The Summer Nature Festival returns Thursday to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Credit: Provided/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

LINCOLN PARK — The Summer Nature Festival at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum makes its long-awaited comeback Thursday.

The fourth iteration of the celebration, which went on a hiatus from 2020 to 2022 due to the pandemic, happens 3-8 p.m. at the Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive.

Visitors can participate in live animal interactions, local ecology demonstrations, fishing pole-casting lessons and guided nature walks, according to the museum.

Visitors will also have after-hours access to the museum’s Judy Istock Butterfly Haven and the Hawver & Lacy Families Nature’s PlaySpace, which opened in October.

Festival visitors can interact with live animals. Credit: Provided/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
The Summer Nature Festival will have fishing pole-casting lessons. Credit: Provided/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Other activities include meet-and-greets with WTTW Kids’ Nature Cat, a character from an animated series about a house cat who explores the outdoors; prairie walks on the Deb Lahey Nature Trails; and face painting, crafts and photography lessons, according to the museum. The festival will also have local vendors, food and beverage options.

Registration is encouraged but not required and can be done here. The event has a suggested donation of $10 per person and $20 a family.

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