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Wednesday Nature Program

Our Wednesday Nature Program will resume in Fall 2024. See below for details about our past Nature Program.

Join IPHG as we take nature study outdoors!
Each week we will submerge ourselves in nature, meeting at a different park or forest preserve around Chicago. As we make our way through autumn and into winter, students will follow a seasonal nature study course covering a range of topics that address the how’s and why’s of our ever changing natural world. Students will participate in whole group activities and individual exploration, as well as crafting, building, creating, and making.

Program begins September 6th and ends December 14th. Program will NOT meet November 22nd.

Daily Schedule
10:00am- 10:15am opening circle
10:15am-10:45am nature study
10:45am-11:15am whole group activity
11:15am-11:45am lunch
11:45am-1:15pm independent exploration
1:15pm-1:30pm closing circle

Class locations:
Eugene Field (9/6, 10/25)
North Park Nature Village (9/13, 11/1)
Horner Park (9/20, 11/8)
West Ridge Nature Park (9/27, 11/15)
Walking stick woods/ Peterson Park (10/4, 11/29)
Gompers Park (10/11, 12/6)
Indian Boundary Park (10/18, 12/13)

* Inclement weather relocation to Irving Park Lutheran Church
Less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit
Greater than 90 degrees Fahrenheit
Thunderstorm, hail
Wind chill advisory/warning

Families are responsible for providing appropriate, weather specific clothing and gear.

Your child will have the most fun if they are dry, warm, and prepared for all weather conditions.
Most items can be found/ purchased second hand. Below is a suggested list.

20-40 degrees:
Snowsuit, waterproof snow boots
Rain suit, waterproof rain boots
Waterproof mittens or gloves
Wool or fleece hat, heavy scarf, wool socks
Base-layers (long underwear, silk tights, or wool tights)
Mid-layers (long sleeves, sweater, jogging pants)

50-60 degrees:
Rain suit, waterproof rain boots
Coat/ jacket (down/ synthetic fill or multilayer)
Mid-layers (long sleeves, sweater, jogging pants)
Waterproof mittens or gloves
Light scarf, light mittens or gloves, cotton socks

70-90 degrees:
Rain suit/ rain jacket, waterproof rain boots
Wind breaker, soft jacket
Light-layers (short sleeves, leggings/ pants, knee length shorts)
Closed toed shoes, cotton socks
Sun hat, cap or visor
Sunscreen, bug spray

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