For a better experience, click the Compatibility Mode icon above to turn off Compatibility Mode, which is only for viewing older websites.

Under The Canopy: Animals of the Rainforest

February 17–September 2, 2024

A sloth hanging from a branch. "Under the Canopy"

A sloth hanging from a branch. 'Under the Canopy'

Travel to the most diverse ecosystem on the planet! Under the Canopy: Animals of the Rainforest is an immersive exhibition introducing you to the fascinating world of rainforests and the animals that inhabit them. Learn about unique plants and rainforest ecology as you encounter a live sloth, boa constrictor and other animals that call these habitats home. Think big about the importance of rainforests to the planet as you explore interactive discovery stations, dynamic displays and engaging programming. Under the Canopy will leave you with knowledge and actions you can take — from choosing the best coffee to growing the right garden plants — to support healthier rainforest ecosystems and become an advocate for conservation.

Presented in English and Spanish, Under the Canopy will engage students of all ages, with accompanying curriculums on rainforests, water cycles, the science of diversity, deforestation and soil, how kids can save the planet and so much more. Hands-on interactives are complemented by life-size, climbable animal sculptures, including a gorilla, tortoise, crocodile, red-eye tree frog and Banyan tree.

Seek answers to the following questions:

  • What is a rainforest? 
  • Why are rainforests important? 
  • What is biodiversity?
  • Is there a rainforest in North America?
  • How do rainforests function as Earth’s lungs?
  • What animals live under the canopy? 
  • How much of Earth is covered by rainforests, and how has this coverage changed over time?
  • Can rainforests grow back?
  • What can you do to help support the rainforest? 

All exhibits are included with the purchase of a general admission ticket.