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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.

Registration for the 2019/2020 school year is now open.

For more information, select the type of group you plan to bring to the Museum:

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. Click the button to download a copy for your classroom. Please click here to download it as a pdf.

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