Hike, do activities and roast marshmallows before going on a
silent tram ride through the woods after dark. The May theme will
be Turtles; the June theme will be Shadows.
Pitch tents, explore the Nature Center at night, roast marshmallows over a campfire, and play games in the morning. Friday evening snacks and breakfast on Sunday morning will be provided.
Waste Management of Illinois will provide demonstrations of its “Trash to Gas” display, which simulates how gas is extracted from a landfill. The display provides a visible learning experience related to science and math taught in the classroom. Waste Management will also outline a series of lessons that can be taught using the “Trash to Gas” display. Families will have the opportunity to see, touch, and learn more about Waste Management’s CNG (compressed natural gas) vehicles.
Staff conduct special tours highlighting spring
Explore the far reaches of outer and inner space through professional quality telescopes and microscopes, hands-on and hair-raising experiments with electricity, chemistry experiments to create slimes and polymers and more.
Enter a tree house village filled with adventure and
imagination. Play, make believe, and become part of the trees'
ever-changing tale. The exhibition is comprised of six fun-filled,
educational tree houses, aimed at kids 2-10.
Children can immerse themselves in backstage preparation, perform routines in center ring or manage the behind-the-scenes action of lights and sound. Plus, try making a circus balance toy or dress up like a clown.
The exhibit features the rare Black Java
and White Java strains of chicken, which were an endangered species
less than a decade ago. Includes a special child-height egg
incubator, hatchery unit and a pen for newborn chicks. Runs from
March 18-June 16.
A multi-media, interactive, exhibit that allows children to discover how nature is reflected and celebrated in the lives of Japanese children through special seasonal environments and traditional Japanese activities. The exhibit focuses on the regions of Lake Biwa, Sapporo, Kyoto and Fukuoka, offering an in-depth exploration of each region through video, audio and visual media, as well as authentic props and hands-on interactive activities.
Kids will be able
to explore the pet vet office and learn a new respect for creatures
as they nurse sick and injured animals back to health
on the examining and operating tables; examine
x-rays; get play animals clean; determine
what diet is best and make a healthy meal; climb
aboard a large format animal scale; help the lost pets
find their correct homes and clamber through the pet