We’re continuing Halloween week by exploring some of the natural colors of autumn. Take a special fall nature walk with us, and learn why leaves change color, in today’s Curious By Nature!
Keep the Halloween fun going with the activities below! Don’t forget, we want to see your nature-themed pumpkins! Don’t forget to share your amazing Halloween creations with us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
Support for the Nature Museum is provided by Rose Pest Solutions.
When you think of Halloween, what animals come to mind? Do you think of bats? Bats are fascinating mammals and they have some amazing adaptations that are a lot like a superhero’s super powers! Click here to take a closer look in our bats are superheroes handout.
Many bats have this special ability called echolocation that helps them navigate. Echolocation is a way of “seeing” with sound. Let’s explore this amazing ability by playing one of our all-time favorite activities, theBat and Moth Game! Click here to check out the instructions.
Did you know that the Friends of the Chicago River monitors bats? One of the organization’s fundamental goals is to help restore wildlife habitat in and along the Chicago River. They worked with scientists from the Forest Preserves of Cook County and identified bats, osprey, and turtles as river-dependent species that could benefit from some help. As of 2020, Friends has installed six maternity colony structures for bats! Click here to learn more about the Wildlife Monitors program.
National Bison Day is next week, and we’re marking the occasion with a special Curious By Nature LIVE! Join educators Nicole and Becca in our Wilderness Walk for an up-close look at one of our bison specimens. We’ll learn about bison and their habitat with a special focus on prairie plants! Click here to register your young scientist.