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This calendar lists CGCC events plus community events in Chicago and the local suburbs that might be of interest for our members.  A few select national events and webinars are included also.  

Contact us if you have an event to share. For information on organizations that offer ongoing programs, see the Resources page.  

Please check back often, as the calendar is updated frequently. While we do our best to update events when we receive new information, due to the fluid situation with COVID-19 we suggest that you check with the sponsoring organizations to confirm if an event still is taking place. 

All times are quoted in Central time.


 CGCC events are highlighted in green.     Events sponsored by professional members are highlighted in yellow.


Upcoming events

    • January 25, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CST)
    • YouTube, Adler Planetarium
    Sky Observers Hangout: Star Colors

    Winter’s bright stars give us a perfect opportunity to observe different star colors in our sky, from orangey reds to brilliant blues. :sparkles:What stars can you see in your sky? What can star colors tell us about the stars we see? And why aren’t there any green or purple stars?  Watch this episode of Sky Observers Hangout to learn how you can stargaze and understand the colors in your own stellar skies! 

    No tickets or reservations required to attend Sky Observers Hangout—it’s free and open to everyone! All you need is an internet connection and access to YouTube!

    For more details, please see here. Also, check out their calendar for future events. 

    • January 25, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (CST)
    • Zoom, Catherine Gruener


    Presented by Catherine Gruener

    How to:

    • Feel More Confident about when Parenting Your Gifted Child
    • Help Family Members Get Along Better
    • Teach Respectful Communication and Problem Solving
    • Decrease Problematic Behavior
    • Increase Your Enjoyment of Parenting
    • and so much more in as little as 30 Minutes each week (I promise that this formula when used as recommended takes 20-30 minutes each week and the average client sees changes and results after using the formula consistently after 4 meetings).

    Click here for complete details and registration. Fee: $27



    • January 26, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM (CST)
    • Online, Roycemore School Evanston
    3 smiling students with Roycemore logo. Text says, Virtual Admissions Morning, January 26th, 830-1000 a.m. Roycemore College Prep for Pre-K through 12th Grade

    For 100 years, Roycemore has prepared students for college and beyond by focusing on each student’s individual strengths and talents. We are an independent school offering a Pre-School through 12th Grade experience. We offer rigorous academics in addition to helping students develop important power skills such as problem solving, design thinking, and emotional intelligence. Find out more about our signature programs, our partnership with Northwestern University, and our collaboration with Adobe Inc at a Virtual Admissions Morning.

    Registration is Required: https://roycemoreschool.org/admissions/campus-tour/

    Virtual Admissions Mornings

    December 8, 2020

    8:30-10:00am

    January 26, 2021

    8:30-10:00am

    March 2, 2021

    8:30-10:00am

    April 20, 2021

    8:30-10:00am

    May 18, 2021

    8:30-10:00am



    • January 26, 2021
    • 1:00 PM (CST)
    • Facebook Live, Sand Ridge Nature Center

    Have you ever had a question about birds? Do you wish you knew how to get started birding? How about how to get more birds to your yard? Program Specialist Jessica Becker is here to help! Catch her live as she answers your most burning questions regarding the birds of Cook County.

    Free event.  Click here for complete details. Also, check out their calendar for other interesting and free events. 

    • January 26, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM (CST)
    • Online, Science & Arts Academy

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    Enriching and Extending Reading for Your Gifted Child 

    Are you interested in cultivating a deeper reading experience for your gifted child?  Join us for this 30-minute virtual Snapshot event with SAA’s Dr. Ama Thompson to learn ways to enhance your child’s reading at home, including book selection tips and practical enrichment and extension ideas.

    Click here for complete details and to register.


    • January 26, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM (CST)
    • Online, Cosley Zoo

    The Cosley Zoo Scientists program is perfect for children ages 8-10 who love to learn how things work! Join us via zoom each month for an instructor-led science activity and a visit from one of the zoo’s animals.

    Participants will receive a supply list via e-mail one week before class. Supplies will be common household items found in most homes.

    This class requires a minimum number of participants in order to run. Registration fees are non-refundable unless the zoo needs to cancel the program, in which case participants will be notified and will receive a full refund.

    $9 fee. For more details and registration, please see here. For more animal related events by the same provider, please check out their Eventbrite page at this link. 

    • January 26, 2021
    • 5:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom, The School of the New York Times

    It's that time again! Applications for Summer Academy 2021 are now open and we're here to answer your most pressing questions. Join us on Tuesday, January 26 for a virtual information session on Zoom. We’ll be taking your questions and discussing the courses, specialized programming and community-building activities that will be offered online next summer. It's also your opportunity to better understand how our admission process works and how to apply for financial aid or our full-tuition Diverse Voices Scholarship.

    Click here for complete details and registration.

    • January 26, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)
    • Online, SENG
    SENGinar: Confident and Curious: Reducing Worry and Developing Independence in Anxious 2E Students

    Living in a world that’s increasingly unpredictable, today’s kids are more anxious than ever before. In this workshop, Dr. Sharon Saline, veteran psychologist and author, discusses the grip of anxiety and what parents and professionals can do to help reduce the worries of 2E kids. After looking at the physiology, psychology and common sources of anxiety, she will show you how to help 2E children and teens change their relationship to worry, realistically evaluate situations and tolerate uncertainty. You’ll learn effective tools to teach them how to calm down, avoid the pitfalls of negative thinking and build lasting resilience.

    For more details and $40 registration, please see here.  For similar events by the same provider, check out their calendar


    • January 26, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom, Brookfield Zoo
    The Dolphins of Sarasota Bay – Lessons from 50 Years of Study

    Learn about the 50-year history of the CZS’ Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, which conducts the world's longest-running study of a wild dolphin population.  Join Dr. Wells, one of the program’s founders, as hear about the biology, behavior, ecology, social structure, life history, health of, and human impacts on, the long-term resident community of Sarasota Bay dolphins. 

    Suggested donation of $10. For more details and registration, please see here

    • January 27, 2021
    • (CST)
    • YouTube, Adler Planetarium

    Skywatch Weekly is a YouTube video series from the Adler that encourages viewers to get to know their night sky. Each episode highlights objects like constellations and planets you’ll be able to spot on your own at home during the upcoming week, a weekly challenge, and other fun facts about our universe.

    No tickets or reservations required to attend! All you need is an internet connection and access to YouTubeCatch new episodes on YouTube every Wednesday! You can browse their playlist above using the playlist menu in the top righthand corner of the video or visit our YouTube channel for the latest Skywatch Weekly updates. Don’t forget to subscribe if you want to get notifications when they post new videos!

    For more details, please see here. Also, check out their calendar for future events. 

    • January 27, 2021
    • 1:00 PM (CST)
    • Online, National Girls Collaborative Project
    Reach Across the Stars: Meet Your Female Space & Science Heroes

    Virtually "meet" women who have blazed trails in space and related science fields in our upcoming webinar to celebrate National Mentoring Month, highlighting the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).   

    This webinar will consist of a panel with STEM professionals and scientists who are featured in a free augmented reality (AR) app designed to allow users to explore the universe and unlock the often-overlooked stories of women and their contributions to space exploration and science.   During the webinar, and in further exploration in the app, you’ll get to hear about the challenges, motivations and even the hobbies of these scientists and STEM professionals, while getting a behind the scenes glimpse at their work.   

