Girls in STEM: The Great Grace Hopper

Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center Main Room - 167 Forest Avenue, Oak Park IL 60302

In the US, women are 48% of the workforce but only 27% of the STEM careers. This family-friendly program explores a different science loving lady each session through story, art, and more! Today, we're meeting Grace Hopper, technology pioneer and the "Queen of Computer Code". Join us for a combination of art and technology and …

Owl Pellet Dissection

Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center Main Room - 167 Forest Avenue, Oak Park IL 60302

Did you know owls eat their prey whole? They can’t digest the bones, so they spit them back up in a pellet – gross! We’re going to investigate what owls eat by dissecting these (sterilized) pellets, and seeing what kind of skeleton we can uncover. Whatever bones you find, you can take home!

GPS Leprechaun Hunt

Taylor Park - East Lawn/Wetland - 400 Division Street, Oak Park IL 60302

Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit! Happy St. Patrick's Day! We're looking for pots of gold around Taylor Park - hidden by some sneaky leprechauns - and using our GPS to find the way. Can you find the treasure at the end of the rainbow?   Registration is for one child with an adult. Adult must stay …

Girls in STEM: Miss Maria Mitchell Explores the Stars

Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center Main Room - 167 Forest Avenue, Oak Park IL 60302

In the US, women are 48% of the workforce but only 27% of the STEM careers. This family-friendly program explores a different science loving lady each session through story, art, and more! Today, we're meeting Maria Mitchell, the first American female astronomer. Join us in rediscovering her comet and celebrating her love for outer space. …

Electric Current Events

Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center Main Room - 167 Forest Avenue, Oak Park IL 60302

Explore how electricity works and build your own electric currents! We'll be making simple battery circuits and lighting lights to start, but move on to creating your own combinations using Snap Circuits®!   Registration is for one child with an adult. Adult must stay for the duration -- this is not a drop-off program.

Girls in STEM: Temple Grandin and her Farm

Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center Main Room - 167 Forest Avenue, Oak Park IL 60302

Today, we're taking about Temple Grandin, animal behaviorist and autism advocate. Join us as we explore why animals do the things they do, plus design enrichment for your own favorite animal. In the US, women are 48% of the workforce but only 27% of the STEM careers. This family-friendly program explores a different science-loving lady …

National Dolphin Day

Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center Main Room - 167 Forest Avenue, Oak Park IL 60302

Today we’re celebrating one of the world’s smartest animals! Come celebrate dolphins with us, and learn all about these amazing aquatic mammals! We’ll play games, do dolphin crafts, and solve puzzles like they do!   Registration is for one child with an adult. Adult must stay for the duration -- this is not a drop-off …

Girls in STEM: The Wild life of Jane Goodall

Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center Main Room - 167 Forest Avenue, Oak Park IL 60302

Jane Goodall is famous for traveling to Africa to learning about chimpanzees, and today we're learning about her! Join us as we read a story, make binoculars, and observe our own chimps just like Jane!   In the US, women are 48% of the workforce but only 27% of the STEM careers. This family-friendly program …

Lovely, Lovely, Lupine

Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center Main Room - 167 Forest Avenue, Oak Park IL 60302

We love lupine, near and far! Join us for a story time featuring this beautiful plant and learn about our special local butterflies who need it. Round out the hour with a craft and take home some lupine seeds of your own!   Registration is for one child with an adult. Adult must stay for …

Girls in STEM: Swimming with Eugenie Clark

Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center Main Room - 167 Forest Avenue, Oak Park IL 60302

Today we're jumping in and exploring the ocean with Eugenie Clark: Shark Scientist! Her work helped keep both people and sharks safe in the ocean, and we'll discover how through stories, games, and craft.   In the US, women are 48% of the workforce but only 27% of the STEM careers. This family-friendly program explores …

Squirrelock Holmes: An Animal Mystery

Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center Main Room - 167 Forest Avenue, Oak Park IL 60302

What a mess! A predator’s eaten a prey animal, but what happened? Who’s responsible? And which animal was eaten? We’re putting our detective hats on today to figure out this mystery. Can we solve the case? Why, of course! It’s elementary, my dear possum!   Registration is for one child with an adult. Adult must …

Girls in STEM: Mary Anning Against the Rocks

Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center Main Room - 167 Forest Avenue, Oak Park IL 60302

Today we're looking back through time with Mary Anning - the most famous female paleontologist! We'll put on our Junior Paleontologist hats to look at fossils, both real and pretend, plus figure out where these prehistoric animals lived based on how they look.    In the US, women are 48% of the workforce but only 27% …

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