It's a common theme here: we don't have much room. I love the idea of a nature table or a science center, but haven't been able to find a workable solution.
Here's what I came up with, for now at least.
After seeing lots of people prettying up plastic drawers with scrapbook paper, I decided to do the same with a small storage unit we had lying around.
I picked up some little wooden shelves from Dollar Tree, and painted them. They make cute little "specimen" boxes to house seashell, fossil, and and rock collections.
I'm going to have several collections out for the kids to investigate at a time, and rotate them out as interest wanes. In the fall, (when it's cool enough to even leave the house,) I'm hoping the kids will help me add acorns, pine cones, etc to the boxes.
I've put out a large magnifying glass for the kids, and they've been investigating everything from the dog to their breakfast.
Our microscope is in the bottom drawer, in hopes that we might actually get around to using it more if it is accessible.
It's a work in progress, but the kids are already excited about it.