    Click here to learn more and download the app. For more details about the event, please see here


    • January 27, 2021
    • 4:00 PM (CST)
    • Online, Bridges Academy
    Bridges Academy Online Open Houses for High School

    Bridges Academy, a school for twice-exceptional students, is launching an online high school beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year. They invite you to join them at an upcoming open house to learn more about the program.

    Please enter your information in the form here to RSVP for one of their virtual open houses on January 27 and 28 (see drop down menu for 2 different times on each day). You will be emailed a Zoom link one day before the event which you can use to attend the Open House.


    • January 27, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CST)
    • Online, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    Our Curiosity Club is diving into bugs, fossils, and more! Young scientists ages 5-9 will get an up-close look at our collections and more through this virtual, interactive experience.

    Join facilitators Airen and Marjorie to learn all about amphibians! We’ll observe some of the museum’s amphibians including frogs and toads. Use close observation to investigate where they live in the wild, what they eat, and we’ll even watch a live frog feeding!

    For more details and free registration, please see here.  Check out their calendar for similar events. 

    • January 27, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom, American Writers Museum
    Book Discussion: Charming Falls Apart

    Join us for a virtual book discussion hosted by the Chicago Council of the American Writers Museum’s Olivia Bedi, Heather Grove and Katy Mickelson. We’ll discuss Angela Terry’s debut novel Charming Falls Apart with Angela herself, plus enjoy a specialty coffee cocktail inspired by the book! This event takes place January 27 at 7:00 pm Central and will be hosted via Zoom, register for the event here.  For more details and the recipe, please see here

    For upcoming events by the same provider, check out their calendar.  

    • January 27, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
    • Morton Arboretum, Lisle
    Trolls After Dark Guided Hike (In Person)

    Schedule and location

    7:00 to 9:00 p.m
    Thornhill Shelter near P-21

    Fees and registration

    (Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

    $16.00 member

    $23.00 guest

    BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

    EVENT description

    The Arboretum closes at dusk, so enjoy this special opportunity to see the mysterious forest protectors under the light of the moon. As you navigate the west side trails, your guide will entertain you with stories about the trolls’ origins, their message of conservation, and what the trees and wildlife are up to during the long dark nights when no one else is around.

    The hike will begin at Thornhill Education Center before heading out to the west side troll locations, passing beautiful Lake Marmo and Willoway Brook along the way. Infiltrate the secret troll habitat, climb into the mouth of Little Arturs when no one else is around, and enjoy a pensive moment looking out at Daffodil Glade with Niels Bragger.

    Note: Held outdoors. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy, comfortable shoes. Plan to walk up to two miles over varied terrain. Ages 16+. Limit 10

    Click here for details and registration.


    • January 28, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CST)
    • Zoom
    Register

    Book Club Discussion
    & Upcoming Author's Talk with Michelle Kane 

    You’re invited to join hosts Violeta Balan, a CGCC parent along with Katherine Peterson, a SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator, in an online book club conversation and an upcoming author's talk with a local renowned author and gifted advocate. 

    Considering the difficult times parents are still facing, we have decided to focus our next discussion on the topic of mindfulness, a practice for children but also self-care for adults.  On January 28, 2021, we will start discussing this book by a renowned local author: Planting Seeds of Mindfulness: Creating the Conditions to Help Gifted Kids to Flourish and Bloom Intellectually, Emotionally, and Spiritually by Michele Kane & Dorothy A. Sisk. However, if you have read or prefer other mindfulness books, please feel free to revise those and share with us your thoughts on the topic.  

    Next meeting  will occur two weeks later, on February 11, 2021, and we have the great pleasure and privilege to host Prof. Kane, the author of the aforementioned book, a well-known local gifted advocate and mentor to our community, and engage with her in a very lively discussion about mindfulness, self-care and other burning issues on your mind.   

    Log in details are sent in a confirmation email after you register.  Please register for each discussion individually (one is not required for the other) and let us know if your plans change later. Register here for the January 28 meeting and here for the February 11 meeting. 

    Welcome to you all, with whatever time you have to partake in building our gifted community through reading, understanding and conversation.  Please reach out with any questions to Katherine Peterson or Violeta Balan.  Katherine has shared a mindfulness practice recording for us to consider using, if needed. 

    • January 28, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (CST)
    • Online, Poetry Foundation

    All are invited to a weekly exploration of poetry, and what it can do and be in the world. Participants will read and discuss a wide range of contemporary poems, including works of textual art and performance. Participants will receive guidance in the creation of their own work, and will develop their ideal vision for the future of the poetry world. Sessions are free, but space is limited; to reserve a space, please email library@poetryfoundation.org.

    Grades 6-8. 

    Thursday, January 14, 2021, 5:00 PM–6:00 PM CST 

    Thursday, January 21, 2021, 5:00 PM–6:00 PM CST 

    Thursday, January 28, 2021, 5:00 PM–6:00 PM CST

    Link will be provided upon registration. Click here for complete details.


    • January 28, 2021
    • 5:00 PM (CST)
    • Online, Bridges Academy
    Bridges Academy Online Open Houses for High School

    Bridges Academy, a school for twice-exceptional students, is launching an online high school beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year. They invite you to join them at an upcoming open house to learn more about the program.

    Please enter your information in the form here to RSVP for one of their virtual open houses on January 27 and 28 (see drop down menu for 2 different times on each day). You will be emailed a Zoom link one day before the event which you can use to attend the Open House.


    • January 29, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 9:45 AM (CST)
    • Online, Cosley Zoo
    Cosley Zoo - Animal Chat

    Join a zoo instructor to learn all about one of the zoo’s ambassador animals with a zoo instructor, with time for questions. Great for all ages. All programs are $9 per household.

    Monday, January 18 | Spider | 9:30-9:45A | Register
    Monday, January 18 | Chicken | 1:30-1:45P | Register
    Friday, January 29 | Snake | 9:30-9:45A | Register
    Friday, January 29 | Insect | 1:30-1:45P | Register
    Monday, February 15 | Lizard | 9:30-9:45A | Register
    Monday, February 15 | Millipede | 1:30-1:45P | Register
    Friday, February 26 | Armadillo | 9:30-9:45A | Register
    Friday, February 26 | Turtle | 1:30-1:45P | Register

    For more animal related events by the same provider, please check out their Eventbrite page at this link. 

    • January 29, 2021
    • (CST)
    • May 07, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 14 sessions
    • Central United Methodist Church, 8237 Kenton, Skokie
    Registration is closed

    Due to precautions required because of COVID-19 and limited classes available, for the Winter-Spring 2021 semester we are limiting enrollment to existing families.
    We hope to return to a full schedule for the Fall session, 
    and look forward to welcoming new families at that time
    .

    LOGYC, Learning Opportunities for Gifted Youth, is a place where children can learn among other gifted children and have the opportunity to work at ability level versus being age restricted. At LOGYC, children can feel accepted for who they are, without having to hide their strengths or weaknesses. They don't need to underachieve to conform or feel isolated in feeling "not normal." They receive support for oversensitivities and integrating into a group learning environment. But please keep in mind that this is a co-op, not a school, and parents are expected to fully contribute/participate.

    This unique community is a safe space to be gifted and to connect with like-minded peers, for students and parents alike.

    Registering for the co-op allows you to register for our many fabulous classes - check them out! 

    Many of our classes have flexible age ranges, as gifted kids often have asynchronistic development. If you have any questions about class details, whether a class would be appropriate for your kid[s], or the coop in general, please email us at logyc@chicagogiftedcommunity.org.


