The evening begins indoors for a discussion on the benefits of
fire to ecosystems and how the Conservation District goes about the
business of burning. Then go outdoors to see a prescribed prairie
and savanna burn at night.
Self-guided stations explore a new theme each session. Sing,
fiddle, jiggle and journey into the wild. Kids must be accompanied
by an adult.
New exhibit showcases 50 rare and unique objects from the
Sterling Morton Library's collections. The artifacts include a
collection of butterflies that is more than 100 years old, an
Eskimo bone carving, original woodblocks, and metal sculptures.
Explore a modern cabinet of curiosities, with drawers that pull out
and doors that open to reveal objects and interactive games, share
your vision of a library in 50 years, and take part in a
library-wide scavenger hunt.
Features supersized animatronic dinosaurs, including
favorites like Stegosaurus and Triceratops, as well as obscure
dinosaur species with unusual characteristics, like feathers.
Shantungosaurus-the largest dinosaur to walk on two legs-stands at
more than 20 feet tall and 50 feet long in Roosevelt Fountain, and
a tented showcase highlights the most recent paleontological
findings that birds evolved from dinosaurs. In addition, guests
will learn how dinosaurs are relevant to today's world and how
changes in climate may have led to their extinction, plus about
prehistoric flowers and plants .
See a toy so amazing, so unbelievable, it has the power to
transform into anything you want it to be. Enter a world where
imagination rules, and ordinary becomes extraordinary.
Children and families can innovate and
interact directly with the real, three-dimensional world
around them. Visitors design, build, test
and retest with real tools and materials.
The exhibit features the illustrations of W. W. Denslow, a
Chicago resident whose famous illustrations helped to inspire the
design of the classic 1939 MGM film starring Judy Garland. The
bright and colorful exhibit provides a variety of learning
opportunities and hands-on activities within a three-dimensional
representation of Denslow's distinctive illustrations.
Delve into the mysterious world of bioluminescence, from the
glowworms dangling from the ceiling of New Zealand's famous Waitomo
Caves, to the deep-sea fishes that illuminate the perpetually dark
depths of the oceans. Discover the variety of ways in which light
is used to attract a mate, lure unsuspecting prey, or defend
against a predator, and see how scientists study this amazing
ability to glow.
The exhibition showcases more than 100 animal specimens
that have been preserved through the process of
Plastination. From goats to giraffes and octopuses to
ostriches, guests will see the inner workings of some of the
world's most impressive animals and better understand the evolution
of animals and the natural world.
A new exhibit that explores how food connects us to the
natural world and to each other. Sights, smells and tastes
benchmark the story of food as it journeys into our stomachs and
imagination. Includes hands-on interactives, family
activities and active public programs.