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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Hepatica (Liverwort)

    Witness this small and dainty wildflower's work as a harbinger of spring. The first blooming of the Liverwort, Hepatica's more common name, reuses the past year's leaves, called leather leaf. Shown here is the Liverwort wild flower in a wood during the early spring. Learn More
  4. Black Oak

    With over eighty kinds of oaks native to North America, the most common oak in Chicago is a giant. The Black Oak can soar to well over one hundred feet, with a trunk diameter stretching seven feet across. This tree grows best in clay or on dry, sandy hillsides and can live to almost two hundred years. This display examines the different aspects of the Oak tree with specimens from both the male and female flowers, as well as a flowering tree. Learn More
  5. Sweet William

    Explore the beautiful color and size variations of the Sweet William flower, more commonly called "phlox". Though it comes in every hue, Sweet William always maintains its shape, a five part blossom extending from a slender tube. Learn More
  6. Fox Squirrel

    Discover the ingenious construction of this large squirrel's summer home, found in the woods of the Mississippi valley. Learn More
  7. American Red Squirrel (With Young)

    Join a family of red squirrels inside their hollow tree home as they feast on a diet of pine nuts from the coniferous forests that house them. Learn More
  8. Greek Valerian (1)

    Gaze at this graceful plant, which grows luxuriantly on shady riverbanks. A native of the Americas, it is related to many garden favorites, but is one of the few native plants that provides no other useful extracts. Learn More
  9. Buttercup

    Small, but well known, these flowers can be found blooming all summer long. Learn more here about the many cultural traditions relating to the Buttercup. Learn More
  10. Dog's Tooth Lily

    Like other lilies, this flower has parts that appear in sixes. Though this flower is common to gardens, the case portrays the Dog's Tooth Lily in its natural wooded environment. Learn More

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