About Us

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Our Mission

To create a positive relationship between people and nature to grow our region's connection to the world of nature and science.

Our Vision

A future where all people value and champion the science and wonder of nature.

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Our Science

Part of our mission is doing science. At the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences (Nature Museum), we conduct and disseminate scientific research.

Part of our mission is doing science. At the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences (Nature Museum, CAS/PNNM), we conduct and disseminate scientific research. We do this through hypothesis formulation and evidence-based testing, by curating and making accessible the museum’s extensive collections, by applying what we learn to the conservation and restoration of species and ecosystems, and through exhibits, education, and outreach.

The need and the opportunity for science is great. The United States and other countries are experiencing an uptick in social and political polarization. This leads to contentious assertations often purported to arise out of science. Rejection of science has become strident and science itself politicized. Adding to the confusion is the proliferation of pseudoscience in which explanations carry the appearance being scientific but tend to be developed in opposition to rather than in collaboration with science. Pseudoscience can be recognized by ideas remaining static rather than incorporating new knowledge, and by the absence of evidence or validation through the precision of the scientific
method. Collectively, rejecting science, politicizing science, and the proliferation of pseudoscience results in poorly informed responses to threats affecting humans and nature at both local and global scales.

Fortunately, museums continue be viewed as trustworthy sources of information.

Museums consistently rank among the most trusted institutions in the US. Research commissioned by AAM in 2001 found almost 9 out of 10 Americans find museums to be trustworthy—and no other institution rated a similar level of trust. Subsequent research, including reports issued by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (2008), Reach Advisors (2015), IMPACTS Research (2017), Wilkening Consulting (2018), and IMPACTS Research (2020) tracked sustained high levels of public trust in museums throughout the beginning of the 21st century.[1]

As a scientific and educational institution, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences is well positioned to be a thoughtful and impactful voice in such conversations.

What is science? What is scientific research?

The term science can and should be applied to the idea of a canonical body of information, the process of discovery through observation, the development of theories and ideas as logical constructs, or the application of the scientific method to formulate and test ideas and hypotheses. The kind and quality of scientific information that results can differ, depending on which of these aspects of science apply to the research question and circumstances.

In order to create clarity and minimize confusion, it is incumbent on organizations such as ours to be consistently clear in our presentations, exhibits, education and outreach what aspects of science of are being addressed.

The term research also merits clarity and can be a source of confusion. People are admonished to “do their research.” Yet, the admonition often means just looking online. The quality of online science information varies widely, and the evaluation of such information can suffer from the common tendency to seek confirmation rather than challenge one’s existing beliefs. CAS/PNNM can minimize confusion regarding our own scientific activities and offerings by clarifying and restricting the use of the term research. At the CAS/PNNM, research applies to rigorous scholarship aimed at discovering facts, creating and applying ideas, testing for patterns in data, and applying the scientific method.

Being a Credible Voice for Science

In order to credibly and effectively communicate our mission, content for all of our exhibits and programs should adhere to standards of factual correctness. The information presented should be:

  • Scientifically accurate and up to date
  • Accurate in representing the state of debate on the topic
  • Developed with appropriate content expertise. We don’t always have a particular expertise in-house and may need to develop content through partnership (e.g. Weather to Climate: Our Changing World exhibit)
  • Developed from information that is sourced appropriately, with sources correctly acknowledged
  • Provided in the proper context. Such context does not require promoting positions held by small minorities of researchers, nor does it mean granting equal time to all opposing views. We anticipate that there will always be areas of tension regarding the point at which multiple viewpoints are held by sufficient numbers of informed people that opposing views should be presented. At what level does a minority viewpoint become sufficiently small as to not require attention in our exhibits? For example, the realities of evolution and of human-caused climate change are both accepted by the vast majority of practitioners in those fields, however it is still possible to find scientists who reject one or both of these ideas.

