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Bring the Kids: Family-focused events at the Chicago Botanic Garden all summer

Kite Festival

Family-focused events and exhibitions are going on all summer long at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Every week brings a new and fun event to experience. Boogie all night at Dancin’ Sprouts, featuring a different children’s performer every week. Watch high-flying kites during the Kite Festival or see boats race during Model Sailboat Sunday. Or stop in to the Model Railroad Garden and Butterflies & Blooms, two seasonal favorites that are open now.

Highlights include:

Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America – Open through Sunday, October 30

As White House Focuses Nation’s Attention on Astronomy, STEM Funders Network Announces Goal for 100 City and Regional STEM Networks

(October 19, 2015 – Washington, DC) Building on more than a decade of research into successful STEM collaborations, the STEM Funders Network and 350 committed local funders and organizations are announcing a five-year effort to create 100 tight-knit local STEM networks—STEM ecosystems—that bring together broad-scale, cross-sector collaborations to nurture and scale effective science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities for all young people, especially girls and underserved populations.

Chicago Area Citizen Scientists Monitor and Protect Rare, Local Plants

Plants of Concern photo


GLENCOE, IL (Sept. 30, 2015) – A focused group of citizen scientists with the 15-year-old Plants of Concern program are on a mission this fall to protect local plant species that grow only in northern Illinois. Through a series of programs including a monitoring foray and workday, these volunteers are learning new technologies, collecting vital data about existing plants and preparing habitat for the return of missing species. 


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