Nature Museum Unveils Hidden Science in New Exhibit

| September 25, 2017 | Comments (0)

Backyard AdventuresThe Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum recently opened a new exhibit to help families discover a hidden world of science in their own backyards. Backyard Adventures offers 17 fun and interactive activities to help families observe the effects of seasonal change and weather on their backyard environments. Visitors can see a garden from a bee’s perspective, challenge a friend or sibling to a game of garden golf or have a go at the giant mechanical skipping rope. 

Exhibit highlights include:

  • Playing backyard-themed mini golf
  • Riding the bee bike, and try your luck at pollinating flowers and collecting pollen for honey production
  • Digging in the dirt of an augmented reality garden bed and observe plants growing in super time
  • Finding out how fast you can throw and kick a ball
  • Dressing as a spider, bee or ladybug
  • Creating the world’s biggest vegetable
  • Using special lenses, see how different creatures such as bees and dogs see the world around us
  • Stepping inside the shed and build something with the tools and objects on the work benches, just like a mechanic or engineer
  • Helping complete a garden path using oddly shaped pavers
  • Matching critter calls with their sources

“Science is all around us and it is really fun!” said Deborah Lahey, president and CEO of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. “Backyard Adventures showcases the exciting world of plants and animals that surrounds us while introducing scientific ideas in entertaining and unique ways. Some of the most exciting discoveries are found in our homes, backyards, parks or even on the sidewalk.”

Backyard Adventures is designed for guests will play “outdoors” while indoors, with an intimate look at the forces of nature, such as the interactions between insects and plants. At the same time, guests will learn about the zoology of nocturnal animals and horticulture that goes into to growing vegetation. Backyard Adventures runs through January 7, 2018.

The special exhibit is included in the price of general admission ($9 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, $6 for children 3-12.) The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is open Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Backyard Adventures was designed and produced by SciTech and produced by Imagine Exhibitions. The presenting sponsor is Rose Pest Solutions. For more information, visit or call 773-755-5100.

Shari writes about life with twins at Two Times the Fun. Image courtesy of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

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