Science Festival Schedule

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

New! Science After Hours  

Friday, April 17, 2020, 6 – 9 p.m.
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The festival opens for adults to geek out on science in a fun atmosphere with themed drinks and food available for purchase. Mix your own scientific potion, grab a bite to eat, and mingle with Garden scientists. This is your chance to be a kid again: dissect a coneflower, build your own pollinator, experience a larger-than-life lima bean, write your plant love story, and lounge on an oversized pollen grain.

Science Workshops

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Go in-depth with Garden staff and scientists and explore all kinds of topics.
Workshops are $10 ($8 members) per person; preregistration is required, and space is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Night Sky Viewing

Explore the universe with an expert from the Adler Planetarium. Gather in the Esplanade to look through a telescope at the moon and evening sky. Our program coincides with the yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of humans landing on the moon for the first time. Join us for a close-up look at earth’s closest neighbor in space. Free.

Catch a Film

Be one of the first to see The Guardians, a new documentary that interweaves the lives of the iconic monarch with an indigenous community in Mexico. Both depend on the same ancient forest for their survival and now face an uncertain future. Take a cinematic journey through the butterfly-dense mountaintops of Michoacan as the community works to build a sustainable path forward. The film is a visually dazzling meditation on the delicate balance between human and nature. Film directors Ben Crosbie and Tessa Moran will be present via video link for questions and discussion after the screening. Suggested for ages 14 and up. Running time: 56 minutes.