Unearth Science Festival

April 20, 2018 10:00AM to April 22, 2018 4:00PM
Chicago Botanic Garden
Hosted by: 
Chicago Botanic Garden
Chicago Botanic Garden
Funded By: 
Baxter, ITW, NorthShore University HealthSystem & Underwriters' Laboratory


With three days of science activities, the Unearth Science festival celebrates science and nature in ways that will encourage you to see, touch, hear, and explore.

Participate in drop-in programs, timed demonstrations, free programs, and special events Saturday and Sunday.

View the events schedule

Join Garden scientists and partner organizations to:

Dig Deeper

Go in-depth with Garden staff and scientists and explore topics from forensics to the fossil record. Discover the birds and the bees (and bats and butterflies as pollinators). Contribute to a crowd-sourced poem about science. Find out how to grow plants on Mars. Measure a plant’s breath. Help our scientists tag a bee. Use soil science forensics to solve a crime.

Scientist and Poet
Dr. Illingworth & Mr. Simpson facilitate a poetry slam

Use Your Words

Experience science through spoken-word performance with Experimental Words on Friday, April 20, at 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.) Sign up for Botanical Balladry during the weekend and see your work performed on Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m. 

Get Outside

Explore spring beauty and the universe with experts from the Garden and Adler Planetarium. Gather in the Nature Play Garden to look through a telescope at the moon and evening sky—and possibly the bright planet, Venus.

Boy in Vaughn Bell's biosphere
A bug's-eye view in a biosphere

Get into the Environment

Peek into hanging terrariums April 20–22 in Burnstein Hall and get an ant’s-eye view of nature with artist Vaughn Bell’s biospheres in Local Homes: Nature in Your Backyard. Discuss the works with the artist and scientist Pati Vitt on Saturday, April 21.

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