excite all of the senses through books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities. Check out our upcoming events to learn more about our future sessions!

      Learn & Play

      Check out our museum-inspired activities that you can do at home! Featuring video tutorials from our Education team.


      We welcome curious art lovers of all ages. Explore our hands-on activities and amenities for families.