Take a walk on the wild side
of Cortes Island at the Wild Cortes Natural History & ECOLiteracy Centre!
Located at LINNAEA FARM, 1255 Seaford Road
Admission by donation.
Open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Check the Tideline and the Cortes Museum
website for our pop-up open hours.
Accessibility information: Entrance is down the steps near Linnaea’s front door with a wheelchair accessible entrance down the library ramp. Do animals and ecology interest you? Wild Cortes is looking for volunteers to host our exhibit. Training happily provided. Send us an email or call us up.
"Down Under" Subtidal Biodiversity, BioBlitz, and Return of the Humpbacks. Wild Cortes
also features fascinating taxidermy exhibits and study skins from taxidermist Laurel Bohart, costumes and masks for playing dress-up, a puzzle of Cortes watersheds, and so much more!
Pull the cover off one of our exciting new discovery boxes at Wild Cortes!
The ECOLab has a fabulous new WILD stereoscope for you to discover the world of the microcosm within each discovery box.
The FEATHER discovery box is filled with specimens to reveal the... wonder of feathers to you! Pull apart a great blue heron feather vane and then "zip" it back together again with your fingers. You've just witnessed the first zipper! Pop the feather vane under the stereoscope to view the structure of feather barbs and barbules. The barbules contain microhooks that hold the barbs together to create the smooth feather surface.
The SAND discovery box is filled with specimens of sand from around the world. Pop them under the stereoscope and you will be propelled into a magical maze of olivine and garnet minerals! Run a magnet up against a sample of Manson's Landing sand and line up the magnetite minerals
Thank you Cortes Literacy Now
for funding the Discovery Boxes!!.
Wild Cortes is managed by the Cortes Wild! partnership: Linnaea Farm Society
, Cortes Island Museum & Archives Society
, Friends of Cortes Island Society (FOCI)
, Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island Society (FTCCIS)
, Discovery Islands Ecosystem Mapping Project (DIEM)
Cortes Island biologist Sabina Leader Mense and geologist Christian Gronau.