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Schedule of Events

Learn from ongoing drop-in programs and timed demonstrations in Nichols Hall, or sign up for a host of free classes in the Regenstein Center on everything from soil science to surviving the zombie apocalypse.

Trolley service will be provided to and from the Glencoe Metra Station from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for the Unearth Science festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22. Round-trip trolley tickets are $2 per person. Garden members and children 5 and under ride free.

Friday, April 20

Communicate Science

Symposia: Reaching New Audiences

Learn how we can all become advocates for science through communication and the arts at Reaching New Audiences, a Janet Meakin Poor Research Symposium.
Alsdorf Auditorium, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Use Your Words

Science Poetry Slam

Experience science through spoken-word performance with a Science Poetry Slam. Science meets balladry, as five Chicago Botanic Garden scientists are paired with incredible spoken-word artists from Young Chicago Authors and RHINO to collaborate on a new performance.
Burnstein Hall, 8–9:30 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Participate all day in ongoing drop-in programs in Nichols Hall and learn about pollinators, water, fruits & seeds, and the building blocks of life (featuring DNA and carbon).

All events are free; events in bold require registration

10 a.m.Botanical BalladryPlant Science Lab
10 a.m.What Makes Your Garden Grow: Soils 101Design Studio
10 a.m. – noonMeet artist Vaughn Bell and scientist Pati VittBurnstein Hall
10:30 a.m.Water Wonders with Mad ScienceNichols Hall Stage
11 a.m.SkyDayChicago beginsEsplanade
11:30 a.m.Water Wonders with Mad ScienceNichols Hall Stage
11:30 a.m.Surviving the Zombie ApocalypsePlant Science Lab
12:30 p.m.pH Magic with Stephen Woynerowski, ULNichols Hall Stage
12:30 p.m.CSI: UndergroundDesign Studio
1 p.m.McDonald Woods Wildflower WalkMeet at the entrance to McDonald Woods
1 p.m.Botanical BalladryPlant Science Lab
1:30 p.m.The Rock House EnsembleAlsdorf Auditorium
1:30 p.m.Water Wonders with Mad ScienceNichols Hall Stage
2 – 4 p.m.Talk with scientist Pati VittBurnstein Hall
2:30 p.m.Water Wonders with Mad ScienceNichols Hall Stage
2:30 p.m.CSI: UndergroundDesign Studio
3 p.m.Native Bee HomesPlant Science Lab
3:30 p.m.pH Magic with Stephen Woynerowski, ULNichols Hall Stage
7:30 p.m.Night Sky Exploration with the Adler PlanetariumNature Play Garden, Learning Campus

Sunday, April 22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Participate all day in ongoing drop-in programs in Nichols Hall and learn about pollinators, water, fruits & seeds, and the building blocks of life (featuring DNA and carbon).

All events are free; events in bold require registration

10 a.m.Botanical Balladry
Plant Science Lab
10:30 a.m.Water Wonders with Mad ScienceNichols Hall Stage
11:30 a.m.Water Wonders with Mad ScienceNichols Hall Stage
11:30 a.m.Could You Grow Potatoes in Martian Soil?
Plant Science Lab
12:30 p.m.pH Magic with Stephen Woynerowski, ULNichols Hall Stage
1 p.m.Botanical Balladry
Plant Science Lab
1:30 p.m.Water Wonders with Mad ScienceNichols Hall Stage
1:30 p.m.What Makes Your Garden Grow: Soils 101
Design Studio
2 p.m.Exploring Plants in the Fossil Record
Plant Science Lab
2:30 p.m.pH Magic with Stephen Woynerowski, ULNichols Hall Stage
2:30 p.m.CSI: Underground
Design Studio
3 p.m.Unearthed Crowd-Sourced Poem PerformanceNichols Hall Stage

Tree leaves and diamonds

Is a tree a diamond in the rough?
Carbon is the main element in all living things, trees included. It’s also the only element in both graphite and diamond!

A honeybee and a bat

What do bats and bees have in common? 
They let plants have sex. We'll leave that talk to the scientists.

A block of honeycomb

How many miles are in a pound of honey? 
About 55,000.

 

Monarch butterfly

Get involved in crowd-sourced science.

Observe phenology (when plants bloom) and pollinator attractiveness (which pollinators visit flowers).

Sign up to be part of the Garden’s own Budburst citizen science project and get a receipt for a set of plant starts (natives and cultivars of New England aster). Return to the Garden during Get Growing Weekend to pick up your plants.

 

Admission is free for the Unearth Science festival. Regular parking fees apply; Garden members park free every day.
Unearth Science festival is generously supported by

BaxterITWNorthshore University Health SystemUL