We hope you and your family are safe and healthy at home, but we know how difficult it is to be away from school, friends, and activities. That's why we're happy to provide you with this new email series, dedicated to a day's worth of nature and science facts, activities, guiding questions to ask your kids, and more. Check out the links below for each day's theme and activities, and then subscribe to the newsletter to receive more!
Additionally, follow the Nature Museum on our social media channels for a behind-the-scenes look as we continue taking care of our live animals and butterflies!
Past Wonder at Home Emails
Explore this cool topic with your kids through videos and activities.
Originally published March 16, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Explore turtle shells, camouflage, and more!
Originally published March 17, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Learn how frogs swallow their food, the difference between toads and frogs, and more!
Originally published March 18, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Check out young reader-friendly articles about our scientists and a virtual Story Time!
Originally published March 19, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Warm weather is on the way, but how did our animal friends survive the winter? Read on to learn more!
Originally published March 20, 2020Check out the Newsletter
These amazing amphibians come in a variety of colors and sizes, and many of them call Illinois home! Read on to learn more.
Originally published March 23, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Let's take a look at some of the plants you can find around the Nature Museum and in your own backyard! Read on to learn more.
Originally published March 24, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Although you can't meet our snakes in-person right now, we still want to highlight how amazing they are. Read on to learn more about snakes!
Originally published March 25, 2020Check out the Newsletter
We use our 350,000-piece collection to bring Chicagoans closer to nature. Keep reading to explore our collections and start making your own!
Originally published March 26, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Let's meet some of the birds you might find in your backyard and around the Nature Museum!
Originally published March 27, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Explore the differences between cocoons and chrysalises, experience the monarch life cycle, and more!
Originally published March 30, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Although you can't see the lizards in our Dragons Alive! exhibit right now, we can take a closer look at some of them and also discover some of the lizards that call Illinois home!
Originally published March 31, 2020Check out the Newsletter
People often get butterflies and moths confused, and it's easy to see why! Learn more about moths here!
Originally published April 1, 2020Check out the Newsletter
We're celebrating this day by bringing you three virtual Story Times, plus some Story Time recommendations from our team.
Originally published April 2, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Meet our adorable domesticated rats! Learn about what they eat and more!
Originally published April 3, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Explore beetles, make a scientific drawing, and more!
Originally published April 6, 2020Check out the Newsletter
There are a variety of community science projects out there with different commitment levels. We're going to highlight a few that you can get involved in this month!
Originally published April 7, 2020Check out the Newsletter
We know you're missing our turtle-y awesome friends Manny, Charlie, and the rest of our Nature Museum turtles. So, we've dedicated the newsletter to bringing our box turtles and Blanding's turtles to you!
Originally published April 8, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Mollusks are a group of invertebrates with soft bodies that live in aquatic or damp habitats. Read on to learn more about these cool aquatic creatures!
Originally published April 9, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Different animals have different types of body coverings to help them survive. Although some animals have more than one type of covering, there are five basic types.
Originally published April 10, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Learn more about these adorable birds living in the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven!
Originally published April 13, 2020Check out the Newsletter
If you've ever walked through our Nature Trails, you've probably encountered the many squirrels that live on our grounds! Read on to explore these awesome animals!
Originally published April 14, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Let's discover the art in nature!
Originally published April 15, 2020Check out the Newsletter
We're taking a closer look at six butterflies you're likely to see in the city!
Originally published April 16, 2020Check out the Newsletter
We're taking a closer look at these misunderstood, and extremely important, animals!
Originally published April 17, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Let's learn about composting, worms, and more!
Originally published April 20, 2020Check out the Newsletter
If you love pollinators as much as we do, you’re probably aware of the recent population decline of many pollinator species. We're taking a closer look at the things we can do to help our local pollinators.
Originally published April 21, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and although we can't celebrate it in the way we originally planned, there are lots of ways we can mark this event from home.
Originally published April 22, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Did you know that Lake Michigan is the largest public drinking water supply in the state of Illinois? Even though the lake is large, it's not an unlimited supply. Let's learn some simple steps we can all take to help conserve water at home!
Originally published April 23, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Did you know that Chicagoans as a whole recycle less than 10% of our waste? We can all work to do better!
Originally published April 24, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Although some people are afraid of bees, these fuzzy friends are an extremely important part of our ecosystem!
Originally published April 27, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Although there are more than 300 species of hummingbirds, the only hummingbird we're likely to see in Chicago is the ruby-throated hummingbird. Let's explore this beauty!
