Maria's Nature Notebook

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Introducing Project Rainbow

Imagine a pollen-dusted bee on a blooming flower—and a scientist explaining exactly what’s happening in kid-friendly “Maria’s Nature Notebooks,” a new series of lively videos from the Chicago Botanic Garden, the natural world dazzles with color, sound, and action aimed at young kids and their families.

The videos are part of Cook County’s Project Rainbow, under the leadership of Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Through free videos and programs for kids from 3 to 6 years old, the project addresses the education barriers and learning loss magnified by the global pandemic. The Garden is proud to join leading cultural institutions and other partners on Project Rainbow.

“When I was a kid, I spent most of my time exploring outside. That's where I discovered the power of nature, plants, and science. My whole world changed.”—Maria, host of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s “Maria’s Nature Notebooks” video episode for Project Rainbow

Produced with Threaded Films, “Maria’s Nature Notebooks" uses music, animation, and creative camera work to explore the wonders of the natural world. The fun-loving host, Maria, inspires viewers to love and care for nature and the environment. 

Project Rainbow programs air on Cook County’s cable channel (Channel 22/900 on Comcast) at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on a free app that is developed by the University of Chicago. The app will be available soon through the Google Play store and the Apple Store.