Opening of the interactive STEM exhibit at the Edwardsville Children’s Museum

Continuing its mission to spark curiosity and cultivate learning in the Age of Wonder, the Children’s Museum of Edwardsville recently unveiled its new Phillips 66 STEM forest exhibit.

This interactive exhibit brings the outdoors inside, giving kids the chance to create their own woodland creatures and watch them come to life in a virtual forest. Caregivers can read about the micro-forest at the Edwardsville Children’s Museum as well as the impact of choosing native trees on the local environment while their children learn about the steps they can take to protect our natural ecosystem.

The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the exhibit inside the museum located at 722 Holyoake Road in Edwardsville.

The exhibit was made possible through a contribution from Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery. Director of Government and Community Relations, Melissa Erker, and Community Affairs Coordinator, Katie Bennett, joined in the celebration.

Ed/Glen Chamber Volunteer Ambassadors and Business Partners in attendance included: Carter Marteeny (BARBERMurphy), Rob Pickerell (Town and Country Bank), Andrew Myer (Hawthorne Animal Hospital), Lara DeGroot (Board Member of ECM Board), Kate Allaria (ECM Board Member), Lauren Smith (ECM Board Member), Kristen Fries (Executive Director, Edwardsville Children’s Museum), Melissa Erker (Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery), Katie Bennett (Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery), Traci Daniels (Anchored in Truth Ministries), Emily and Jeremy Colton (Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More), Jane Ahasay (Glen-Ed Pantry) , James Arnold (City of Edwardsville), Mark Vandehey (Perseverance Health and Fitness) and Laura Mattson (ECM Board Member).

For more information on museum hours and current exhibits, visit or call (618) 692-2094.

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