Parent & Caregiver Workshops

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Is your group interested in learning about and practicing how to best engage and support students’ nature and science learning?

Time of Year
All Year

A Parent and Caregiver Workshop builds parents’ comfort and confidence with engaging their children in local, real world learning experiences around nature and science topics. In these workshops, parents will discover how exploring Chicago’s urban nature is an accessible entry point for social and emotional learning and how it provides opportunities for students to develop life-long interests in science and the natural world.

Parents and caregivers will practice strategies to foster foundational interdisciplinary skills like critical thinking, communication, and collaboration as they help their children build science identities by looking more closely at the nature all around them.


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What lives and grows in your neighborhood? Explore outdoor learning strategies to engage your students in investigating nature just outside your door.

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Come visit the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and experience the wonder and awe of looking closely at real things. Engage in strategies to harness the natural curiosity of your students to explore cultural institutions.

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Help your students look more closely and think more deeply about the local nature around them. Learn how community scientists collect data and explore ways to integrate technology into your students’ science learning.

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Experience the power of nature in supporting social emotional learning. Learn how exploring local nature and real objects can spark wonder and awe, and support the development of your students’ identities as lifelong learners and collaborators.

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Learn more about local butterflies and the conservation work of Nature Museum scientists. You’ll get an opportunity to look up close at real butterflies and learn ways to support your students’ science learning.

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Learn more about the living things that make Chicago home. Explore strategies for observing and understanding the lives of urban wildlife close by and identify ways to help your students engage in the outdoors.

Workshop Series

Looking for more ways to engage your parent and caregiver groups? Register your group in a series of workshops tailored to your goals and interests. This series can occur entirely at the Nature Museum or can have workshops that occur both at your school/in your community and at the Nature Museum.

The series of workshops we suggest is:

  • Nature in Your Neighborhood
  • Engaging in Museum Learning
  • Be a Community Scientist
  • Nature and Social Emotional Learning

Cost & Inquiry Form

Each two-hour interactive workshop includes actionable strategies and take-away resources.

  • $400 for each 2-hour workshop
  • If you take a series of 3-4 workshops, the partnership will also include a bus reimbursement for a trip to the Nature Museum

Ready to start the conversation? Fill out an inquiry form via the button below.

If you have additional questions or need special accommodations, please contact the Nature Museum Education Department by emailing us at

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