Our content should represent diverse viewpoints and voices and therefore should:

  • Be developed with appropriate cultural expertise. Information that is about or presented in the context of a particular culture should not merely be vetted by members of that cultural group. Members of that group should play an active role in the development of the content
  • Present diverse voices

Our content will sometimes require that we endorse a particular position or advocate for a certain set of actions.

  • We should not shy away from making recommendations for courses of action in our offerings, however it is essential that we remain very aware, and clear, of when we are being prescriptive and when we are being descriptive.
  • We should provide impact hypotheses that provide both known and theorized causal links between human actions and their impacts on nature and natural phenomenon. Our position may be the need to verify or learn more about consequential impact hypotheses.
  • We should guide consumers of our content in distinguishing science from pseudoscience.

Unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees on June 23, 2022

[1] American Alliance of Museums, 2021 (https://www.aam-us.org/2021/09...)

Our Diversity Charter

Learn about the Nature Museum's commitment to cultivating diversity at all levels.

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences (Nature Museum) strives to create a positive relationship between people and nature. A key component of our mission is to be the urban gateway to nature and science. Much of our institutional efforts are focused on the greater Chicago region, its biota (including people), and its ecosystems.

Just as ecosystems that are biologically diverse show greater productivity, resilience, and ecological integrity, the Nature Museum embraces and encourages diversity at all levels. Doing so helps make our institution stronger, better able to partner with communities, and to fulfill our mission. We can only effectively function as a gateway to nature and science by actively engaging everyone.

Our commitment to cultivating diversity is perpetual and integrated into all aspects of our operations. We are examining and acknowledging racism, sexism, and all other forms of oppression in both the past and present of our institution and field. Our path forward will not always be clear. We will never stop learning and progressing as we aspire to be equitable, and inclusive in service to our communities.

For a downloadable version of the Nature Museum Diversity Charter, click here.

Unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees on October 22, 2021

Our Values & Responsibilities Charter

At the Nature Museum, we share values and responsibilities that represent the bedrock of our institution and are inextricably intertwined. At our core, we are guided by: Integrity, Equity, Teamwork, Stewardship, and Excellence

At the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences (Nature Museum), we share values and responsibilities that represent the bedrock of our institution and are inextricably intertwined. At our core, we are guided by:

Integrity

  • Our mission drives our work. We maintain high standards of ethics and honesty in all aspects of our operations and conduct.
  • We value and respect each other and all of our stakeholders’ diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, histories, and identities.
  • We keep our commitments and hold ourselves accountable to our stakeholders, partners, and communities.
  • We are a trustworthy source of information. The content we provide is accurate and reflects our current understanding of the subjects that we present.

Equity

  • We work as active agents of change and aspire to a more equitable society in the present and future.
  • We embrace and encourage diversity at all levels. Our pledge to cultivating diversity is perpetual and integrated into all aspects of our operations.
  • We are committed to generating equitable and universal access to our resources through breaking down barriers

Teamwork

  • Our work does not move forward by just one person but through teamwork. The successes of the Nature Museum are built on the foundation of a collaborative, inclusive, and transparent organization.
  • We value collaboration with others, including other organizations, community groups, and the scientific community.

Stewardship

  • We are stewards of all that comprises the Nature Museum, including our collections, scientific and educational knowledge, and financial resources. We continue to cultivate our collections and knowledge, committed to their preservation and development.
  • We aim to foster a universal sense of responsibility toward nature through working with partners and communities. Stewardship is a shared effort through which we can collectively create positive social and environmental impacts.

