Nature Explorers

Explore plants and animals up close in the Backyard and the Fantasy Forest to get a new appreciation for all the gifts Mother Nature has provided us!

Underwritten by HSBC - North America, with additional support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services


  • Dig in play dirt to find worms, spiders, ants, and pill bugs
  • Disappear into a landscape by wearing a camouflage cape
  • Play “I Spy” on a dock or in the boat on the play pond
  • Read books in the Goose Nest
  • Create a pretend animal by mixing and matching heads bodies, legs, feet, wings, and tails
  • Peek through knotholes in the giant tree or conduct a puppet show
  • Dress up as pond animals and swim, hop, or walk through the forest
Good to Know: 

Exhibit Type


Focused Field Trips Aligned with this Exhibit

Animal Adaptations

Animal Habitats

Re-Use It

Sensational Senses

This exhibit is aligned with Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards.

Educational Benefits

  • Use imaginations and role-play
  • Explore and observe materials and natural phenomena
  • Distinguish between living and non living things
  • Sequence the stages of life cycles
  • Recognize and identify recycling concepts


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With 17 hands-on exhibits to explore, the Museum has everything you need for a successful field trip for children up to age 8.

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Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago strives to be equally available to guests with any level of physical, visual, auditory, or cognitive challenge. Our facility and exhibits were designed using the principles of universal design.
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