Originally published April 28, 2020Check out the Newsletter
We spend a lot of time talking about how important bees and butterflies are to pollinating plants, but they aren't the only ones who help! In fact, there are a lot of other insects to play a role in pollination, too!
Originally published April 29, 2020Check out the Newsletter
There's ssso much to say about our slithery snake pals, so we're taking a closer look at them in today's newsletter! Keep reading to find out some answers to your common snake questions!
Originally published April 30, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Today would have marked our 22nd Butterfly Ball, and although we cannot celebrate the way we had originally planned, we are taking this opportunity to focus on some of our history and our premier exhibit–the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven!
Originally published May 1, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Animals have developed all kinds of adaptations to help them survive. Some are poisonous, some have protective shells, and some have coloring that helps them blend into their surroundings. Let's explore some cool camouflaged critters!
Originally published May 4, 2020Check out the Newsletter
A habitat is the area in which a group of plants and animals live and interact. If an animal is in the right habitat, they'll have access to shelter, food, water, and a place to raise their young! Let's learn more about habitats!
Originally published May 5, 2020Check out the Newsletter
It's amazing how animals change as they grow up! While some are born looking a lot like their parents, others go through a huge transformation. Even wilder, some babies are on their own from the moment they hatch! Let's learn more about some baby animals and their parents.
Originally published May 6, 2020Check out the Newsletter
You asked and our scientists answered! In today's newsletter, we're answering some of your most common questions. Have other questions? Be sure to drop us a line and maybe we'll include it in our next Frequently Asked Questions roundup!
Originally published May 7, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Although we can't offer our Spanish Through Nature course right now, we can still explore Spanish vocabulary and the natural world! Read on for stories, resources, and more!
Originally published May 8, 2020Check out the Newsletter
We're taking another look at frogs and toads! Keep reading for stories, Critter Connections, and more. Don't forget you can also pair these activities with our first frog and toad email, and with our frog-themed Story Time.
Originally published May 11, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Today, we're taking a closer look at spiders. Some people think they're scary, but they're actually helpful! Not only are most of them harmless to people, they're actually very beneficial. They eat lots of insects that damage crops, and they also eat insects that can carry disease. Let's explore them some more!
Originally published May 12, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Waterfowl are birds that live on or near water. Ducks, geese, and swans are all waterfowl, so they have a lot of similarities. They all have webbed feet, and broad, flat bills. But they have a lot of differences too. Let's explore them!
Originally published May 13, 2020Check out the Newsletter
We're celebrating Drawing Day a little early so that we can explore art and nature together! Not only can drawing nature teach us a lot about the world around us, drawing is an amazing tool in helping us learn!
Originally published May 14, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Today is an important day. It's Endangered Species Day, a day to learn about endangered species and how to protect them. We're focusing on some of the endangered species that our scientists work with every single day.
Originally published May 15, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Museums make it possible for us to learn from the past, better understand our present, and plan for the future. We're proud of our 163-year history and place as Chicago's first public museum. So, today, we're taking a look at a part of our 350,000-piece collection.
Originally published May 18, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Camouflage and special body coverings are two ways that animals protect themselves from other animals. But there are some other defensive behaviors that we haven't talked about yet! Let's explore some of the amazing ways that animals protect themselves.
Originally published May 19, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Happy World Bee Day! Today is the perfect day to recognize how important bees are. They're the most prolific pollinators in the world! Let's spend more time learning about these fuzzy friends.
Originally published May 20, 2020Check out the Newsletter
As Chicagoans, we're in a really unique position! We live close to several different types of bodies of water, including lakes, ponds, and rivers. But what is the difference between them? And what types of animals live in them? Let's take a closer look!
Originally published May 21, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Today is the International Day for Biological Diversity. Our scientists are dedicated to conserving and bolstering the biodiversity of our native species. But what does that mean? And why is it important? Let's explore this topic.
Originally published May 22, 2020Check out the Newsletter
What is a habitat? A habitat is the area in which a group of plants and animals live and interact. An animal's habitat provides it with food, shelter, and a place to raise its young. Although all habitats share the same basic function, they can vary a lot!
Originally published May 26, 2020Check out the Newsletter
Although we often associate milkweed with the monarch butterfly, there are lots of other insects to discover on this incredible plant! Today, we're exploring some lesser-known milkweed residents!
Originally published May 27, 2020Check out the Newsletter