Visitors to The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: The Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences can honor nature when they celebrate Christmas and New Year’s. One can write a resolution on an ornament to hang on the Resolution Tree in the lobby; participate in the workshop “Trash to Treasure: Sounds of the Season” on the last weekend in December; or attend the child-friendly “Noon Year’s Eve” on Thursday, December 31, 2015.
A spokesman wrote, “Instead of repeating the same old tired year-end resolutions, make one for nature in 2016. With the New Year approaching, the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum are offering two ways for Chicagoans to show how they will recommit to nature.”
- Visit the Nature Museum and write and design your own resolution on one of our ornaments. Not only will this be displayed in the Museum’s Resolution Tree featured prominently in our front lobby, but guests can create a duplicate ornament to hang on your tree at home.
- Or, share your nature-focused resolution on social media using the hashtag #ResolutionForNature.
Marc Miller, Vice President of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, stated, “The holiday season is a magical time to visit the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Whether you warm up in the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, celebrate with our Noon Year’s Eve Party or make a resolution for nature, there are lots of ways for all ages to connect with nature and science.”
The Green Gifting DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Workshop is on Thursday, December 10, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This is an adult crafting workshop.
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum stated, “Sip on some cidar or cocoa and listen to holiday tunes while you learn DIY skills and make gifts for up to five people on your list.” The cost is $50 for members and $65 for non-members.
Spanish Through Nature: Parents and Tots for preschoolers (ages 1-4) is on Friday, December 11, 2015. This Session 2 class will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Please note that the “Nature Nuts!” program for preschoolers on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 is sold out.
The “Flying Fox Animal Show” will be on Saturday, December 26, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Visitors interact with Scott’s menagerie of creatures – reptiles, bats (and other mammals) – and learn about conservation. This event is free with museum admission.
The workshop “Trash to Treasure: Sounds of the Season” will take place on the last weekend in December (Saturday, December 26, 2015 and Sunday, December 27, 2015). This event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
It is free with museum admission. The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum stated, “Move, play, and sing with Lily Emerson, the Nature Museum’s Camp Artist in Residence, in this annual family workshop exploring the sounds of the season. Help Lily write lyrics for a new song celebrating nature in winter and play along to the tune with your own, newly-created musical instrument. Be sure to bring your holiday trash (wrapping paper, boxes, cards, etc.) to decorate your instruments and create Trash-to-Treasure thank you cards.”
Back by popular demand, the child-friendly “Noon Year’s Eve” is on Thursday, December 31, 2015. The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum stated the event will provide “families all the fun of the classic New Year’s celebration without the late bedtime! The celebration features a New Year’s countdown at noon and an apple juice toast.”
This event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will include eco-friendly party favors, games, and a dance party. The cost is $15 per adult member, $20 per adult non-member, and $10 for children three and up.
The exhibits Peanuts…Naturally and City Creatures: Animal Encounters in Chicago’s Urban Wilderness are also open through Sunday, January 3, 2016. The Judy Istock Butterfly Haven is permanent.
Founded in 1857, the Chicago Academy of Sciences (C.A.S.) gave scientists and nature lovers a place to share and study specimens they had collected. Its collection has reached 280,000 specimens.
Artifacts and specimens from the C.A.S. collection are featured throughout the Nature Museum. Research, restoration, and conservation work undertaken by the C.A.S. directly benefits local ecology.
The Peggy Notebart Nature Museum is located in Lincoln Park. The address is 2430 North Cannon Drive.