Excellence

  • We expect and strive for excellence in all aspects of our work and conduct, both in our individual practices and as a collective. We consider excellence as a an iterative process of improvement that involves moments of vulnerability and self critique.
  • Our work is interactive and affects a diverse array of stakeholders—including members, guests, Trustees, donors, volunteers, schools, and community-based organizations. We are responsible for acting according to our values, to the benefit of all people. We take our duties to each of these groups very seriously:

The Institution

  • We are charged with ensuring the short- and long-term health of the Nature Museum. Since our founding in 1857, our institutional goals continue to adapt to social and environmental changes.
  • We are grateful for our various successes. We recognize our duty to use our collective knowledge to serve and effect positive change.
  • We engage all of our stakeholders in the importance of scientific literacy, and reflect this through our research and programs. We ensure that science is, and remains, the foundation for all of our work.
  • We recognize our role as stewards of irreplaceable natural and cultural heritage resources, and hold these items in the public trust for future generations.
  • We recognize our role as stewards of the financial health of the institution and of the contributions of our donors.
  • We have a responsibility to uphold professional, legal, and ethical standards in our operations and activities.

Our Staff

  • We acknowledge our responsibility to build a workplace culture rooted in equity, diversity, and inclusion, so as to inspire a sense of belonging among our staff members.
  • We provide opportunities for personal and professional growth to all staff members, which we recognize and encourage.

Our Community

  • We act in the best interests of all our stakeholders and serve as stewards of the natural world and its biota, both for today and for future generations.
  • We commit to creating and sharing resources in ways that are more equitable, inclusive, and accessible, based on collaborative practices that engage communities and stakeholders as peers and co-creators.
  • We strive to increase diversity in scientific fields and inspire curiosity and inquiry among people of all ages.

Our Region and Planet

  • Our mission has never been more relevant, nor more important. In the face of a rapidly changing climate, we stand at a pivotal moment for the planet, as we confront environmental, social, and political crises. We shall always provide credible information and collaborate with our partners to serve as a conduit for best practices that can inspire positive action to improve future prospects for humanity and the planet.

For a downloadable version of the Nature Museum Values & Responsibilities Statement, click here.

Unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees on October 22, 2021

Our Leadership Team

The Nature Museum’s Leadership Team strives to uphold our mission and educate our visitors about the ever present connection between nature, the Chicago region and its residents.

Erin Amico- President & CEO

Zack Ater- Senior Director of Guest Experience and Engagement

Chad Coker- Vice President of Finance

Miranda Kerr- Head of Learning Innovation

Dan Moss- Vice President of Advancement

Sara Persky- Vice President of Marketing

Alvaro Ramos- Chief Curator of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum & VP of Museum Experience

Dawn Roberts- Senior Director of Collections

Allison Sacerdote-Velat, Ph.D.- Curator of Biology and Herpetology / VP of Conservation Research

Doug Taron, Ph.D.- Chief Curator Emeritus

Our Board of Trustees

Nature Museum Trustees shape our mission and purpose and set the strategic framework and long-term plan. They are some of the Museum’s most generous supporters and articulate ambassadors.

Nature Museum trustees shape our mission and purpose and set the strategic framework and long-term plan.

They are some of the Museum’s most generous supporters and articulate ambassadors. They play an integral role in supporting all Museum initiatives. The trustees are a diverse group of leaders from fields such as business, science, law, non-profit, and education.

Chair

Robert Frentzel, Executive Managing Director and President Commercial Banking, CIBC Bank USA

Vice Chair

Michelle Hawver, Civic Leader

Stacie Selinger, Head of Investor Relations, GCM Grosvenor

Secretary

Lisa Brown Tribbett, Civic Leader

Treasurer

Meredith Mendes, Civic Leader

Trustees

Dana Arnett, Founder and Chairman, VSA Partners

Michael G. Babbitt, Partner, Willkie Farr and Gallagher LLP

Jennie Huang Bennett, Associate Vice President of Finance, University of Chicago

Nadalie Bosse, Vice President, North American Customer Service Centers, W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Dr. Joel Brown, Dist. Professor of Biology, Emeritus, University of Illinois, Chicago, Senior Member, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa

Leslie Henner Burns, Independent Futures Trader

Gregory C. Case, President and CEO, Aon Corporation

Leslie A. Coolidge, Civic Leader

Dr. Tasha Green Cruzat, President, Children’s Advocates for Change

Peggy Mathy Diamond, Civic Leader

Joseph V. Dolan, Senior Vice President, PNC Financial Services Group

Charles Douglas, Jr., Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

John Edelman, Managing Director, Global Engagement and Corporate Responsibility, Edelman

Meg George, Office Managing Partner, Akerman, LLP

Teresa George, Partner, McKinsey & Company

David Hackett*, Partner, Baker McKenzie LLC

Rich Hanson, Principal, Avison Young

Michelle Hawver, Civic Leader

Bill Jackson, Executive Director, Discovery Partners Institute, University of Illinois

Tanya Jaeger de Foras, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Corporate Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer Ingredion Inc.

