On May 23rd, 2015, Scientists for Tomorrow had over 120 students, instructors and parents attend the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. For many participants this was the first time they visited the nature museum which is located on 2430 N. Cannon Drive in Chicago.
The day was filled with diverse activities, encouraging SfT families to reconnect with the natural world. Participants observed and learned about the life of the butterflies and moths at the Butterfly Haven. Later, they sketched in detail a live Darkling Beetle and a Box Turtle. Participants further learned about animals and their behaviors in the Ethogram exhibit.
As the day continued students and their parents joined together to engage in the “Nature Scavenger Hunt” and the “Habitat Explorers” activities, both providing them a chance to explore the beautiful park outside by the North Pond. They also learned about how canals work in the “Water and You” exhibit, where they were able to manipulate water flow in miniature towns and dams.
David Bild, the Peggy NoteBaert Nature Museum Coordinator for Teen and Young Adult programs led the Native Plant workshop in which he talked about the history of plants native to Illinois. At the end of the workshop David gave all of the participants seeds and plants, giving them a little bit of nature to take home with them.
For the closing session, families had a lot to take away from this exciting event, granted with the occasion to view nature in a new and appreciative way.
For more information about the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum you can visit them at http://www.naturemuseum.org