paper lab - sponsored by THE purdy-weissenborn foundation

Making a piece of paper in the Purdy-Weissenborn Paper lab is a highlight of any trip to the Paper Discovery Center! Educators discuss the art and science of paper-making while making a recycled sheet of paper with guests. Visitors can choose from popular add-ins such as glitter, botanicals and confetti.  

Paper Lab Hours: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 1:45 PM and 2:45 PM 

From Tree to Tissue - Sponsored by Georgia Pacific

Paper can be made from hardwood and softwood trees, but also from bamboo, cotton, linen and even elephant dung! Explore the sights and smells of typical pulp and paper mills, and learn about the ways paper products are recycled. Did we mention the giant roll of toilet paper at the end?  



hygiene - sponsored by kimberly-clark

What did previous generations use instead of disposable diapers and Kleenex? Find out how paper products help stop the spread of disease, and continue to make society healthier. Look inside the replica Outhouse, and get a glimpse into what life was like before flushing toilets and toilet paper! 


Located on the banks of the rushing Fox River, the Outdoor Learning Center is home to a variety of trees. It is a great place to watch the changing landscape of the riverbank, and watch wildlife change with the seasons.