Summer's high temperatures may be behind us, but that doesn't
mean you have to be stuck inside counting down the days until
spring. The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's newest permanent
exhibition, Nature Trails, is the perfect place to enjoy nature all
year long without leaving Chicago.
Nature Trails, which opened this past summer, is an interactive
outdoor experience with a one-third mile trail surrounding the
"We're proud and excited to bring Nature Trails to Chicagoans
and provide a rich way for our guests to connect with the nature
that surrounds them right here in the heart of our city," President
and CEO Deborah Lahey says.
Families can visit the Burr Oak and the Black Oak savannahs to
learn about the area's native vegetation such as prairies,
savannas, wetlands and woodlands. There is even a bird garden where
you can spot local birds. Plus, make sure to check out the urban
garden to enjoy the smells of fresh seasonal produce and herbs.
Throughout Nature Trails visitors will find information to use
as they journey inside the Nature Museum to exhibitions such as the
Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, Wilderness Walk and Mysteries of the
"(Nature Trails) is a great place to observe and appreciate the
nature that surrounds us in our city. We want Nature Trails to
inspire visitors to think about how they relate to nature and the
environment-even in this urban area," Lahey says.
Nature Trails is free with general admission to the Nature
Museum, so grab a sweater and head to Lincoln Park for an outdoor
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