    • January 29, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CST)
    • Online, Art Institute of Chicago
    Virtual Studio: Kid Koala—Music To Draw To

    Artist and composer Kid Koala broadcasts live from his Montreal studio for this special Art Institute presentation of “Music To Draw To.”  

    Listen to Kid Koala’s quiet time music set while sketching artworks from the museum’s wide-ranging collection. The program features artworks by Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Georgia O’Keeffe, among others, along with a livestream video of Kid Koala’s studio performance.

    This program is presented as part of Artists on Artists, a public program series that highlights the creative process and creative communities. Through this series, leading artists, authors, musicians, and performers inspire new ways of understanding the museum’s collection while making connections to their own practice.

    For more details about this free program, please see here. Check out the Art Institute's calendar for other similar events. 



    • January 29, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CST)
    • YouTube, CIERA

    CIERA Astronomy LIVE brings Northwestern University astronomers to the public in an interactive online format. Trivia, short presentations and interviews, and plenty of opportunity to ask questions, make these events fun and accessible for everyone.  Come hang out and chat about the Universe.

    For more details and link to CIERA's channel, please see here

    • January 30, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM (CST)
    • Online, Williams & Mary, Center for Gifted Education
    Focusing on the Future 2021: A Virtual Career and Academic Planning Experience

    Focusing on the Future (FOF) exposes high-ability learners to career opportunities related to the arts, humanities, mathematics, and sciences. The program also informs parents of considerations and guidelines for effective career and academic planning.

    Student Workshops 

    Students have the opportunity to learn about four career areas. Students are exposed to (a) information about work habits and "habits of mind" (e.g., precision and objectivity in math, skepticism and curiosity in science) that lead to successful careers in various fields, (b) an interactive discussion about a variety of career opportunities in a particular field, and (c) steps to take to prepare for specific careers.

    Parent and Counselor Workshops

    Parents and counselors have the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops, which will assist them in guiding their children and students with academic and career planning.

    For more details and registration, please see here. Early bird registration is $60.00 per person. 

    • January 30, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CST)
    • Zoom, Lake County Forest Preserve
    How to Read the Natural World

    Do you rely on trees to help you find your way instead of a GPS? This program will introduce you to the long-forgotten skill of reading natural clues for tracking, navigation and location of resources. A Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants no later than one hour prior to the start of the program. $3 fee for ages 12 and up. Ticket is required.

    For more details and registration, please see here. For other events by the same provider, check out this calendar. 

     

    • January 30, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CST)
    • Online, Quest Academy

    We invite you to get to know Quest Academy for your gifted learner. Meet our teachers, staff and our Head of School to learn how they approach gifted education and encourage each child’s journey toward personal growth and excellence. Quest Academy emphasizes achievement for the gifted child in both the academics and arts. We look forward to introducing you to Quest Academy.

    In our time together, you will:

    • Meet our Head of School and Admissions team.
    • Learn our perspective on who the gifted child is, and what life is like for our students.
    • Get to know our trusted teachers and how they are leading the way in gifted education.
    • Learn about the safety protocols that have allowed us to offer multiple attendance options (in-person, virtual and flexible).
    • Ask questions about Quest Academy and admissions process

    Click here for complete details and registration.

    • January 30, 2021
    • 1:30 PM (CST)
    • Zoom, Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center
    Zoology Club: Hibernate, Migrate or Tolerate

    Participants, 12+ years of age, will be introduced to the discipline and profession of Zoology virtually, with the topic for this meeting being how wildlife survives freezing temperatures.

    For more details and free registration, please see here.  Check their calendar for future events nearby. 

    • January 31, 2021
    • 1:30 PM (CST)
    • Zoom, Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, Evanston

    We are launching an online version of our monthly craft program; each month, we will host a virtual interactive craft session.  We are building up to offering craft kits that will be available online and for pick-up! This month we will provide a FREE printable coloring page that connects with creation stories that will be covered by Josee Starr, our education coordinator.

    For more details and registration, please see here

    • February 02, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (CST)
    • Online, ADDItude Magazine
    When Teen Stress Ignites Strong Emotions: Teaching Anger and Frustration Management

    Parents today are weathering strong and turbulent emotions — their own and those of their adolescents with ADHD. Anger, loneliness, sadness, and frustration are running rampant during the pandemic. We have to learn to manage them, and so do our teens. Disruptions in emotional regulation affect social relationships, which can further complicate and aggravate the situation. Our teens want to manage these feelings, and parents want to help them.

    Combining humor and compassion, veteran ADHD coach Brendan Mahan will explore proven strategies for improving emotional management at home. Through collaboration and clear communication, families can work together to bolster executive function skills and navigate this crisis with more understanding and less conflict.

    In this webinar, you will learn:

    • How ADHD, anxiety, and age affect teen emotions
    • Communication skills that address situations causing strong emotions
    • Ways to identify dysregulated emotions in our teens
    • Strategies for helping our kids manage their emotions
    • Methods for regulating parent emotions so they can better help their teens

    For more details how to register for this free, expert webinar, please see here.  For a list of future or past expert talks by the same provider, check out this index.  


    • February 02, 2021
    • 2:00 PM (CST)
    • Facebook Live, River Trail Nature Center

    Learn the story behind this peculiar holiday.  Free event. For more details, please see here.  Check their calendar for other interesting events by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. 

    • February 02, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom, DuPage Forest Preserve

    Learn about the anatomy, behaviors and fascinating facts and myths of DuPage County’s largest squirrel (including why you won’t see one in the wild on Groundhog Day). Ages 8 and up; under 18 with an adult.  $5 per person. Register online or at 630-942-6200. 

    For more details and registration, please see here.  For other events by the same provider, check out their calendar here

     

    • February 02, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)
    • Online, Anderson's Bookshop

    Join Anderson's Bookshops for a virtual event with beloved local author Aaron Reynolds to celebrate the release of the second book in the laugh-out-loud fart-themed adventure series, Fart Quest: The Barf of the Bedazzler!  Perfect for any middle grade reader who loves to laugh!

    For more details and registration, please see here. $0-26 fee.  For other author's talks, check out their calendar


    • February 03, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CST)
    • Zoom
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:     

    The Gifted Adult: A Revolutionary Guide for  Liberating Everyday Genius
    Mary-Elaine Jacobsen 


    Bring your favorite morning brew and join us on Zoom for a discussion of this month's book and how it relates to your parenting challenges. Read the book in depth, skim it, or take a look at the book cover on Amazon before your run out the door!  The objective is to use the book to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do!

    • February 03, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (CST)
    • Facebook Live, River Trail Nature Center

    Learn the story behind this peculiar holiday.  Free event. Also held on Feb 2 at 2 pm. For more details, please see here.  Check their calendar for other interesting events by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. 

    • February 03, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom, National Museum of Natural History

    Join Entomologist Floyd Shockley to learn about studying insects at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Smithsonian Science How will connect your students to authentic science, discoveries and collections while inviting them to take part in live polls and ask and answer questions throughout.  This webinar is designed for students in grades 3-5. It will be approximately 45 minutes with interactive polls and Q&A, followed by an optional, extended 15-minute Q&A. The primary goals of this webinar are to explore science careers, help students find value in studying the natural world, and build their interest and personal connections to science.

    For more details and registration for this free event, please click here. Check out their calendar for future similar events. 

