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Critter Connection

Meet the animals that call the Nature Museum home! Get to know our turtles, snakes, and more through this interactive program. Learn where they live, what they eat, and what they do to survive life in the wild. This program is free with admission.

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Animal Feeding

What do the Nature Museum animals eat? How do they find food? How does their Museum diet compare to what they would eat in the wild? Join us for this interactive program to learn more and watch our animals eat. This program is free with admission.

Free
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First Flight Butterfly Release

Judy Istock Butterfly Haven

Watch swallowtails, longwings, and more take flight for the very first time! Learn all about their journey to the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven and their amazing life cycle. Then, welcome our newly-emerged butterflies and moths to their new home and watch them fly for the first time. This program is free with admission.

Saturday with the Snakes

Slither over to the Nature Museum on Saturday, October 30, for a sssuper sssensational celebration of snakes! Trick-or-treat with our resident cold-blooded critters, create your own ceramic snake with Lillstreet Art Center, get up close with unique preserved collections, and participate in a costume contest for a special surprise. The ticket price includes museum admission.

Free – $25

Wind Birds Over the Windy City: Stories of Shorebird Conservation

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Dr. Abby Sterling, a shorebird biologist at Manomet working on the Georgia Bight Shorebird Conservation Initiative, will highlight some of these incredible shorebird stories, and explain how protecting shorebird habitat at strategically important locations can have positive impacts across the Western Hemisphere. Few sights are as compelling as a flock of thousands of shorebirds taking […]

Free

Fall Family Yoga

Join our friends at Buddha Belly Kids Yoga for an energizing family-friendly yoga class. BBKY is a mobile yoga + mindfulness company founded by educators and dedicated to nurturing kids’ innate desire for movement and play. This class provides a medium for families to unplug and bond in the most playful of ways. Children and their […]

$15