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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.


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.


First Flight Butterfly Release

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.

Virtual Story Time with Chicago Public Library


Visit with the colorful, winged inhabitants of Judy Istock Butterfly Haven at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for a very special story time! Librarian Megan will join staff from the museum to learn all about butterflies and read books about them. You'll even get to help decide what we learn about in this interactive story […]


Lillstreet Arts & Crafts Drop By

Stop by the Nature Museum and craft your own piece of spring with the Lillstreet Art Center. All materials are provided. Cost: Free with admission. Masks are recommended but are not required for this drop-by program.

Mammals and More

How much can a sloth eat in a day? And what does an armadillo sound like? Join our special guests from the Flying Fox Conservation Fund to learn about some of the most unique animals in the world and get up close with a sloth, an armadillo, and more! A portion of the proceeds goes […]

$6 – $10