    • February 03, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)
    • Online, Anderson's Bookshop

    Join Anderson's Bookshops for a virtual event with Rich Cohen to celebrate the release of his latest book, Pee Wees: Confessions of a Hockey ParentNew York Times bestselling author takes a rollicking deep dive into the ultra-competitive world of youth hockey. 

    For more details and registration, please see here. $0-41 fee.  For other author's talks, check out their calendar


    • February 04, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (CST)
    • Online, Poetry Foundation

    All are invited to a weekly exploration of poetry, and what it can do and be in the world. Participants will read and discuss a wide range of contemporary poems, including works of textual art and performance. Participants will receive guidance in the creation of their own work, and will develop their ideal vision for the future of the poetry world. Sessions are free, but space is limited; to reserve a space, please email library@poetryfoundation.org.

    Grades 9-12. 

    Thursday, February 4, 2021, 5:00 PM–6:00 PM CST 

    Thursday, February 11, 2021, 5:00 PM–6:00 PM CST 

    Thursday, February 18, 2021, 5:00 PM–6:00 PM CST

    Link will be provided upon registration. Click here for complete details.


    • February 04, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom
    Register

    2e Thursday

    Guest speaker Maria Wheeler presents
    Deciphering the Secret Code of Social Language Success for 2e Children

    Most social skills are multi-element skills that require our children to engage simultaneously in several different and distinct tasks.  Unfortunately our 2e children struggles with these important social skills and in return may feel left out with their peers.  

    Ms. Wheeler will help us understand why our children struggles and more importantly will explore solutions for our complex learners.  Social skill savvy is often like a multi-course meal where each temperature, texture, and presentation is well thought out far ahead of time and carefully executed by an accomplished chef.  For many learners whose brains work remarkably well for academic tasks, this social skill expertise is simply not on the menu.  Navigating a minefield of different perspectives, cultures, and needs that others bring to the social experience can create so much anxiety that this metaphorical "meal" can unfortunately end with our kids feeling like they have endured a bad case of food poisoning!  We will discuss the current body of research and information from both the medical and educational fields that can help make you an expert in addressing social skills acquisition successfully with your learner.

    Maria Wheeler earned her master's degree in education/speech-language pathology from Valdosta State University (Georgia) in 1998.  Maria has 22 years of experience evaluating and treating students ages 3-21 with communication disorders and providing various training and staff development for colleagues that enables students to benefit from research-based techniques to improve communication and behavior.  Pragmatic (social) language skills is a specialty area for Ms. Wheeler as well as Alternative and Augmentative Communication.  Maria's philosophy is that when we help our kids improve their language skills, we help them improve their worlds.

    • February 05, 2021
    • (CST)
    • February 06, 2021
    • (CST)
    • Online, Illinois Association for Gifted Children

    Educators, school and district administrators and gifted specialists are invited to attend the IAGC virtual “Equity & Inclusion in Action Summit” on Friday and Saturday, February 5-6, 2021. (Although this summit is geared toward education professionals, interested parents are also welcome!)

    At this special summit, state and national experts will share six special one-hour presentations focused on practical strategies to identify and meet the needs of advanced learners from diverse racial, cultural, linguistic and socio-economic backgrounds. Presentations will be followed by a one-hour lunch break-out session time for networking and informal discussion to further explore topics of interest.

    Member Registration fee: Early Bird: $100; After December 20, 2020: $150

    Non-Member Registration fee: Early Bird: $150; After December 20, 2020: $175

    Recordings of all presentations will be available to registrants after the summit.

    Professional Development Credit: Participants are eligible for one PD hour per session if sign in/sign out and evaluation form requirements are met.

    Click here for complete details and registration.

    • February 05, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (CST)
    • Zoom, Tyree Institute
    Helping Teens Use Technology to Make Healthy Connections

    Join this webinar and learn more about:

    • Current research around teens use of technology
    • Dynamics of how teens use technology to connect
    • Common issues and dangers of popular technology
    • Recommendations to encourage creativity, interests, and hobbies through technology
    • Talking points when communicating with teens

    There will be Q and A following the presentation.

    For registration, please see here. Webinar link will be emailed to all registered participants the day before. The program will be recorded. 


    • February 05, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CST)
    • DuPage Forest Preserve, St James Farm

    Breathe deep on a guided walk through the forest preserve. You must bring a mask that covers your nose and mouth. Ages 18 and up, $5 per person. To register by phone instead, call 630-580-7025.

    For more details and registration, please see here.

    For other events by the same provider, check out their calendar of activities here

     

    • February 06, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CST)
    • Online, Logan Center for the Arts, The University of Chicago

    Join families from all over the world every first Saturday of the month from the comfort of your home. Check out Logan Center's Facebook page for current informationFrom 9a-10a they will be premiering workshops on facebook and creating community with our loved ones and with each other.   

    Click here for complete details. Below is the remaining schedule until this summer.  

    February 6, 2021
    9-10am / Virtual

    Black Joy!
     

    March 6, 2021
    9-10am / Virtual

    Roeblocks and Tic Tok
     

    April 3, 2021
    9-10am / Virtual

    Books on Books on Books


    May 1, 2021
    9-10am / Virtual

    Big Kid Bouquets
     

    June 5, 2021
    9-10am / Virtual

    Watercolors and Rainbows
     



    • February 06, 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
    • Online, Science & Arts Academy

    Be an ​SAA student for the day and join us for our live virtual interactive sessions on Saturday, February 6! Prospective students will experience lessons specifically designed for their grade level by our expert faculty. Parents are invited to watch and learn more about our community. Experience firsthand how gifted children thrive at Science & Arts Academy. ​

    Click here for complete details and to register.

    • February 06, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom, Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art

    Join Geologist, Sara Kurth to explore ancient creatures. Topics include how fossils are made, how scientists find them, and how to start your own fossil collection! Purchase your $20.00 fossil kit complete with 12 specimens from the Museum Shop online or in-store. Test your dinosaur knowledge at the end of the class with “Name that Dino!”

    This is a 60 minute live virtual class with instructor for ages 8 yrs & up  and you need to purchase your kit to reserve your space.  For more details, check out their calendar here

    • February 06, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (CST)
    • DuPage Forest Preserve, Herrick Lake
    Hiking With Our Nocturnal Neighbors 

    Join a naturalist on a search for signs of coyotes, owls and deer, and learn what it takes to survive Illinois' cold winter nights. You must wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth. Ages 18 and up. To register by phone instead, call 630-933-7248. Registration fee $5. 

    For more details and registration, please see here.

    For other events by the same provider, check out their calendar of activities here

    • February 07, 2021
    • (CST)
    • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Online or Chicago

    Please join us for an information session about our unique full-time gifted kindergarten through 12th grade school admissions process and curriculum, our enrichment program, and to meet and network with other gifted families in the area as well as to understand school options and advocacy. RSVP by emailing admissions@mage.education. Please indicate your preference for virtual (1PM) vs. in person (10AM) visit at the time when you make a reservation.

    Because of COVID-19, there’s no actual coffee, BYOB, but we have bottled water.

    In good weather, we will meet in our outdoor classroom, with social distancing, masks, and temperature checks/health screen, followed by a tour inside. If we roll back to phase III then we fall back to a virtual-only event, already scheduled at 1PM on the same day. In that event, you will automatically receive an online video conference link and presentation for that later time.

    We will limit the admissions visit to 9 guests in person at a time and will stagger the tour/group if the demand is greater than 9 to a second session in the day, at 11am.

    Click here for complete details.


