Bird Watching Workshop

with Nature Museum

Wildlife Classes in Chicago

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Class Info

Caw! Chirp. Sing. Cluck.

There are as many sounds to describe the crowing of birds as their are bird species themselves. This Dabble class celebrates our friends in high places with a zany look into the lives of all things aviary.

Bring your little chicks or come by yourself for a family-friendly bird watching adventure. We'll be scouting out some of the native Chicago tail feathers, learn about different species of birds, the various habitats they occupy, their lifestyles and how to properly identify them by their markings and bird calls.

Walk away from class armed with new found bird knowledge, a guide to local bird watching spots and even a handmade bird feeder constructed out of repurposed materials to attract feathery friends to your own backyard!



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    Vanesa T.

    Left about 1 year ago
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    I loved the class. All instruction was easy to follow, patient, and really helped us make the most out of our limited time by giving a really good intro. Added bonus: we even got to paint our own bird feeders (+seeds)! http://instagram.com/p/XxWZhZiJ8r/

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      Julie N.

      Left 22 days ago
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      This was a great class. The teacher was very knowledgeable and interesting. It was fun to make our own compost bin and get to take it home, complete with a starter kit including worms! I've tried outdoor composting on numerous occasions and have given up for one reason or another. This is a new, easier way to compost on a smaller scale. If you are interested in composting---check it out! Great time and learned something new.

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      Lisa F.

      Left 23 days ago
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      This was really informative and fun. I'm super excited to take care of my starter box!

