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Chicago Academy of Sciences | Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

The Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum serves as an urban gateway to the world of nature and science. The mission of the Academy and its Museum is to create a positive relationship between people and nature through collaborations, education, research and collections, exhibits and public forums that foster urban connections to our region’s nature and science. The Nature Museum’s education department continues to honor the longstanding history and traditions of The Chicago Academy of Sciences by providing science and nature education of the highest quality. By offering more than 20 unique programs at the Museum and out in the schools and communities, our 78,000 contact hours reach 1,700 teachers and 50,000 students every year. Through outreach, on-site programming and out-of-school time opportunities for students and teachers throughout Chicago, educators are able to make an impact on the community by building knowledge, skills, interest, and enthusiasm in STEM topics. Education programs are founded in a hands-on, inquiry-based approach to connecting our audiences to nature and science.