    • February 07, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 8:50 PM (CST)
    • Online, Cosley Zoo
    Breakfast with the Birds: Chickens!

    Learn about what chickens need to stay healthy and how we care for these birds here at the zoo. The program will include time for questions from the audience.

    Perfect for all ages!

    This class requires a minimum number of participants in order to run. Registration fees are non-refundable unless the zoo needs to cancel the program, in which case participants will be notified and will receive a full refund.

    $15 fee. For more details and registration, please see here. For more animal related events by the same provider, please check out their Eventbrite page at this link. 

    • February 07, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CST)
    • Zoom, Lake County Forest Preserve

    Have you ever wondered where some of the Lake County animals go during the winter season? Join in for a virtual program to learn about which animals hibernate locally and which ones migrate once the temperature starts to drop. Adult supervision recommended for children who may need assistance with technology. A Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants no later than one hour prior to the start of the program. $3 fee. 

    For more details and registration, please see here. For other events by the same provider, check out this calendar. 

    • February 07, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom, Naper Settlement Museum

    Naper Settlement’s History Speaks Lecture Series showcases a variety of prominent historical figures and topics. Lectures are held one to two times per month based on scheduling.

    History Speaks lectures are currently being held virtually on Zoom until further notice. All programs are from 4-5PM unless stated otherwise. Online pre-registration is required. Registrants will receive a Zoom invitation with information on how to access the virtual lecture prior to the event. Please note: only 100 spaces are available per lecture on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are $10 per person. 

    African American Heroes and Sheroes

    February 7, 2021 | Register

    This program is by Linda Gorham, a storyteller. By looking at her own family’s dreams and goals, Linda Gorham shares stories of African American men and women who broke color barriers and had noteworthy accomplishments – often in spite of difficult circumstances. Gorham incorporates story, music, photographs, personal narrative, quotes, and historical facts to commemorate their achievements.

    Following the Money in the Women's Suffrage Movement

    March 7, 2021 | Register

    Historian Joan Marie Johnson will show how the donations that some wealthy women gave funded new tactics and strategies in the women’s suffrage movement, and helped women get the right to vote in 1920.  Following the Money shows how women made change possible, despite the causes of inequality in a movement for equality.  Joan Marie Johnson has written extensively about the history of women and gender, philanthropy, feminism, race, social reform, and education, including Funding Feminism: Monied Women, Philanthropy, and the Women’s Movement, 1870-1967 (2017). She is currently writing a history of the American women’s suffrage movement for use in college classrooms. She taught women’s history at Northeastern Illinois University for 12 years, was the co-founder and co-director of the Newberry Seminar on Women and Gender at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and now is the Director for Faculty in the Office of the Provost, Northwestern University. She received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her doctorate in history from UCLA.


    For more details and registration for the above events, please see here


    • February 08, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)

    Boundaries: Back to Basics with Jessica Brown-McBroom of Gifted Key Counseling

    For more information and to register, visit the IAGC Parent Event page, where future Parent Virtual Round Table topics are also listed.

    • February 09, 2021
    • 2:00 PM (CST)
    • Facebook Live, River Trail Nature Center

    In this tutorial, FPDCC staff is demonstrating at-home projects to reduce waste and repurpose winter home goods, learn how to make vegetable broth from food waste. Free event.  For more details, please see here.  Check their calendar for other interesting events by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. 

    • February 09, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)
    • Online, SENG
    SENGinar: Sometimes I Just Know Things: Sensitivity, Intuition, and Giftedness

    Gifted individuals are often highly in tune with their environments. As a result, they can pick up on information that may not be evident to somebody less observant than they are. This seminar will introduce some common mechanisms of intuitive information and provide suggestions for self-management and self-care.  For more details and $40 registration, please see here.  For similar events by the same provider, check out their calendar


    • February 10, 2021
    • (CST)
    • February 14, 2021
    • (CST)
    • Online, Fermilab
    2021 Virtual Family Open House: February 10-14

    Fermilab is going to open their house ... in your house! Instead of an on-site open house this year, they're planning five days of online events and activities that you can join from wherever you are! Events and registration links are added each day. Check their site for updates!



    • February 10, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (CST)
    • Zoom
    • 14
    Register



    Join Katherine Peterson and Newenka DuMont, two SENG model parent group facilitators, as they engage you in a monthly, informal discussion about parenting gifted children. Now scheduled at lunch time on Wednesdays.  

    We will meet online using Zoom.

    • February 10, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom, National Museum of Natural History

    Join Biologist Sahas Barve to learn about acorn woodpeckers and how he has studied them in the wild. Sahas will share what he has observed and discovered about this bird species' exceptional family and group-living behaviors and their habit of gathering and storing their favorite food, acorns (you guessed it!).  This webinar is designed for students in grades 3-5. It will be approximately 45 minutes with interactive polls and Q&A, followed by an optional, extended 15-minute Q&A. The primary goals of this webinar are to explore science careers, help students find value in studying the natural world, and build their interest and personal connections to science. 

    For more details and registration for this free event, please click here. Check out their calendar for future similar events. 

    • February 10, 2021
    • 6:00 PM (CST)
    • Online

    Join  virtually to learn more about how Greenfields Academy helps students start their Hero's Journey to find their calling.

    Click here for complete details and registration.

    • February 10, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom, Lake County Forest Preserve
    Ask an Educator LIVE: The Last Ice Age

    Curious to know what Lake County was like during the last Ice Age or what was left behind from it? Embrace the cold and snow, and bring your questions for Environmental Educator April Vaos and Museum Educator Nicole Stocker to answer LIVE.

    This monthly Q&A series features a panel of educators and special guests excited to share their expertise about Lake County nature and history. Join us live via Zoom or Facebook every other Wednesday for a new topic about the amazing history, creatures and places that make our county special.               

    Free. Adult supervision required.

    For more details and registration, please see here. For other events by the same provider, check out this calendar. 

    • February 11, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CST)
    • Zoom
    Register

    Book Club Discussion
    & Author's Talk

    You’re invited to join hosts Violeta Balan, a CGCC board member along with Katherine Peterson, a SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator, and board member in an online book club conversation created to support your journey as parents of gifted children.  

    This week, we will continue discussing the topic of mindfulness, a practice for children but also self-care for adults. We are suggesting this book by a local teacher and renowned  author: Planting Seeds of Mindfulness: Creating the Conditions to Help Gifted Kids to Flourish and Bloom Intellectually, Emotionally, and Spiritually by Michele Kane & Dorothy A. Sisk. However, if you have read or prefer other mindfulness books, please feel free to revise those and share with us your thoughts on the topic.  Katherine has shared a mindfulness practice recording for us to consider using, if needed. 

    Prof. Kane, the author of the book, a well-known local gifted advocate and CGCC's friend and mentor to our community, has kindly accepted the invitation to join us for this discussion. Please bring your burning questions and enjoy a lively discussion about self care and mindful practices. 

    Log in details are sent in a confirmation email after you register.  If your plans change, please let us know prior to the meeting.  Next meeting  will occur in two weeks on February 25, 2021 and we will most likely continue discussing the topic of mindfulness with an emphasis on self-care.  

    Welcome to you all, with whatever time you have to partake in building our gifted community through reading, understanding and conversation.  Please reach out with any questions to Katherine Peterson or Violeta Balan.  


