Get Wild About Nature at the City Wilds Festival at North Park Village Nature Center
North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski, celebrates Chicago’s backyard biodiversity during its annual “City Wilds Festival” on Saturday, June 9 with special hours from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., and Sunday, June 10 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
This two-day free festival for all ages features a mini “BioBlitz” on Saturday only. For the “BioBlitz” there will be guided walks through the Nature Center’s four habitats (prairie, woodland, wetland, savanna) and visitors can help inventory and learn about the plants and animals found in the 46-acre preserve in a 12-hour period. On both Saturday and Sunday, learn about native plants, create nature crafts, hike through the preserve, and enjoy a visit with the Chicago Turtle Club. On Sunday only, Tales and Scales Traveling Zoo presents its education and interactive live animal program.
“The City Wilds festival is a wonderful opportunity for families to learn about biodiversity and the interconnections between people, wildlife and plants in their own backyards and in the city’s parks,” said Mike Kelly, general superintendent of the Chicago Park District.
The festival is free and no registration is required. For more information, call North Park Village Nature Center at 312.744.5472.
North Park Village Nature Center is the City of Chicago’s first nature center, and just one of the Chicago Park District’s 56 nature areas. Visitors to these special places will discover a variety of opportunities to explore nature with its vast array of lagoons, wetlands, prairies, woodlands, river edges, bird sanctuaries, dunes and wildlife gardens. The North Park Village Nature Center’s nature preserve is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week, excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holidays. Admission is free.