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  • 8:30 am-9:30 am February 23, Thursday

    Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N. Cannon Dr. Chicago, IL 60614

    Museum Toddler Time

    Children & Family | Recurring Event: Thursdays in February

    Museum Toddler Time

    Description

    Looking for a fun kid-friendly outing? Steer your stroller to the Nature Museum every Thursday this month! Visitors with strollers will enjoy early admission at 8:30 am, complimentary coffee, and early-childhood-focused programming as part of Museum Toddler Time. With a new theme each week, young visitors will interact with favorite exhibits in new ways, and enjoy play and story time in our Hands-On Habitat

    Cost: Free with admission

    Don't forget, Illinois residents can enjoy free admission as part of our Suggested Donation Thursdays!

  • 11:00 am-2:00 pm February 23, Thursday

    Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N. Cannon Dr. Chicago, IL 60614

    Animal All-Stars: Meet Our New Rats

    Children & Family

    Animal All-Stars: Meet Our New Rats

    Description

    Say hello to our adorable new residents! The tiny rats are the newest addition to the Istock Family Look-In Lab, and we need your help to name them! Starting today, visitors will be able to see the rats in person, as well as stop by the Look-In Lab to cast their vote.

    Throughout the day we'll be featuring Critter Connections, live feedings and drop-by acitvities, all highlighting this special species.

    11 to 11:20 - CRITTER CONNECTION — Get hands-on with this week’s Animal All-Star!
    11 to 12 - SPECIMEN VIEWING — Check out specimens of our Animal All-Star from our Collections!
    11:30 to 12:30 - ALL-­STAR SKETCHING — Doodle away! Our Animal All-Star comes out at 12:00pm as a live model.
    1 to 1:20 - ALL­-STAR FEEDING — Find out what and how our Animal All-Star eats!
    1:30 to 1:50 - SPECIAL CRITTER CONNECTION — One of our biologists will bring out an All-Star not usually seen during Critter Connections!

    Cost: Free with admission

  • 2:00 pm-2:15 pm February 23, Thursday

    Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N. Cannon Dr. Chicago, IL 60614

    Butterfly Release

    Children & Family | Recurring Event: Every day

    Butterfly Release

    Description

    Join us every day at 2:00 p.m. in the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven as we release newly emerged butterflies into the Haven for the first time! Watch as they take their first flight!

    Cost: Free with admission

  • 6:00 pm-8:30 pm February 23, Thursday

    Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N. Cannon Dr. Chicago, IL 60614

    Lake Michigan's Beauty & Fragility

    Adult

    Lake Michigan's Beauty & Fragility

    Description

    Join us for an evening of conversation and exploration, revealing challenges faced by Lake Michigan and opportunities to take action in support of this important natural resource.

    For the first part of the evening, we will feature scientists and teachers from Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and the Center for Great Lakes Literacy.  They will share their research and stewardship opportunities in a fair-type setting, offering you one-on-one conversations with people who are working every day to maintain the health of Lake Michigan.

    Then, hear from a distinguished panel of experts from the Alliance for the Great Lakes, the Field Museum, and Shedd Aquarium.

    Finally, reflect on what you’ve learned with your fellow participants and identify your own next steps to preserve our Great Lakes.

    Refreshments will be provided at no cost and the Museum will be open for exploration, including the photography exhibit, Surface Tension, highlighting the beauty and fragility of Lake Michigan with photos from Nelson Armour and Ted Glasoe.

    6:00-7:00pm – Action Expo

    7:00-8:30pm – Panel Discussion

    Cost: Free

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