Explorers Grove: Growing healthy bodies

Explorers Grove, our new interactive learning and play area, was featured on WLUK-TV FOX 11. If you haven't visited yet, these segments will inspire you to meet us under the tree!


Explorers Grove – a new learning space for kids is open for play in the Children's Department.

“It’s been four years in the making,” explained Marie Boleman, Head of Children’s & Family Outreach Services. “After the intricate planning, design and construction, we’re thrilled to be celebrating a space dedicated to promoting curiosity, learning, self-expression and discovery.”

Other new additions include a reading bench and "On Beaver Pond" discovery station that fosters free play and interactive learning experiences. The setting welcomes caregivers and parents to be fully present in the moment with their children. 

“Research tells us that beginning at birth, children develop literacy and lifelong learning skills when they talk, sing, read, write and play; Explorers Grove is a fun, engaging space that encourages all these things.”

Explorers Grove was made possible through a memorial donation honoring longtime librarian Nancy Jackisch.

“Nancy worked for Oshkosh Public Library for 43 years, serving as a children’s librarian during much of that time, so it’s especially fitting for Explorers Grove to be associated with her legacy and love for learning,” said Boleman.