Although the mode of delivery of the Museum’s mission has changed, its essence has remained true. Creating a positive relationship between people and nature has always been the goal and will continue to be the goal.
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.
A few Chicago monarchs in research study due at Day of the Dead this week in Mexico. Their journey is precarious. It requires evading predators; enduring severe weather and food shortages; and crossing nearly 3,000 miles, one flutter after another. Yet they persist.
The arrival of warm temperatures and more hours of daylight has quickly turned our thoughts to summer and to spending more time outdoors. My first inclination is to walk outdoors and watch for nature in unsuspecting places, including just steps outside the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s front door here in Lincoln Park.
Every day we use, apply and celebrate science here at the Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. It is a privilege to welcome our guests and curious students into the wonders of nature – wonders that are more easily understood and appreciated because of science.
With melting snow and the first promising signs of Spring, I’m eager to be outdoors watching for those signs, including feeling warmer moist air, and listening closely for more bird songs. In these reflections, I’m reminded how fortunate I am to have access to nature through urban parks, trees, gardens, rivers, and our beloved Lake Michigan.
As we reflect on a day dedicated to a fearless and inclusive leader, I am reminded of all the insightful lessons Martin Luther King Jr. has gifted us through his words and actions. These lessons have the ability to resonate with many different elements of our lives.
Call it a nature “time out” or escape outdoors. Our family finds that time in nature, particularly in the quite of winter, is restorative and a time for reflection and connection.
Our Midwest Thanksgivings are accentuated by the profound season change to autumn, featuring abundant harvests, wildlife preparing for winter and leaves changing color then dropping along with the temperature. The holiday brings our relationships into focus through nature’s lens and through family gatherings.
Statement by Deborah Lahey, President and CEO of the Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum regarding the United States announcement to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.