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  1. 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
  2. Flowering Dogwood

    With over forty five different types of Dogwoods found in the United States, this plant ranges in size from a shrub to an immense tree. Used for wood, medicine, and dye, this plant features beautiful blossoms. Learn More
  3. Crab Apple

    The Crab Apple, which grows throughout the Chicago region, blossoms during May and June and is an ideal fruit to be made into jelly. Colored in delicate tints, and emitting a delectable fragrance, the Crab Apple is a pleasant presence to be around. Learn More
  4. Climbing Nightshade

    Recognize this common member of the potato family? The climbing nightshade is unusual in that its most vibrant color comes in the form of winter berries, found frequently in the wooded areas around Chicago. Learn More
  5. Yellow Adder's Tongue

    Check out this pretty yellow flower, pictured here in a forest setting, that grows abundantly in the Chicago area and in the Eastern United States. Also known as the Trout Lily, this moisture loving plant blooms early in the spring in woods and thickets. Learn More
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Fossil Plants of Illinois

    These fossils are from Mazon Creek region in Northeastern Illinois. They are from the Pennsylvanian Period of over 300 million years ago. Marvel in the beauty of these plant shapes and forms, incredibly preserved in ironstone concretions. Learn More
  9. 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
  10. Common Oaks

    Get to know the oaks of the Chicago region. The leaves, stems, and acorns of a variety of Red and White oaks exhibit the diversity that can happen within a species. Learn More

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