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Overnight Programs

  • Boy scouts smiling for the camera
  • Butterfly in Butterfly Haven
  • Child looking at butterfly specimens

Bunking with the Butterflies is an unforgettable slumber party experience at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum! Spend a fun-filled night participating in nature-inspired activities, games and crafts, exploring the Museum, getting up close with live animals and being surrounded by the wonder of the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven.

Nature Museum overnights are a shared learning experience for youth and their chaperones facilitated by Museum Educators. A light snack and a continental breakfast will be provided. See below for information on our public scout overnights and custom private overnight options.

Please email for additional information.

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Overnight

Girl Scouts with preserved snake specimen

Join other brownie and junior troops from the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GCNWI) council for an unforgettable slumber party. Make the Nature Museum your home for the night and experience the world of nature and science like never before. Museum Educators will guide you through fun hands-on activities, crafts, games and more. A light snack, continental breakfast and an overnight patch are included in the price.

5 pm on Friday, September 8 -  9 am on Saturday, September 9, 2017

$52 per scout; $22 per chaperone up to the 1:5 chaperone to children ratio

$52 per participant for additional adults

One registration form per troop.

Registration Form

“It is a magical time after hours and we loved the interaction with animals.” - Overnight Participant

Custom Private Overnight

Children in Butterfly Haven

Book a private overnight for your scout, school or family group!

$55 per participant

Custom overnights are available for families and groups of 40 or more people with a ratio of one adult to five children.

For additional information, or to inquire about planning a custom private overnight for a group of 40 or more people, please complete the inquiry form by clicking on the button below.

Custom Private Overnight Inquiry Form

“This event was very organized. There were many great education sessions, and a good pace. I will definitely recommend this experience to others!” - Overnight Participant

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