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Membership Clubs & Prairie Leadership Circles of Giving


Connect to the World of Nature and Science

We invite you to join a select group of individuals who care deeply about science and the wonderful work that happens here at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

You can make a difference today by supporting all of the Nature Museum’s conservation research and innovative educational programs for Chicago’s school children.

With your philanthropic gift, you will now receive family membership benefits, along with behind-the-scenes access to the museum and invitations to exclusive events.

  • Donors interacting with living collections

    Naturalist Club - $250 

    Includes all of the benefits listed above, plus:
    • -Two additional guests every time you visit

      -Invitations to exclusive donor events, such as private receptions with artists, authors, and scientists

      -Periodic Nature Museum updates from President Deb Lahey

  • Grandmother with grandchildren

    Conservation Club -$500 

    Includes all of the benefits listed above, plus:
    • - Special access to our scientists and conservation research through an invitation to our annual President’s reception
    • - Updates regarding critical conservation work from our scientists

Join a Club Today!

Prairie Circles of Membership

Join an exclusive group of people who are passionate about the Nature Museum’s education and conservation work, and our mission to grow our region’s urban connection to the world of nature and science.

Named after native Illinois prairie animals, these groups are a great way to share your love of nature, and support innovative educational programs and local conservation work at the same time.

Leadership donors have access to all the Nature Museum has to offer, including membership benefits, invitations to exclusive donor events, and much more. All benefits in the Prairie Circles are cumulative—enjoy unique opportunities at every level!

Join the Prairie Circles Today!

  • Buckeye butterfly

    Butterfly Circle - $1,000+

    - Invitation to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven

    - A nature gift, selected by a museum curator

  • Meadowlark

    Meadowlark Circle - $2,500+ 

    - Invitation to a behind-the-scenes tour of the scientific or live animal collections
  • Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

    Cottontail Circle - $5,000+

    - Invitation to a summer prairie walk around the Nature Museum’s grounds
  • Red Fox

    Red Fox Circle - $10,000+

    - A private Butterfly Haven tour for your group of 8 people, led by Curator Doug Taron
  • Bison

    Bison Circle - $25,000+

    - A private reception and tour of the Museum for your group of up to 8 people, with President Deb Lahey

How to Join the Prairie Leadership Circles of Giving:

For more information about giving to the Nature Museum, please contact us at
773-755-5148 or at

All memberships are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. Please consult your tax professional for additional information.

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