Join us as The Geographic Society of Chicago (GSC) , Friends of Big Marsh, and the Chicago Park District host a day of fun at the Park District’s 297-acre property on the southeast side of Chicago is commonly known as the Calumet Area Reserve.
From 10 a.m.-1 p.m., GSC will conduct a Bioblitz, where participants will team up with educators and experts, using the free iNaturalist app to document the species of flora and fauna at Big Marsh. C2ST will offer hands-on microscopy activities where various types of specimen will be able to be observed through our microscopes followed by a fun trivia game and animal quiz!
Once an active industrial property, the site was acquired by the Park District in 2011 and opened as a new public park in 2016. The vision of Big Marsh is to provide a new type of recreation in Chicago that marries habitat restoration with public use. Roughly 45 acres are developed for eco-recreation opportunities including hiking, adventure courses, and off-road biking. Join us for a day of family-friendly fun at the Chicago Parks District’s wildest park!
Saturday, September 24th from 10:00am -1:00 pm at Big Marsh Park
In person address:
11555 S. Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60633
This program will be hosted in-person at Big Marsh Park. C2ST will work with our partners to ensure that COVID protocols put in place by the CDC, and the city at large, are followed and well-communicated. COVID protocols, and any other emergent information will be emailed to all registrants the week of the program.
Hints on attending:
- Parking is free in the lot.
- We will be set up outside, across the Ford Calumet Environmental Center under the shade structure.
- We will be outdoors, so dress for the weather and bring water! C2ST will provide light snacks.
Notice : As a guest of the Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST), you agree to be photographed, videotaped, or filmed and grant C2ST permission to put the finished footage/photography to any uses that it may deem proper including marketing, advertising (print, radio, and television) and PR-related activities.
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We are dedicated to providing an inclusive environment for everyone. Please respect diversity in individuals and in cultures.
Resources To Explore Further:
- Microscope Activities For Elementary Kids -English and Spanish https://becomingbilingual.org/2021/05/16/microscope-activities-for-elementary-kids/
- 2. K-12 Educational Microscopy and Science Sites Resources – Multilingual
- McCrone Group – Education and Training – Grades 7+ https://www.mccrone.com/category/modern-microscopy/education-and-training/
- The microscope in the laboratory – Science Museum UK https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/objects-and-stories/medicine/microscope
- NASA video (2 minutes) Light Microscopy Module: The microscope that could—and did
- Revel in the tiny marvels seen through a microscope – National Geographic, 9.13.21 https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/revel-in-the-tiny-marvels-seen-through-a-microscope