The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is the place to visit – rain or shine!
We are Chicago’s urban gateway to nature and science. Our exhibits, specimens, live animals, and conservation initiatives all focus on our region’s unique ecosystems. With more than 40 living animal species, the Nature Museum is one of the only museums where you can get up close and hands on with turtles, snakes, insects, and more! In addition to our living collections, we have thousands of preserved specimens – from rare extinct species to common plants and animals. These are just a few of the reasons why the Nature Museum is the perfect field trip destination!
From school (K-12) and scout groups to camps, daycares, park districts, and more – there are custom experiences just for you! Use our Field Trip Guide as a starting point to plan and make the most of your visit. Inspire your group to seek out, observe, and discover the nature found all around us with a trip to the Nature Museum.
Virtual Field Trips
In-person field trips to the Nature Museum are currently unavailable as a result of our building closure. Our educators are ready and available to bring field trip programming and more to your classroom virtually. Click here to get the conversation started.
Field Trip Workshops
Enhance your trip to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum with a field trip workshop! The Nature Museum offers a variety of science and nature workshops that correlate with Next Generation Science Standards. School groups can register for these creative, hands-on programs to enhance a field trip experience and enrich learning outside of school.
Nature Museum Social Narrative
Developed by our education staff and designed for children on the Autism Spectrum and with sensory processing disorders, the Social Narrative is an appropriate resource for all children curious about what to expect from a typical visit to the Nature Museum.
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