Bee & Butterfly Waterer Workshop

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

Today we’re making puddlers – a water source for our pollinator insects that’s perfect for backyards and even apartment balconies. It give sthem a place to rest their legs – and wings! – and take a nice long sip in the summer heat. All materials provided.

Nature’s Rainbows

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

Why are sunflowers yellow? Why are poppies red? What causes all this color in nature, anyway? Join us as we discover the power of pigment! We'll play some matching games with these things called "flavonoids" and make some art with plant paint to make our own nature rainbow.

Cyanotypes & Anna Atkins

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

Cyanotype is a type of chemical printing dating back to the 1800s; Anna Atkins was the first person to use it for scientific purposes by making beautiful blue prints of algae and ferns. We’re making our own cyanotypes today of native plants and learning all about this brilliant female botanist.

Pando!

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

Have you heard of one tree spanning over 100 acres? That can't be real, right? But it is! This is the story of the world's largest tree by both weight and landmass. Join us to learn the tale of our friend Pando, a single aspen tree that's made a name for himself. We'll make some …

Knots for Outdoor Enthusiasts

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

Wait, is that a larks head or a bowline? Or is it a sheet bend? And what are all these knots for anyway? Join us in learning how to tie different knots, what they’re for, and how to use them on your next outdoor adventure. Plus, take home your own knot practice set at the …

Science & Chocolate

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

Traveling all the way from the tropical rainforest, here comes everyone’s favorite treat – chocolate! Join us in sampling the different varieties of chocolate and cocoa; plus, learn their differences starting from the tree and going all the way to the kitchen.

Microscope Madness

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

We're exploring life on the cellular level today and looking through our microscopes! Join us for a study of tiny science, where we'll zoom in on different substances under the scope and even see what our own cells look like!

Everything’s Coming Up Bridges

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

Calling all Engineers! We're putting construction skills to the test and taking a look one of the oldest structures in human society - the bridge. Join us as building our way through history today and make a few of our own.

Cats & their Cousins

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

We love our feline friends, both big and small! Today we’re talking about not only domestic housecats, but some of their other lesser known cousins. Be it for a Serval, Kodkod, Oncilla or a Margay, we’ll come away with an appreciation of kitties from all around the globe! Join us on a crafty journey through …

Make your own Birdfeeder Workshop

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

We know different birds eat different foods, but now we have to get it to them! Join us in making birdfeeders designed for a variety of songbird cuisine, and take them home for your own garden, porch, or balcony. All materials provided, and everyone leaves with at least one birdfeeder!

Prehistoric Illinois

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

Did you know that our state was once completely covered by water? We’re digging into the prehistoric history of Illinois and learning all about the bizarre beings that used to call this place home. Get hands on with brachiopods, feel the mighty glaciers, and more!   Photo by Nobu Tamura.

New Fruit Just Dropped

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

Rambutans? Tamarinds? Kumquats? You're telling me those aren't made up words? They're not! Travel the world in fruit form as we sample, tasting fruits from across cultures that may be new to you.

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