    • February 11, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (CST)
    • Online, Poetry Foundation

    All are invited to a weekly exploration of poetry, and what it can do and be in the world. Participants will read and discuss a wide range of contemporary poems, including works of textual art and performance. Participants will receive guidance in the creation of their own work, and will develop their ideal vision for the future of the poetry world. Sessions are free, but space is limited; to reserve a space, please email library@poetryfoundation.org.

    Grades 9-12. 

    Thursday, February 4, 2021, 5:00 PM–6:00 PM CST 

    Thursday, February 11, 2021, 5:00 PM–6:00 PM CST 

    Thursday, February 18, 2021, 5:00 PM–6:00 PM CST

    Link will be provided upon registration. Click here for complete details.


    • February 12, 2021
    • (CST)
    • Online, The Cornell Lab
    Great Backyard Bird Count

    Take part in this international birding event between February 12 and 15, 2021. Look for different species and then record your sightings online.  Submit one or more lists over the four days of counting and you become a contributing citizen scientist (community scientist). Click here for complete details.

    • February 13, 2021
    • (CST)
    • Online, The Cornell Lab
    Great Backyard Bird Count

    Take part in this international birding event between February 12 and 15, 2021. Look for different species and then record your sightings online.  Submit one or more lists over the four days of counting and you become a contributing citizen scientist (community scientist). Click here for complete details.

    • February 13, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CST)
    • Morton Arboretum, Lisle

    Learn about birds and decorate a wooden birdhouse to take home. Discover the perfect place for your bird house and explore some winter birds that live here at the Arboretum on a short walk through the woods. Strollers welcome.

    Schedule and location

    10:00 to 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

    Cudahy, Administration Building

    Section A: Saturday, February 13, 2021  Register now
    Section B: Sunday, February 14, 2021  Register now
    Section D: Saturday, February 20, 2021  Register now
    Section B: Sunday, February 21, 2021  Register now

    Fees and registration

    Fee is per person. Fee includes Arboretum admission.  Separate fee for birdhouse.  Minimum of (1) birdhouse required per family. 
    All participants, including children under two, need a ticket.
    $10.00 member
    $17.00 guest
    $6 per birdhouse
    BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

    Notes: Limit 8. Additional fee for birdhouse. Recommended Ages:  Families with children age 4 and older. A portion of this program will be outdoors, please dress for the weather. Registration closes 2 days before the section date.Masks are required for everyone except for children under age 2.

    Click here for details and registration.


    • February 13, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CST)
    • Online, Poetry Foundation

    Join us for a special Valentine’s Day themed reading for young people ages 8 and under with Jillian Tamaki. Tamaki is the author and illustrator of the picture books They Say Blue, a Caldecott Honor book, and Our Little Kitchen, as well as being co-creator (with Mariko Tamaki) of the YA graphic novels SKIM and This One Summer, which won a Governor General’s Award and a Caldecott Honor. 

    Click here for complete details.

    • February 13, 2021
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (CST)
    • Online, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    Our Curiosity Club is diving into bugs, fossils, and more! Young scientists ages 5-9 will get an up-close look at our collections and more through this virtual, interactive experience.

    Join entomologist Allen and educator Nicole to explore insects up close! Using a special magnifying lens, we’ll observe different features of insect specimens that we couldn’t see with just our eyes. We’ll compare legs, wings, and even mouthparts to learn more about different bugs and their bodies.

    For more details and free registration, please see here.  For other events by the same provider, please check out their calendar

    • February 13, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM (CST)
    • Online, Cosley Zoo
    Winter Wonderings with Cosley Zoo - Biomimicry

    Have you ever wondered about how nature can help people? Biomimicry uses strategies found in nature to design solutions to human problems. By studying nature, we have learned how to create buildings that don’t need air conditioning, how to design high-speed trains, and how to create wetsuits that keep us warm in very cold water. Join us to learn more about how the animal world has inspired inventors! This program will include time for audience questions.

    Concepts presented in this program are appropriate for grades 2 - adult.

    This class requires a minimum number of participants in order to run. Registration fees are non-refundable unless the zoo needs to cancel the program, in which case participants will be notified and will receive a full refund.

    $20 fee. For more details and registration, please see here. For more animal related events by the same provider, please check out their Eventbrite page at this link. 

    • February 13, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
    • River Trail Nature Center in Northbrook

    Couples and friends are invited to enjoy an evening nature center experience at their leisure. Walk our candlelit trails through the forest and warm up around one of our small campfires. Limited space available.

    Registration timeslots every half hour, 5–8 pm. Program outdoors only. All participants are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing. 

    Free event but registration required. For more details, please see here.  Check their calendar for other interesting events by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. 

    • February 13, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
    • Sand Ridge Nature Center in South Holland

    Enjoy Sand Ridge at night during a relaxing candle lit walk through the woods on our beautiful trails. Multiple time slots available. All participants are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing. 

    Free event but required registration.  Click here for complete details. Check out their calendar for events by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. 

    • February 14, 2021
    • (CST)
    • Online, The Cornell Lab
    Great Backyard Bird Count

    Take part in this international birding event between February 12 and 15, 2021. Look for different species and then record your sightings online.  Submit one or more lists over the four days of counting and you become a contributing citizen scientist (community scientist). Click here for complete details.

    • February 14, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CST)
    • Morton Arboretum, Lisle

    Learn about birds and decorate a wooden birdhouse to take home. Discover the perfect place for your bird house and explore some winter birds that live here at the Arboretum on a short walk through the woods. Strollers welcome.

    Schedule and location

    10:00 to 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

    Cudahy, Administration Building

    Section A: Saturday, February 13, 2021  Register now
    Section B: Sunday, February 14, 2021  Register now
    Section D: Saturday, February 20, 2021  Register now
    Section B: Sunday, February 21, 2021  Register now

    Fees and registration

    Fee is per person. Fee includes Arboretum admission.  Separate fee for birdhouse.  Minimum of (1) birdhouse required per family. 
    All participants, including children under two, need a ticket.
    $10.00 member
    $17.00 guest
    $6 per birdhouse
    BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

    Notes: Limit 8. Additional fee for birdhouse. Recommended Ages:  Families with children age 4 and older. A portion of this program will be outdoors, please dress for the weather. Registration closes 2 days before the section date.Masks are required for everyone except for children under age 2.

    Click here for details and registration.


    • February 15, 2021
    • (CST)
    • Online, The Cornell Lab
    Great Backyard Bird Count

    Take part in this international birding event between February 12 and 15, 2021. Look for different species and then record your sightings online.  Submit one or more lists over the four days of counting and you become a contributing citizen scientist (community scientist). Click here for complete details.

    • February 15, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 9:45 AM (CST)
    • Online, Cosley Zoo
    Cosley Zoo - Animal Chat

    Join a zoo instructor to learn all about one of the zoo’s ambassador animals with a zoo instructor, with time for questions. Great for all ages. All programs are $9 per household.

    Monday, January 18 | Spider | 9:30-9:45A | Register
    Monday, January 18 | Chicken | 1:30-1:45P | Register
    Friday, January 29 | Snake | 9:30-9:45A | Register
    Friday, January 29 | Insect | 1:30-1:45P | Register
    Monday, February 15 | Lizard | 9:30-9:45A | Register
    Monday, February 15 | Millipede | 1:30-1:45P | Register
    Friday, February 26 | Armadillo | 9:30-9:45A | Register
    Friday, February 26 | Turtle | 1:30-1:45P | Register

    For more animal related events by the same provider, please check out their Eventbrite page at this link. 

