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Nature Nights

PHOTO: class in the Sensory Garden

Roam the Garden after hours and uncover the mysteries of nature at night!

Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening in the Garden! Children ages 4 to 10 and their families will explore different areas of the Garden and enjoy a variety of discovery-based activities. Each Nature Nights also includes a short tram ride, planting project, and s’mores around the campfire. Nature Nights is held rain or shine.

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Nature Nights: Harvest Hootenanny
Nature Nights: Ready, Set, Garden

Saturdays, June 3 or 10, 2017
5 – 7:30 p.m.

Discover what plants need to grow and learn some gardening basics as you plan, plant, mulch, and water in the Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden. Then, pot up a plant to grow in your own garden at home. *Don’t forget to bring a picnic dinner! Dessert is provided.

Nature Nights: Lush Landscapes of Brazil
Nature Nights: Lush Landscapes of Brazil

Saturdays, July 8 or 15, 2017
5 – 7:30 p.m.

New Program! Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx is known for his bold landscapes with swirling patterns of color. Take a walk to see the Chicago Botanic Garden’s interpretation of Burle Marx’s style, then create your own painting based on these colorful designs and construct an artistic bromeliad display to take home. *Don’t forget to bring a picnic dinner! Dessert is provided.

Nature Nights: Aquatic Adventure
Nature Nights: Aquatic Adventure

Saturdays, August 5 or 12, 2017
5 – 7:30 p.m.

Gather your own water sample and use scientific tools to look at plants, insects, and animals living in the water at the Kleinman Family Cove. You'll even make an aquatic garden to take home. *Don’t forget to bring a picnic dinner! Dessert is provided.

Nature Nights: Colors from Nature
Nature Nights: Colors from Nature

Saturdays, September 2 or 9, 2017
5 – 7:30 p.m.

New Program! Learn how to make natural dyes from plant materials the way the Native Americans and early settlers did.  Then try out your dye on three different materials: cotton, wool, and hardboiled eggs. Take home a plant that has traditionally used to make dye. *Don’t forget to bring a picnic dinner! Dessert is provided.