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Birdfest Weekend


golden conure parrot

Join us in February as we dedicate a whole weekend to our favorite feathered friends!

  • Closeup of a hawk

    Illinois Raptors

    Saturday, February 10
    11:30am to 12:30pm

    Do you know about the birds of prey that live in our area? Learn about hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures that are indigenous to
    Illinois. Get an up-close look at live birds of prey.
    Presented in partnership with Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation.

    Cost: Free with admission

  • Mother and daughter in Butterfly Haven

    Scavenger Hunt Sunday

    Sunday, February 11
    All day

    Roam the Museum in search of rare specimens, live birds, and little-known facts about our feathered friends. Drop off your
    completed scavenger hunt for a chance to win an awesome prize package including behind-the-scenes tours.

    Cost: Free with admission

  • Grilled cheese sandwich

    Pop-up Soup & Grilled Cheese Stand

    Sunday, February 11 
    11am to 2pm

    Experience our pop-up soup and grilled cheese stand from our friends at Gayle’s Best Ever Grilled Cheese! Relax in Nature's LunchBox, warm up with a hearty lunch, and refuel for the rest of your Nature Museum visit! 

Don't forget to check out our daily programming, too!

  • Children in Hands-on Habitat

    Story Time

    Every day 
    11am to 11:30am

    Head to Hands-On Habitat to listen to a story picked for our littlest visitors, and then keep the fun going with games and activities.

    Cost: Free with admission

  • Blue-Throated macaw

    Live Bird Showcase

    Every day
    11:30am to 12pm

    Meet one of our very special guests in The Bird House and speak with our biologists about the amazing adaptations of birds all over the world — including local species you can see right here in Chicago.

    Cost: Free with admission

  • Corn Snake

    Critter Connection

    Every day
    12pm to 12:30pm

    Snakes, turtles, salamanders...more than 50 animal species reside in our lab. Get up close with one of our critters and learn about our animal friends that live at the Nature Museum.

    Cost: Free with admission

  • Blanding's turtle

    Live Animal Feeding

    Every day
    1pm to 1:30pm

    Join us in Mysteries of the Marsh as our animal care staff and volunteers feed some of your favorite Nature Museum critters.

    Cost: Free with admission

  • Rice Paper butterfly

    First Flight Butterfly Release

    Every day
    2pm to 2:30pm

    Join us every day at 2pm in the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven as we release newly emerged butterflies into the Haven for the first time! Watch as they take their first flight!

    Cost: Free with admission

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