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  1. Cultivated Blueberries

    Explore the long history of the cultivation of blueberries, the only common fruit whose record of domestication is well known. Bred from two wild plants, more than twenty varieties have been introduced since 1912. Learn More
  2. Prairie Life

    A prairie is a unique ecological system that supports diverse plants and animals that depend upon each other for survival. Take a nature walk around your school to predict what plants' root systems look like underground and compare them with the prairie plant specimens in this box. Examine prairie mammals and birds up close to connect their physical characteristics with the prairie ecosystem. A few items in some of these boxes are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and may only be borrowed by educational institutions that are open to the general public and are non-profit (such as a public or charter school), but may not be borrowed by private individuals or institutions without a special permit. If you have any questions about whether you or your institution qualify to borrow this box without a permit, please contact us. Learn More
  3. Bluets

    Find these tiny flowers growing in dense mats across the Chicago region. Bluets are small perennials, and are a member of the Madder Family, which grows pervasively throughout Chicago. These flowers are also known as Innocence, Quaker Ladies, and Quaker Bonnets. Learn More
  4. Sugar Maple Tree

    Discover the beautiful sugar maple tree, found in the northeastern United States. Not only does the processed sap of the tree produce three quarters of the maple sugar crop, but the lumber is used in making fine floors and furniture. Learn More
  5. Great Lakes Plant Diversity

    We can learn a lot about a particular environment based on the plants that exist there! The Great Lakes region is home to hundreds of different plants. Explore a large collection of plant specimens from diverse ecosystems found across the Midwest, examine herbarium sheets, and try your hand at pressing your own specimens. Learn More
  6. Coreopsis

    Look for this earliest blooming member of the Sunflower family along sandy banks. The Coreopsis is found in bloom in irregular patches in late spring, and can thrive with little care or intervention. Learn More
  7. Canada Anemone

    Trek through the dunes around Lake Michigan and you will find this common summer flower. See how the Canada Anemones actually grow sepals instead of petals in this exhibit case featuring the flower growing in tall grass against a green backdrop. Learn More

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