    • February 17, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom, Oriental Institute

    Think skeletons are just for Halloween? The bones inside you would disagree: you use your skeleton every day! What's more, written on your own bones is the story of the physical activities you take part in and the food you eat. Explore how this knowledge helps archaeologists learn about the lives of ancient people while also learning how to help your own bones tell the great story of healthy living. You'll get a hands-on, kid's crash course in bioarchaeology from a real bioarchaeologist!

    For more details and registration for this free event, please see here

    • February 17, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)
    • Online, NIU STEM Cafe
    STEM Café: Unlocking the Climate Secrets of Polar Regions

    We’re living through climate change that is without precedent not only in human history but in Earth history. The polar regions – Arctic and Antarctic – are experiencing the most dramatic changes, in a process called “polar amplification” of global warming. Learn more about this process, which is critically important to all of us, with NIU Professor of Geology and Environmental Geosciences Reed Scherer.

    Scherer will compare current changes with the rates and causes of prehistoric, preindustrial climate change – a field of study called paleoclimatology. He’ll explain why such studies are critical to understanding and forecasting climate futures in order to prevent the most catastrophic effects of climate change. Join us to learn about the surprising speed with which critical places on Earth are changing – and what we can do about it.

    For more details and free registration, please see here.  

    • February 17, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
    • Morton Arboretum, Lisle
    Trolls After Dark Guided Hike (In Person)

    Schedule and location

    7:00 to 9:00 p.m
    Thornhill Shelter near P-21

    Fees and registration

    (Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

    $16.00 member

    $23.00 guest

    BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

    EVENT description

    The Arboretum closes at dusk, so enjoy this special opportunity to see the mysterious forest protectors under the light of the moon. As you navigate the west side trails, your guide will entertain you with stories about the trolls’ origins, their message of conservation, and what the trees and wildlife are up to during the long dark nights when no one else is around.

    The hike will begin at Thornhill Education Center before heading out to the west side troll locations, passing beautiful Lake Marmo and Willoway Brook along the way. Infiltrate the secret troll habitat, climb into the mouth of Little Arturs when no one else is around, and enjoy a pensive moment looking out at Daffodil Glade with Niels Bragger.

    Note: Held outdoors. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy, comfortable shoes. Plan to walk up to two miles over varied terrain. Ages 16+. Limit 10

    Click here for details and registration.


    • February 18, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM (CST)
    • Online, Science & Arts Academy

    Picture

    Understanding the Process of IQ Testing 

    IQ testing helps parents identify a child’s unique needs and talents. Psychologist Dr. Vinita Bhojwani-Patel will dive into the process of IQ testing and explain the various cognitive domain areas used to determine IQ, the different subtests within the domain areas, achievement versus ability in children, as well as testing validity, reliability and limitations of IQ testing.

    Click here for complete details and registration.


    • February 18, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (CST)
    • Online, Poetry Foundation

    All are invited to a weekly exploration of poetry, and what it can do and be in the world. Participants will read and discuss a wide range of contemporary poems, including works of textual art and performance. Participants will receive guidance in the creation of their own work, and will develop their ideal vision for the future of the poetry world. Sessions are free, but space is limited; to reserve a space, please email library@poetryfoundation.org.

    Grades 9-12. 

    Thursday, February 4, 2021, 5:00 PM–6:00 PM CST 

    Thursday, February 11, 2021, 5:00 PM–6:00 PM CST 

    Thursday, February 18, 2021, 5:00 PM–6:00 PM CST

    Link will be provided upon registration. Click here for complete details.


    • February 18, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (CST)
    • Zoom, Lake County Forest Preserve
    Bird Groups, Habitats and Migration

    You can find bobolink, cranes, warblers, and many more species if you know where and when to look. This presentation reveals the lives of birds, how habitat is important and their adaptation for survival. We will also take a close look at some bird study skins and talk about the waves of migration that run March through May.

    Enjoy free programs every first and third Thursday evening. Engage in hands-on programs, and expand your curiosity. Come discover the possibilities the museum has for all ages! Ticket Required. 

    For more details and registration, please see here. For other events by the same provider, check out this calendar. 

    • February 19, 2021
    • (CST)
    • February 21, 2021
    • (CST)
    • Online, Wild Things
    Wild Things Conference 2021: Staying Connected Through Nature

    Register Now for Part 1: February 19-21
    Register Now for Part 2: February 26-28

    The 2021 virtual conference features workshops and sessions from regional and national experts—plus meet & greets, video content, and exhibitors—with something for everyone, including you!

    Whether you want to learn about the plants and animals that call our region home or hear about new ecological research, whether you want to know where or how to get involved in conservation or meet other people passionate about nature, this is your event!

    Registration for each weekend is $15. The entire Wild Things Conference is $30. Please note: attendees need to register separately for each weekend.

    Click here for complete details.


    • February 19, 2021
    • 6:30 PM (CST)
    • Zoom, Forest Preserves of Cook County

    Explore nature through artmaking. In this virtual class, an instructor will lead you step-by-step through watercolor painting. For more details, please see here. Also, check out their calendar for other interesting and free events. 

    • February 19, 2021
    • 7:30 PM (CST)
    • Online, Fermilab
    Fermilab Arts & Lectures At Home

    The Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series serves as an open door between Fermilab and neighboring communities by offering a diverse array of performing arts performances and lectures that celebrate the artistic and intellectual vision of the lab.

    Registration now available . Click here for more details and updated schedule of events. 

    Antimatter and Other Deep Mysteries – Virtual
    Dr. Gerald Gabrielse, Northwestern University
    February 19, 2021 @ 7:30 Central

    When Art and Science Collide
    Virtual Gallery Talk by Lindsay Olson, 2014/15 Fermilab Artist-in-Residence

    Calling Bull: The Art of Skepticism in a Data Driven World – Virtual
    Dr. Jevin West, University of Washington
    April 9, 2021 @ 7:30 Central

    Physics Slam IX – Virtual
    Seeking nominations
    April 30, 2021 @ 7:30 Central

    Fabrics: The New Software – Virtual
    Dr. Yoel Fink, MIT (Rescheduled)
    May 21, 2021 @ 7:30 Central


    In Case You Missed It…. Earlier Fermilab Arts & Lectures At Home Events Available on YouTube!

    Neutrino Music: A Composer’s Journey by Fermilab Guest Composer David Ibbett and Multiverse, assisted by Bonnie Fleming and Beth Sterling is now available on YouTube

    How to Record A Ghost: Getting Data Out of Particle Physics Detectors by Wes Ketchum is now available on YouTube, complete with closed captioning.

    Particle Physics Just May Save Your Life: Practice Medical Applications Enabled by Fundamental Scientific Research by Fermilab Employees by Jennifer Raaf is now available on YouTube, complete with closed captioning.

    Understanding God’s Thoughts: Einstein’s Unfinished Dream by Don Lincoln is now available on YouTube, complete with closed captioning.

    At the Edge of Time: Exploring the Mysteries of the Universe’s First Seconds by Dan Hooper is now available on Youtube, complete with closed captioning.



    • February 20, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CST)
    • Morton Arboretum, Lisle

    Learn about birds and decorate a wooden birdhouse to take home. Discover the perfect place for your bird house and explore some winter birds that live here at the Arboretum on a short walk through the woods. Strollers welcome.