Todd Jensen, Managing Director, KPMG LLP

Kaidi Johnson, Vice President- Legal, DEI and ESG, Motorola Solutions Inc.

Rock Khanna, Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, Citadel

Nicole N. Lacy, Civic Leader

Denise Lintz, VP, Enterprise Portfolio Management & Technology Shared Services, UScellular

Amy Lucas, Senior Human Resources Manager, ITW

Dr. James A. Montgomery, Associate Professor and Director, Environmental Science Program, DePaul University

Gail Moss, Civic Leader

Sheila Mulligan, General Manager, Corporate Advisory, Edelman

John Murphy, Vice Chairman, MB Real Estate

James C. Murray*, Partner, PJT Partners

Nicole Nocera, Civic Leader

Peggy Notebaert, Civic Leader

Erin Ohlms, Chief Investment Officer

Art Reliford, Sr., Retired Educator

Joanne Rodriguez, Founder & CEO, Mycocycle, Inc.

Robert E. Sarazen, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs & Co.

M. Ben Settle, Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners

Christina Speh, Chief Compliance Officer, Wintrust Financial Corporation

Marianne Stanke, Managing Director, Deloitte

Alison Taylor, Chief Sustainability Officer, Archer Daniels Midland Company

Jaclyn Trovato-Wickersham, Vice President, Human Resources, ComEd an Exelon Corporation

Dr. Nancy Tuchman, Founding Dean, School of Environmental Sustainability, Loyola University

Joan H. Walker*, Civic Leader

Brian Walls, Founder, Alternative Investments Group at COEX

Susan D. Whiting*, Director, Kemper Corp., Director, Alliant Energy

Richard J. Williams, Principal, Hlustik, Huizenga, Williams & Vander Woude, Ltd.

Colleen Zambole, Civic Leader

Jeffrey Zdenahlik, Associate Principal, Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Life Trustees

Frank M. Clark, Chairman and CEO (retired), ComEd

Thomas Cox, VP & CFO (retired), Illinois Bell

Benjamin F. Lenhardt, Jr., Chairman (retired), UBS Global Asset Management, (Americas) Inc.

Cathy Osborn, Civic Leader

Honorary Trustees

George M. Covington

Anne Thompson

*Past Board Chair

Annual Report and Financial Information

The annual report and financial information showcase the Museum’s accomplishments for the fiscal year in education, conservation and research, exhibitions, visitor experience and development.

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Term and Termination

These Terms and your right to use the Website and Content will terminate automatically if you breach these Terms. Upon termination of these Terms, you will cease all use of the Website and Content and destroy all copies thereof.

Severance and Waiver

You acknowledge and agree that if any provision of these Terms shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from these Terms and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions. Furthermore, if any provision of these Terms is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision. CAS/PNNM’s failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision unless acknowledged and agreed to in writing by CAS/PNNM.

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The Website is controlled by CAS/PNNM from its offices within the State of Illinois. Users choosing to access the Website do so at their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws. You agree that: (i) the statutes and laws of the United States and the State of Illinois, without regard to conflicts of laws principles, will apply to all matters relating to these Terms and your use of the Website and Content and (ii) any litigation will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state or federal courts in Cook County, Illinois. You hereby consent and submit to personal jurisdiction of such courts and to extra-territorial service of process. You agree that, regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the Website or any Content or these Terms must be filed by you within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred. You further agree that any disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with your use of the Website or any Content or these Terms will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action.

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