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Fall 2019 Discovery Days

Life in the Pond: Science of Turtles
Saturday, September 14, 2019
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Free and open to the public!
Join us for our 2nd annual turtle event in collaboration with BenU Harden Lab! This family-friendly workshop will feature numberous activities including: outdoor science stations with turtle trap checking, dip netting for macroinvertebrates, and radio telemetry demonstrations; museum scavenger hunts. The Brookfield Zoo will be visiting with their Conservation Outreach team!
Recommended for ages 10+, but all ages are welcome. Event begins at the museum and moves outside. Lake St. Benedict is a short walk across campus. Dress for the weather. Boots are recommended. Walk-ins welcome. Registration is recommended. Please contact the museum at or 630-829-6531 to reserve your seats today!


What 2 Know B4 You Go!TM
Presented by Nature Education Programs, Ltd.
Saturday, September 28, 2019
1:00pm - 4:30pm
Suggested donation is $5 per person / $10 per family
Recommended for ages 10+ 
This interactive workshop includes several true-life stories about survival and peril in the wilderness. Learn ways to prepare for inclement weather and safety tips for your next outdoor adventure. Recommendations for supplies to create a survival kit will be covered, including the proper use of the items, and participants will receive three free supplies to take home with them. Shelter building and fire starting demostrations will be held outdoors, weather permitting.
(Please note: Nature Education Programs, Ltd. will offer complete survial kits and limited other equipment for sale at the conclusion of the program.)
Registration is strongly recommended. Walk-ins welcome on a limited basis. Please reserve your seat for this event by September 26, 2019. Registration or questions: 630-829-6531 or


Darwin Day: Science Innovations in Climate Change
Friday, October 11, 2019
9:00am - 12:30pm
Free and Open to the Public
Join us for a day of climate science!
Keynote speaker Dr. Douglas Sisterson of Argonne National Laboratories will present "Welcome to the Anthropocene - Can We Turn It Around In Time?" He will examine current data and stories from scientists out in the field to better understand the processes and implications of our rapidly changing climate.
No registration necessary. Event will be held in the Goodwin Auditorium at Benedictine University.

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BSA Cub Scout Award Opportunity
Saturday, November 2, 2019
9:00am - 12:30pm
Registration is required by October 28, 2019.
Cost is $10 per child. All children must be attended by an adult. 
Join us and earn a Nova Award! Wolves, Bears, and Webelos Cub Scouts will complete ALL requirements for the Nova WILD! award. Scouts will work with Nova Counselors and JSNM staff as they explore the museum and participate in a variety of activities to learn about native wildlife. Register today by emailing
or call 630-829-6531.


Fall 2019 Open House Events

Homecoming Open House & Tailgate Booth
Saturday, October 12, 2019
10:00am - 4:00pm
Go Eagles! Join us for a fun-filled day to celebrate BenU's Homecoming! 
The museum will host its annual Open House from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Scavenger hunts, craft activities, nature touch tables, and more will be offered in the museum. The museum will also host a kids craft station at the Homecoming Tailgate from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Stop by to make a free craft, and stay for free lunch, music, and more at the BenU tailgate party. 


Creepy Critters Halloween Open House
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Free and Open to the Public
Join us for children's crafts, museum scavenger hunts, and more!
All are welcome to come dressed in Halloween costumes for trick-or-treating around the museum.

Special guests: BenU Astronomy presentations in the south lawn. Check out their new telescopes!


Upcoming Outreach Events

See listings for upcoming events in our area that museum staff and students will be participating in with science displays and hands-on activities. All events are free to attend.

@ the Glenside Public Library
Saturday, April 4, 2020
1:00pm - 4:00pm


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