Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Originally started to hold the Chicago Academy’s growing scientific collection, today this museum has hands-on animal and art exhibits that will bring out the naturalist in anybody. Exhibits such as Mysteries of the Marsh and the interactive RiverWorks give groups a way to experience the complexities of nature, while the dioramas, butterfly greenhouse, and other displays let them get up close with animals and insects. Students can delve into a hands-on workshop about bugs, planting seeds, habitats, and other topics. Scouts can use the collections during a workshop to practice their skills in observation, identification, and much more.
 
Contact Info 
Address: 2430 North Cannon Dr., Chicago, IL 60614. Tel: 773-755-5100. Email: fieldtrip@naturemuseum.org. Website: www.naturemuseum.org. Hrs: Weekdays 9AM-5PM, Sat.-Sun. 10AM-5PM.
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1 hour-90 minutes. Cost: Fee.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Environmental Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Science. 

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. Nature centers and state parks provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and animals, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.... Continue