Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of some frequently asked questions.  If you cannot find the answer you are looking for, please contact us through Feedback.

May I bring in 1,000 pine cones to trade or take out 100 rocks and minerals?

A: You may only trade two items, or a collection of five similar items, in or out, per visit.  We value the quality of your experience and knowledge of the items over quantity of items traded.  In addition this will help us to manage our point-based system and the number of items contained within our space.

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I found a flamingo feather on the ground outside of the flamingo exhibit. May I trade this item?

A: Items found within the Zoo or from Zoo animals cannot be traded.  In addition, bird materials of any kind (feathers, eggs, nests, etc.) are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 and cannot be traded. However, a photo of and short story about the feather will be acceptable in a trade.

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Why do I need an account?

A: Your account allows us to keep track of your points earned during trades.  Your account will be active indefinitely so you do not have to worry about the amount of time between trades.  Also, Nature Traders will receive updates about new items available at the Texas Nature Traders or and will be notified special Quests you can complete for bonus points.

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May I use someone else's account? Are points transferable?

A: Unless the account holder is with you at the Texas Nature Traders and gives permission, you may not use his or her account.  Points cannot not be transferred from one account to another.

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How do you determine points?

A: Every item has a base point value. Additional points are determined by three criteria:  Experience – The more knowledge you have about the item, and its connection to the ecosystem, will increase the amount of points awarded.  Uniqueness – How common an item is and how many we already have in the collection.  Quality – The overall condition of your item.

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