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. Groups can delve into a hands-on workshop about bugs, planting seeds, habitats, and other topics.
Contact Info 
Address: 2430 North Cannon Dr., Chicago, IL 60614. Tel: 773-755-5100. Email: Website: 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.

Nature Centers Fun Facts

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. In the United States, we use enough office paper each year to build a 10-foot-high wall that’s 6,815 miles long. That’s more than the distance from New York to Tokyo!

Trees can also clean the soil and air by absorbing harmful pollutants. So what have you done for a tree lately? Nature centers provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and trees, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.

Follow up your trip by planting a tree or proposing a conservation program for your group.