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  1. Yellow Lady's Slipper (Deer Management)

    Prance into the world of the deer, one of our most frequent connections to the natural world. Urban expansion has created the need, however, for drastic measures to keep the numbers of these abundant animals in check. Witness a few of the ways we protect our land when deer run rampant. Learn More
  2. Deer Mouse (2)

    Follow the tracks of this tiny rodent into the forest, where she munches on seeds, grains, grasses and berries. Learn More
  3. Common Raccoon (Sitting)

    Sneak a peek at this raccoon, and imagine him making the transition from wooded area to urban area. Learn More
  4. Bunchberry

    This flowering plant boasts clusters of greenish flowers, the leaves of which are often mistaken for petals. This exhibit case shows the Bunchberry in a typical Chicago blackgum wood. Learn More
  5. Yellow Lady's Slipper

    Ponder the serene colorations of this wild orchid, of which more than thirty types have been found in Chicago. As the most common variety of this tropical plant, the Yellow Lady's Slipper is in danger of extermination because of overzealous picking. Learn More
  6. Poison Ivy

    Don't let the milky sap of this poisonous plant get under your skin! It's bound to cause inflammation. Truly, any part of the poison ivy plant, when broken open, can produce its sticky irritant, which works as a defense mechanism. Learn More
  7. White and Purple Trillium

    Check out this enchanting flower, native to North America and East Asia. The leaves, petals, and sepals of these Trillium are characteristically in tree forms, with single white or purple flowers. Both Native Americans and early colonists used the Trillium's rootstock medicinally. Learn More
  8. Chipmunk (2)

    Delve deep into the forest to spot this mostly ground-dwelling chipmunk. Learn More
  9. Common Raccoon (Standing)

    Get an up close look at the agile hands of this raccoon and imagine him making the transition from wooded area to urban area. Learn More
  10. Wood Anemone

    Inconspicuous and delicate, this short-lived flower relies on underground rootstocks to live between blooming seasons. Growing in a variety of climates in wooded areas, this exhibit case shows the Wood Anemone growing in a forest. Learn More

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