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Under The Sea at Fernbank

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Dive into an IMAX® adventure to explore some of the ocean’s most exotic and isolated undersea locations and experience face-to-face encounters with the mysterious and unusual creatures found under the sea.

Just in time for summer, Fernbank Museum invites you to enjoy an underwater IMAX® adventure! Under the Sea explores some of the ocean’s most exotic and isolated undersea locations and is narrated by Jim Carrey. You’ll come face-to-fin with some of the planet’s most extraordinary marine creatures—from the exquisitely stunning to the downright deadly.

Under the Sea offers an inspirational look the impact that global climate change has had on our ocean wilderness, combining stunning underwater cinematography with state-of-the-art digital surround sound.

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Visit The Past At The American Museum Of Natural History


The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition.

The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world’s cultures.

Current exhibits include Whales: Giants of the Deep which transports visitors to the vibrant underwater world of the mightiest animals on Earth. Also visit Frogs: A Chorus of Colors where you can explore the rich diversity of frogs and learn about their evolution, biology, and the threats they face in the world’s changing environments. Also Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture where you can take a journey around the world and through time. Stroll through an ancient market, cook a virtual meal, peek inside the dining rooms of illustrious individuals—and consider some of the most challenging issues of our time.

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Check Out Nature’s Wonders At The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum


Food The Nature of Eating
Harvested from the minds of our spectacular design team, our newest self-curated exhibit Food: The Nature of Eating goes beyond your plate to bring you a farm-fresh perspective on how food connects us to family, friends and ultimately back to the people who produce it.

Join us on this interactive journey from the 19th century to the present day as we show you how our relationship with food has impacted the land, the environment and our society. Along the way, you’ll discover how food travels the world before it reaches your home and learn how millions of acres of fertile Illinois prairie were changed to farmland in less than a century by a tiny technological marvel called the plow.

Judy Istock Butterfly Haven
Get up close to more than 75 species of exotic butterflies and stunning bird species from the Southern hemisphere in a 2,700 square-foot greenhouse filled with pools of water, flowers, tropical trees and 1,000 butterflies, including those never-before-seen in our region.

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Exciting Exhibits Now At The Field Museum!


Remember capturing fireflies on a warm summer evening? Its light seemed rare and magical, and yet there are thousands of other living things that blink, glow, flash, and flicker. Creatures of Light delves into the mysterious world of bioluminescence – from the glowworms dangling from the ceiling of New Zealand’s famous Waitomo Caves, to the deep-sea fishes that illuminate the perpetually dark depths of the oceans. Discover the variety of ways in which light is used to attract a mate, lure unsuspecting prey, or defend against a predator, and see how scientists study this amazing ability to glow. Immerse yourself in these magical environments and revel in the beauty of this remarkable natural phenomenon, only at The Field Museum.

Discovered by chance in 1940 by four teenagers, the Lascaux caves in southern France have inspired and awed anthropologists, pre-historians, scientists, and artists ever since. Beautifully subtle paintings and engravings of animals line the deep cave walls – sophisticated artwork created at the hands of our early ancestors nearly 20,000 years ago. In an effort to preserve their fragile existence, the caves have remained closed indefinitely, denying us even a glimpse of their shadowed majesty.

But now, during its North American debut, you can experience your own thrill of discovery in the new exhibition, Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux. Walk through exact cave replicas by flickering light, marveling at full-size copies of the paintings—including some never before seen by the public—and see them through the eyes of ancient artists. Deconstruct the paintings’ many layers of complexities, meet a lifelike Stone Age family, and discover why the true meaning and purpose of the caves remain a mystery even today. For a limited time, uncover the birthplace of artistic creativity, only at The Field Museum.

Check out fieldmuseum.org for more information.

Become one with nature at the Heard Natural Science Museum

Getting a little tired of the concrete jungle? Head out to McKinney’s Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary for a day appreciating the outdoors and all it has to offer. The 289-acre wildlife reserve offers 6.5 miles of nature trails, a native plant garden and a butterfly garden. The sanctuary also hosts a number of science exhibits that serve as “edurtainment” for the kiddos, like a honey bee observation hive, a ropes course and dinosaur life-sized animatronics. The Heard Natural Science Museum is a great place to picnic or just enjoy the outdoors and the beautiful nature North Texas has to offer.

Be kind to our fine feathered friends at the Trinity River Audubon Center

Recently built just south of downtown in the Great Trinity Forest, the Trinity River Audubon Center is a living classroom and nature center dedicated to education and conservation initiatives. The center’s main building (which serves as a portal to the rest of the reserve) was built with the environment in mind, using mostly renewable and recycled building materials, a vegetated roof and even windows angled just right so birds won’t fly into them. The Audubon Center is also the first LEED-certified building built by the City of Dallas Parks and Recreation Department. Use the main building as a launch point to experience nature trails, hiking, bird watching and hands on exhibits.

Chicago Botanic Garden: A Theraputic Oasis in the Windy City

boygardenerWhen Chi-towners are in need of some fresh air, green pastures and loads of flowers, they head to the Chicago Botanic Garden. A hidden oasis just 30 minutes from downtown in Highland Park (an easy Metra ride), the garden boasts paths that allow you to peruse the place as if it were your own.

From Japanese and English gardens, isles reached by arched bridges and a tropical garden with orchids dangling from palm trees, perhaps the best feature of the Chicago Botanic Garden is its full calendar of events from educational programs to social mixers. Classes they offer range from cooking classes, gardening, kids programs, horticultural therapy and wellness programs. In a nutshell – this place is Chicago’s therapy.

Things are bloomin’ at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Nestled in the heart of Miami’s gorgeous and historic Old Cutler Road, in the middle of a neighborhood, is the crown jewel of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Established in 1938, this colorful and exotic attraction features an extraordinary collection of rare tropical plants including palms, cycads, and flowering trees and shrubs, vines and fruit trees, which are part of  the Garden’s mission to preserve the biodiversity of tropical environments.

Art collections are also part of the landscape at Fairchild with sculptures by world-renowned blown glass artist Dale Chihuly sharing space with the foliage and adding another dimension of beauty to the surroundings. Yearly events like the International Chocolate Festival and their most famous the Fairchild Ramble held every November for more than 65 years. Ramble is where plant lovers go to get the best deals and best finds for their garden.

Any time of year, a stop at Fairchild is a must, simply to take in this natural beauty and appreciate the conservation efforts of this wonderland.