WBEZ | Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum http://www.wbez.org/content/peggy-notebaert-nature-museum Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Gallery Walk: Artist Michelle Kogan http://www.wbez.org/gallery-walk-artist-michelle-kogan-107677 <p><p>Join Chicago artist <strong>Michelle Kogan</strong> for a gallery walk through her exhibit <em>Michelle Kogan: Narratives of Nature</em>. Kogan will talk and answer questions about her ideas, techniques, and the nature and conservation connections her paintings have. Kogan is an illustrator, painter, instructor, and writer. She teaches at the Evanston Art Center and offers plein air classes at nature venues in the Chicago area.</p><p>More information about this event <a href="http://www.naturemuseum.org/">here</a>.&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/gallery-walk-artist-michelle-kogan-107677 Chemistry of Chocolate http://www.wbez.org/chemistry-chocolate-107081 <p><p>Tourists marvel at it, but Chicagoans just smile. &nbsp;In the north Loop area sometimes when the wind is blowing just right, the air is filled with the delicious, delightful aroma of chocolate. &nbsp;It&rsquo;s not magic, it&rsquo;s simply Blommer Chocolate Company cranking up its production line and brightening everyone&rsquo;s mood.</p><div>Illinois Science Council is partnering with the Notebaert Nature Museum to offer one of our most popular programs about the chemistry of stuff we care about (and perhaps keep a secret stash of in our desk drawer). &nbsp;This unique workshop on the Chemistry of Chocolate will be led by <strong>Dr. Shelby Hatch</strong>, chemistry faculty at Northwestern University, along with the <strong>Melissa Tisoncik</strong>, R&amp;D Specialist with Blommer Chocolate Company.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This time it will be part of the &ldquo;Nature on Tap&rdquo; adults-only program at the museum&rsquo;s beautiful space in Lincoln Park. In addition to the chocolate workshop, the ticket price includes: entrance to the Nature Museum from 6-9pm, access to the new exhibit &ldquo;<em>Food: The Nature of Eating</em>,&rdquo; live animal interactions, live music and a cash bar featuring local craft beers.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Butterfly Haven will be open from 6-8pm. Tickets are $35 but Nature Museum members receive $10 off ticket price by entering &ldquo;MuseumMember&rdquo; as the promo code (users of the discount code will be checked against Museum&rsquo;s member list).</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Get your tickets now at <a href="http://ChemistryofChocolate.Eventbrite.com.">ChemistryofChocolate.Eventbrite.com.</a> &nbsp;Space is very limited! No science prerequisites necessary but you must be 21 or older.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Whether you consider it a daily necessity, an indulgence, or your drug of choice, chocolate is a marvel. &nbsp;You love it. &nbsp;But to fully appreciate it you should understand its amazing chemical properties. &nbsp;Here is your rare chance to learn more about your beloved sweet treat.</div></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 14:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/chemistry-chocolate-107081 Gallery Walk: Artist Andrew Young http://www.wbez.org/gallery-walk-artist-andrew-young-106985 <p><p>Chicago artist Andrew Young will lead a gallery walk through his exhibition, Of Light Air: Mixed Media Works by <strong>Andrew Young</strong>, to speak about his artistic concepts and techniques, background in biology, and continued interest in paleontology and human interactions with the environment. Andrew received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute in 1989 and has since been working as an artist, author, and lecturer, including collaborations in both the arts and sciences.</p><div>More information about this event <a href="http://www.naturemuseum.org/plan-a-visit/calendar/adult-teen">here.</a></div></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 12:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/gallery-walk-artist-andrew-young-106985 Two Stage Ditches: Helping Nature Clean Farm Runoff http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-05-23/two-stage-ditches-helping-nature-clean-farm-runoff <p><p>Join us for a screening of <em>To Build a Better Ditch</em>, a short film produced by Ravenswood Media that describes the environmental benefits of two-stage ditch design. This design demonstrates how a change in the way agricultural ditches are made can not only reduce erosion and improve water quality but can also lower maintenance costs for the farmer. After the film, we’ll be joined by guest speakers for a conversation about conservation and water quality. Guest speakers include <strong>John Legge</strong>, director for Great Lakes Conservation, The Nature Conservancy. To register, email adultprograms@naturemuseum. org or call 773-755-5100, ext. 5028.</p></p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 19:53:45 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-05-23/two-stage-ditches-helping-nature-clean-farm-runoff Should We Reverse the Chicago River Again? http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-12-07/should-we-reverse-chicago-river-again <p><p>In the late 1800s, Chicago turned heads by reversing the flow of the Chicago River, an impressive engineering feat that would forever change the city and surrounding landscape. In their new book, <em>Lost Panoramas</em>, Richard Cahan and Michael Williams present an amazing collection of images that document Chicago's amazing accomplishment and its toll on the environment. The <em>Lost Panoramas</em> exhibit at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum features some of the rare photographs and maps included in the newly published book. This panel discussion will explore the question of reversing the Chicago River again. The panel will be hosted by <strong>Geoff Johnson</strong> and will feature <strong>Jeanne Gang</strong>, Chicago architect and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient.</p></p> Fri, 04 Nov 2011 13:21:14 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-12-07/should-we-reverse-chicago-river-again Dr. Mark Moffett on Ant Architecture http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-07-19/dr-mark-moffett-ant-architecture <p><p><strong>Mark Moffett</strong>'s newest book, <em>Adventures Among Ants</em>, features his adventures around the world with marauder, army, weaver, slavery, leafcutter, and invasive ants, and includes detailed science about the parallels between ant societies and human bodies, minds, and societies. As a Harvard graduate who studied under acclaimed conservationist Edward O. Wilson, Mark remains active in science, with over 80 peer-reviewed publications. He has penned more than 20 articles for National Geographic Magazine, which has featured nearly 500 of his images. You may recognize Mark from appearances on Conan O’Brien, the Colbert Report, and NPR. RSVP to adultprograms@naturemuseum.org or call 773-755-5100, ext. 5028.</p></p> Sat, 23 Apr 2011 16:28:05 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-07-19/dr-mark-moffett-ant-architecture The Golden-Bristled Boar: The Last Ferocious Beast of Our Forest http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-06-04/golden-bristled-boar-last-ferocious-beast-our-forest <p><p>Learn about the extraordinary wild boar and its feral hog relatives, living on all six habitable continents and often considered the number one animal outlaw. Against expectations, they now thrive in the Midwest. With visuals, author <strong>Jeffrey Greene</strong> discusses the origins, habits, and threats of these powerful, intelligent animals. RSVP to adultprograms@naturemuseum.org or call 773-755-5100, ext 5028.</p></p> Sat, 23 Apr 2011 16:19:45 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-06-04/golden-bristled-boar-last-ferocious-beast-our-forest