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      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Jennifer T.","created_at":"about 1 month","title_link":"<a href='/courses/chair-yoga-and-meditation-with-jane-musgrave'> Chair Yoga and Meditation </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"The instructors really went out of their way to give us information on the meditation. In particular I really liked and connected with the chair yoga instructor!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Kate W.","created_at":"about 1 month","title_link":"<a href='/courses/chair-yoga-and-meditation-with-jane-musgrave'> Chair Yoga and Meditation </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"i am working to really get started in meditation and this helped give me some skills that i think will help me in my practice. and i can't wait to utilize my new chair yoga moves!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Negin A.","created_at":"2 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/insect-pinning-with-the-peggy-notebaert-nature-museum-staff'> Insect Pinning </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Karen and Allan, the entomologists who taught the class, we're engaging and knowledgable. I had a lot of fun, learned useful tips that I hadn't learned\r\nin biology classes, and got to take home a beautiful, pinned butterfly. I am glad that I invited\r\nfriends along too.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/213731/thumb_image.jpg","reviewer_name":"Julia H.","created_at":"2 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/insect-pinning-with-the-peggy-notebaert-nature-museum-staff'> Insect Pinning </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"This class was AMAZING!! so interesting and fun! The staff really made you feel at easy and not afraid to make mistakes. There were so many butterflies to choose from- it was really a great learning experience. ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Mary F.","created_at":"2 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/insect-pinning-with-the-peggy-notebaert-nature-museum-staff'> Insect Pinning </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"I've been to several classes at the nature museum and they are always fabulous! The teachers for the butterfly pinning class were nice, helpful and experts in their field. I got to pin several butterflies and I can't wait for them to dry so I can frame them and show off my new quasi-talent! ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/291631/thumb_me_and_dogs.jpg","reviewer_name":"Tera L.","created_at":"3 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/indoor-gardening-workshop-plants-without-dirt-with-the-peggy-notebaert-nature-museum-staff'> Indoor Gardening Workshop: Plants without Dirt </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Super fun! Very informative short presentation followed by a chance to put together your own work of art!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Erin B.","created_at":"3 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/indoor-gardening-workshop-plants-without-dirt-with-the-peggy-notebaert-nature-museum-staff'> Indoor Gardening Workshop: Plants without Dirt </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"The class was great! We learned about \"air plants\" and how they grow in the wild. The teacher was very knowledgeable and also taught us how to mount the plants on cork and take them home to care for on our own. Very fun and interactive! ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Siobhan N.","created_at":"3 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/indoor-gardening-workshop-plants-without-dirt-with-the-peggy-notebaert-nature-museum-staff'> Indoor Gardening Workshop: Plants without Dirt </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"It was ok - the instructor is a really nice guy and I loved the plant I took home. It lacked the kind of interaction a class should have, however, so I have some suggestions I've sent to the instructor that should help liven it up a bit.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Jennifer B.","created_at":"5 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/terrarium-workshop-with-the-peggy-notebaert-nature-museum-staff'> Terrarium Workshop </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"It was an informative class, and you leave with a cool terrarium! The teacher was very knowledgeable. I look forward to taking future classes by this instructor!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/213731/thumb_image.jpg","reviewer_name":"Julia H.","created_at":"5 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/terrarium-workshop-with-the-peggy-notebaert-nature-museum-staff'> Terrarium Workshop </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"This class was great! Super informative! I have never ever in my life had a plant live and my terrarium is still thriving! I will totally be taking more classes.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Christine S.","created_at":"5 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/terrarium-workshop-with-the-peggy-notebaert-nature-museum-staff'> Terrarium Workshop </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"This was so much fun, and I now have a beautiful terrarium! The class was well organized, the instructor knew what he was talking about, and all supplies were included. So glad that I took this course!","teacher_response":null}
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      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Kate G.","created_at":"6 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/insect-pinning-with-the-peggy-notebaert-nature-museum-staff'> Insect Pinning </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"This class was great! We were provided with some gorgeous butterflies from the Butterfly Haven at the Museum (don't worry, they died of natural causes!), given a some fascinating background on the history of insect collecting (apparently, a woman entomologist from the 17th century was deemed insane because of her interest in collecting butterflies), and then shown how to turn our butterflies into works of art. The class was very small (only 5 people), so we got lots of individual attention if we wanted it, and we each got to take home two pinned butterflies and a nice shadowbox to put them in. The evening concluded with an after-hours tour of the Butterfly Haven, where we got to see live butterflies emerging from cocoons and flying in the open air. It's an awesome experience, don't miss it!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Elizabeth H.","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<a href='/courses/indoor-gardening-workshop-plants-without-dirt-with-the-peggy-notebaert-nature-museum-staff'> Indoor Gardening Workshop: Plants without Dirt </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Very interesting and lots of fun! ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Sienna T.","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<a href='/courses/terrarium-workshop-with-the-peggy-notebaert-nature-museum-staff'> Terrarium Workshop </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"It was fun to make my own terrarium to take home. I'm excited to bring it in to my office. Great class for something looking for something quick, simple, and fun.","teacher_response":null}
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      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<a href='/courses/worm-composting-101-with-the-peggy-notebaert-nature-museum-staff'> Worm Composting 101 </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"lots of information, very experienced instructor, great materials provided","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<a href='/courses/terrarium-workshop-with-the-peggy-notebaert-nature-museum-staff'> Terrarium Workshop </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"it was informative, easy to follow, and I left with a finished product.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<a href='/courses/terrarium-workshop-with-the-peggy-notebaert-nature-museum-staff'> Terrarium Workshop </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Very knowledgable instructor. Nice venue. Was great to take home a terrarium too.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<a href='/courses/terrarium-workshop-with-the-peggy-notebaert-nature-museum-staff'> Terrarium Workshop </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"The informational presentation at the beginning of the workshop set a great platform to build off of when it was time to construct our own terrariums. Very enjoyable workshop. Thank you!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<a href='/courses/terrarium-workshop-with-the-peggy-notebaert-nature-museum-staff'> Terrarium Workshop </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"I got to learn about and create something that I would have never tried to do on my own at home. But now that I know how to put a terrarium together, I am super excited to make more!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<a href='/courses/terrarium-workshop-with-the-peggy-notebaert-nature-museum-staff'> Terrarium Workshop </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"\"1. Teacher was a pro in his field and was passionate about the subject. He had a nice power point presentation with lots of interesting historical facts and images. \r\n\r\n2. What a venue! Super easy to get to class. Greeters at the door. Spacious room with seating for everyone. \r\n\r\n3. Awesome takeaway - I built a BIG terrarium, with fun things like rocks and army men available, too. I also have the confidence and creative interest to build more on my own.\"","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<a href='/courses/terrarium-workshop-with-the-peggy-notebaert-nature-museum-staff'> Terrarium Workshop </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"I thought the class description matched the real class very well. The instructor was engaging and knew the material. There were enough supplies for everyone and the space big enough that we could work comfortably when it was time to make our own terrariums.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<a href='/courses/terrarium-workshop-with-the-peggy-notebaert-nature-museum-staff'> Terrarium Workshop </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"The instructor was very knowledgeable.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<a href='/courses/terrarium-workshop-with-the-peggy-notebaert-nature-museum-staff'> Terrarium Workshop </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"The hands-on building of the terrarium, after learning about the history and various types, was really informative and fun. I love that I got to bring home my very own living, \"breathing\" creation!","teacher_response":null}
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      Laura Saletta has been with the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for over five years. She started as a multi-departmental volunteer, and later became part of the staff as a public programs educator. Laura’s life-long love of all animals has led her to develop family workshops that highlight the joys of nature watching for beginners. Her hope is to inspire the casual observer to appreciate all wildlife.


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