    Schedule and location

    10:00 to 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

    Cudahy, Administration Building

    Section A: Saturday, February 13, 2021  Register now
    Section B: Sunday, February 14, 2021  Register now
    Section D: Saturday, February 20, 2021  Register now
    Section B: Sunday, February 21, 2021  Register now

    Fees and registration

    Fee is per person. Fee includes Arboretum admission.  Separate fee for birdhouse.  Minimum of (1) birdhouse required per family. 
    All participants, including children under two, need a ticket.
    $10.00 member
    $17.00 guest
    $6 per birdhouse
    BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

    Notes: Limit 8. Additional fee for birdhouse. Recommended Ages:  Families with children age 4 and older. A portion of this program will be outdoors, please dress for the weather. Registration closes 2 days before the section date.Masks are required for everyone except for children under age 2.

    Click here for details and registration.


    • February 20, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
    • Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Zoom

    Virtual Visit Opportunities

    Learn more about IMSA from the comfort of your own home. To ensure to safety of our current and future IMSA students, we are currently offering virtual information sessions only. Sessions will be held via ZOOM meetings.

    Click here for complete details.

    2 Hour “Tour”

    Hear more about the admissions process from an Admissions Counselor and go on a virtual tour of IMSA with a Student Ambassador. After the Admissions presentation, there will be a Q&A session for anyone with questions about IMSA or the admissions process. 


    October 31, 2020- 10:00 am- 12:00 pm

    November 21, 2020- 10:00 am- 12:00 pm

    January 23, 2020- 10:00 am- 12:00 pm

    February 20, 2020- 10:00 am- 12:00 pm

    March 27, 2020- 10:00 am- 12:00 pm

    April 24, 2020- 10:00 am- 12:00 pm

    Virtual Information Sessions

    IMSA Admissions will be hosting a number of informational sessions throughout the year to dive deeper into different aspects of IMSA with the opportunity to meet IMSA Faculty and Staff who oversee these different aspects of IMSA. Below you will find a complete list of topics. Registration for these one-hour events will open at the beginning of the month. 

    August 20, 2020- Meet the Admissions Team WATCH RECORDING

    September 10, 2020- A Day in the Life of a Student: Academics

    September 24, 2020- A Day in the Life of a Student: Social Events and Evening Programs WATCH RECORDING

    October 1, 2020- Application Tips with the Admissions Team WATCH RECORDING

    October 22, 2020- Getting Involved at IMSA: Clubs, Activities, Co-Curriculars and Sports WATCH RECORDING

    November 5, 2020- College and Academic Counseling at IMSA

    November 12, 2020- Music, Art, and Drama at IMSA

    December 3, 2020- Learning Outside the Classroom: Student Inquiry and Research, Leadership Education, Entrepreneurship, and Service Learning

    December 17, 2020- Applications Tips 2.0- App Walkthrough and Technical Help

    January 7, 2021- Living at IMSA

    January 14, 2021- Alumni Panel

    February 4, 2021- Student Leadership Opportunities at IMSA

    February 25, 2021- Current IMSA Parent Panel


    • February 20, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom, Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art

    Geologist, Sara Kurth teaches the techniques for rock and mineral identification. Purchase your 10 specimen $15.00 kit online or in the Museum store and join us from home to learn how to identify your rocks and minerals. Completes the earth science badges for Cub and Boy Scouts.

    This is a 60 minute live virtual class with instructor for ages 8 yrs & up  and you need to purchase your kit to reserve your space.  For more details, check out their calendar here

    • February 20, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CST)
    • DuPage Forest Preserve, West DuPage Woods

    Explore different habitats, and discover which animals live in each. Find out how habitats provide for wildlife year-round, and look for signs of how animals adapt seasonally. You must wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth. Ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. To register by phone instead, call 630-942-6200. Registration fee $5. 

    For more details and registration, please see here.

    For other events by the same provider, check out their calendar of activities here

    • February 20, 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
    • Online, College of DuPage

    College of DuPage is continuing its STEMimar Series this year.  The talks are free but require advanced registration in order to receive access to the webinar link. Registration deadlines and additional information can be found here.   After pre-registering, you will receive a link to the webinar approximately one week prior to the talk. You will be able to submit questions during the webinar for the speaker to answer at the end of their talk. Recordings of the talk will be available on this page approximately two weeks following the talk. Information for next workshop is below.  

    A New View of the Universe

    For over 400 years we have used telescopes to view and study the universe at virtually all wavelengths of light. But now we have an entirely new way to see the universe: gravitational waves. First predicted by Albert Einstein, gravity waves were thought too weak to actually detect – until now. With the invention of the Laser Interferometry Gravity Wave Observatory (LIGO) we can now "see" waves of gravity as they traverse the universe. Discover how this technology works, what we are learning from gravity waves, and what this entirely new way to study the universe means for us.

    This virtual talk is free as part of the Sage Series but requires pre-registration in order to receive the webinar link. Registration closes on Wednesday, Feb. 17. To register, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208.



    • February 21, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CST)
    • Morton Arboretum, Lisle

    Learn about birds and decorate a wooden birdhouse to take home. Discover the perfect place for your bird house and explore some winter birds that live here at the Arboretum on a short walk through the woods. Strollers welcome.

    Schedule and location

    10:00 to 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

    Cudahy, Administration Building

    Section A: Saturday, February 13, 2021  Register now
    Section B: Sunday, February 14, 2021  Register now
    Section D: Saturday, February 20, 2021  Register now
    Section B: Sunday, February 21, 2021  Register now

    Fees and registration

    Fee is per person. Fee includes Arboretum admission.  Separate fee for birdhouse.  Minimum of (1) birdhouse required per family. 
    All participants, including children under two, need a ticket.
    $10.00 member
    $17.00 guest
    $6 per birdhouse
    BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

    Notes: Limit 8. Additional fee for birdhouse. Recommended Ages:  Families with children age 4 and older. A portion of this program will be outdoors, please dress for the weather. Registration closes 2 days before the section date.Masks are required for everyone except for children under age 2.

    Click here for details and registration.


    • February 23, 2021
    • 1:00 PM (CST)
    • Facebook Live, Sand Ridge Nature Center

    Have you ever had a question about birds? Do you wish you knew how to get started birding? How about how to get more birds to your yard? Program Specialist Jessica Becker is here to help! Catch her live as she answers your most burning questions regarding the birds of Cook County.

    Free event.  Click here for complete details. Also, check out their calendar for other interesting and free events. 

    • February 24, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CST)
    • Online, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    Our Curiosity Club is diving into bugs, fossils, and more! Young scientists ages 5-9 will get an up-close look at our collections and more through this virtual, interactive experience.

    Join educators Becca and Nicole as they explore what exactly makes a turtle a turtle! We’ll observe the traits of the Nature Museum’s aquatic and terrestrial turtles! From webbed toes to claws to powerful beaks, turtles have everything they need to succeed in their Illinois habitats. We’ll explore how these traits tell us where they live in the wild and more!

    For more details and free registration, please see here.  For other events by the same provider, please check out their calendar

    • February 24, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (CST)
    • Zoom, Forest Preserves of Cook County
    Winter Photography Skills Workshop

    This online workshop over Zoom will cover photography basics, with a focus on composition in the winter.  We will cover issues you may experience while out taking pictures when there is snowfall, and provide tips and best practices for you to use on your next winter photography adventure. The presentation will include recommendations on some of our most picturesque preserves for you to explore with your camera.  Q&A will be held at the conclusion of the program.  Free registration required in order to obtain the Zoom link.

    For more details, please see here. Also, check out their calendar for other interesting and free events. 

    • February 25, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CST)
    • Zoom
    Register