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Chicago Science & Conservation Events in January 2012

January 12, 2012

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Museum Discount Days in January (Free admission for Illinois residents):

Adler Planetarium: 17, 18, 23-26, 31

Museum of Science & Industry: 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23-27, 30, 31

Shedd Aquarium: Sunday, Mondays and Tuesdays, and 25, 26, 27, 28

Lincoln Park Zoo: Free admission everyday

Monday the 16th

MLK Day of Service  – Join Friends of the Parks and Calumet Is My Backyard at Whistler Woods to celebrate Martin Luther King Day by providing stewardship work.  Volunteers will be doing various outdoor stewardship activities to restore the woods.  Dress in layers and be prepared to get your hands dirty.

Notable Bird Nests – Not all birds rely on sticks and twigs to build their nests! Investigate how these and other nests stand up to extreme weather, predators and other natural challenges. (@LincolnParkZoo)

Thursday the 19th

Adler Planetarium in ChicagoAdler After Dark – Adler Planetarium transforms into a festive marketplace of old and new traditions honoring the Chinese New Year. Or come for a drink and walk around the museum to network, make friends, or learn about Space! (@AdlerSkyWatch)

Fracking: the quest for energy independence – Dr. Gerald D Holder will discuss fracking and the environmental concerns of its process. (@C2ST)

Friday the 20th

Sleep with the Fishes – Grab your pajamas and sleeping bag, and join us for a nighttime aquatic adventure with your favorite animals at Shedd Aquarium. (@SheddAquarium)

Overnight at the Zoo – Interested in sleeping among Lincoln Park Zoo’s amazing animals? Grab your nighttime gear and join us for an indoor overnight adventure! (@LincolnParkZoo)

Saturday the 21st

NASA’s Year of the Solar System – Dr. James L. Green, NASA’s Director of Planetary Science, will be at MSI to delve into the latest scientific discoveries and share the most recent and exciting news. (Only for MSI members, @MSIChicago)

Snow Much Fun at the Nature Museum – Snow is everywhere, but where does it come from?  Learn how these frozen flakes are formed and make your own snowflake catcher. This is a free, family-friendly event.

Volunteer with Friends of the Forest Preserve –  Volunteers remove invasives, collect trash, assist with prescribed burns, and gather and spread seeds to restore the natural health of the ecosystem. It’s a fun event to make friends, network, and create good karma.

Saturday the 28th

Breakfast with Lions – Feast with your favorite exotic felines at Lincoln Park Zoo. Enjoy a hearty breakfast in the Kovler Lion House while learning fascinating facts and hearing wild stories about the zoo’s lions, tigers and leopards, which are at their most active in the morning. (@LincolnParkZoo)

Volunteer with Friends of the Forest Preserve –  Volunteers remove invasives, collect trash, assist with prescribed burns, and gather and spread seeds to restore the natural health of the ecosystem. It’s a fun event to make friends, network, and create good karma.

Tuesday the 31st

Chicago Science Event by C2STSustainable Energy: Fact or Fiction? – In this talk, three criteria describing increasingly strict features of sustainability will be presented and applied to evaluate the alternatives to oil and carbon dioxide emission, such as tapping unused energy flows in sunlight and wind, producing electricity without carbon emissions from clean coal and high efficiency nuclear power plants, and replacing oil with biofuel or electricity. (@C2ST)

Working Bikes Collective Volunteer Night – Come out and learn about bike maintenance at Working Bikes, a local non-profit that diverts bicycles from the waste stream by repairing them for sale and charity.  Have a fun-filled night and learn how to keep any bike running smoothly.

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Saturday the 7th

Volunteer with Friends of the Forest Preserve –  Volunteers remove invasives, collect trash, assist with prescribed burns, and gather and spread seeds to restore the natural health of the ecosystem. It’s a fun event to make friends, network, and create good karma.

Friday the 6th, Sunday the 8th, and Tuesday the 10th

Restoring EarthOccupy The Field Museum – Join or Follow Tom as he raises awareness about the perils of neglecting our environment and what scientists are currently doing to protect our future. He’ll spend 3 full days (9am-5pm) inside one exhibit, Restoring Earth.

Monday the 9th

The final week of Whales: Giants Of The Deep – Immerse yourself in the vibrant underwater world of whales and discover the many ways in which these magnificent creatures continue to intrigue, astound, and inspire us. At the Field Museum (@FieldMuseum)

Friday the 13th

Chicago science events january 2012Hubble’s Greatest Hits – Adler Planetarium’s Quarterly Lecture Series presents Dr. Chris Lintott who will explore the science behind some of Hubble Telescope’s most famous pictures. (@AdlerSkyWatch)

Location: the state of the art Grainger Sky Theater.

Buy tickets: Hubble’s Greatest Hits Tickets.

Saturday the 14th

Weatherization Workshop with the Chicago Conservation Corps – Join C3 for an informative discussion on how to reduce your carbon footprint in your home. Weatherize your home and save money in the process. Receive a FREE weatherization kit for attending.

Volunteer with Friends of the Forest Preserve –  Volunteers remove invasives, collect trash, assist with prescribed burns, and gather and spread seeds to restore the natural health of the ecosystem. It’s a fun event to make friends, network, and create good karma.

Sunday the 15th

The 1st Ever Chicago Science Tweetup – Join other fans of science from the Twitter community as we discuss what makes science happy, dorky, and sexy at Schuba’s Tavern.

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