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  • 6 Reasons Grown-ups (and Campers!) Love Nature Museum Summer Camp

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    Created: 3/15/2019      Updated: 3/20/2019

    Believe it or not, summer isn’t too far away! Despite the Chicago cold, we’re getting ready for a summer of fun, exploration, and learning. Every year, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Summer Camp welcomes dozens of campers across all of our sessions. Why do grown-ups and campers love it so much?

    6 Reasons to Love Nature Museum Summer Camp:

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      1. Playing outdoors.

      It wouldn’t be summer camp without the chance to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. That’s why our daily camp schedules are designed for campers to spend more than half their day outside participating in group activities, nature exploration, and more!
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      2. Connecting with cool critters.

      The Nature Museum is home to lots of amazing animals, and campers get the chance to see (and even touch!) a selection of them up close. These awesome interactions are paired with the day’s topic and relate back to Chicagoland wildlife.
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      3. Exploring and experimenting.

      With the Museum grounds as their classroom, campers are encouraged to get messy, explore, and dig into the world of nature and science.

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      4. Making friends.

      During our two-week sessions, campers get the chance to explore and play in small teams as well as larger groups. This provides plenty of opportunities to build social skills and make new friends.

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      5. Opportunities for the whole family.

      Grown-ups and campers alike love our open houses and camp out. Camp families get the chance to connect with camp counselors and directors, and campers get to sing songs, play games, and highlight projects they’ve been working on.

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      5. Nature in the city.

      The Nature Museum is located in the heart of Lincoln Park, making it easy to get to and from camp. Our unique location also gives campers the opportunity to explore Chicago nature up close.

    Want to experience Chicago’s nature camp for yourself? Click here to learn more about this summer’s offerings.

    Nicole Juppe & Rebecca Brokaw
    Nature Museum Camp Directors

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  • Sharing Our Story as a 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Finalist

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    Created: 3/8/2019      Updated: 3/11/2019

    I am very excited to announce that The Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has been selected as a finalist for the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The medal is the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries that make exceptional contributions to their communities, and only 30 museums and libraries in the country have been nominated. Medals will be awarded in May to 10 institutions.

    The award committee focused on our educational outreach, both in the Museum and across Chicago. As you know, education has always been an integral part of the Museum, dating back to our early Academy days. By 1900, we’d established ourselves as a leading educational resource for area teachers and students, and our impact has only grown since then. Today, we engage more than 1,500 local teachers and more than 50,000 students in more than 78,000 contact hours each year – that’s more hands-on teaching than any other museum in Chicago! Add that amazing outreach to the 321,000 visitors we welcome every year and the 700 C3 leaders we’ve trained. Our impact throughout the city is undeniable.

    To achieve this kind of outreach is no small feat, and we’re thrilled that IMLS is giving us the chance to talk about this on a national scale. This is truly the result of the hard work and dedication of our staff, volunteers, and leadership.

    We appreciate your support and look forward to continuing to positively impact our community through our immersive exhibits, family events, and in-depth education programs.

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