Lost and Found

Lost & Found

Through September 22

Lose yourself in nature

Lost & Found invites you to explore plant conservation success stories by way of adventures throughout the èèɫ. Head out on experiential trails that blend art with science and connect you to nature in novel ways. Discover new interpretive programs that offer hands-on interactions with themed artwork that help you explore the Garden's conservation science research. You won’t want to miss a moment of it—art installations, After Hours Buzz events, Music on the Esplanade, Lenhardt Library displays and lectures, and more!

Choose your nature journey

We’ll point you to and through trails, vistas, perches, and crossings to help you find lost stories, sights, and sounds of the natural world. You might stumble across, say, what seems like an ordinary Kentucky coffee tree in the Sensory Garden. But that tree has a story to tell—its ancestors date back to the time of woolly mammoths and giant sloths.

We can’t wait to see what you find.
Happy wanderlust!

Self-guided fun

Adventure Trail: Download a map before your summer visit to fully experience Lost & Found.

Free walking tours

Prefer a guide? Join a free walking tour featuring Lost & Found highlights: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m., noon, 1 and 2 p.m.

Tours in Spanish: Saturdays, June 29, July 27, August 24, and September 21; 1 and 2 p.m.

Insider’s Guide
Here are a few highlights; all are free with Garden .

Lost & Found – Art

Explore original art installations that illustrate and interpret the concept of lost and found in the natural world.

The Artists
Giovanni Aloi
Essentials Creative
Jenny Kendler
Luftwerk Duo
Andrew Yang

Sing, embroider, step up to an open mic…the longer days of summer invite time for play and reflection. The special events below are included with Garden admission.

Lost & Found – Activities

Lost & Found – Activities


Flora, Fauna, and Folk:An Evening of Science and Storytelling
with Scott Whitehair

June 12, July 17, & August 21; 6 to 7:30 p.m. | Esplanade

Enjoy multicultural folktales on our relationship with nature.
Free; Drop-in.

Lost & Found – Activities

Performance art

Rewilding the Queens’ Lawn
with Sojourner Zenobia

July 6, August 3, September 7; 1 to 3 p.m. | Festival Field

Through storytelling, movement, singing, and playful audience participation, you’ll be inspired to reimagine the traditional American lawn as a natural habitat where pollinators and native flowers are the thriving showstoppers. The performance was inspired by conversations between the artist and Garden conservation scientist Rebecca Barak, Ph.D. and others who are testing options beyond turfgrass for lawns. Advance online registration required.

Lost & Found – Activities

Art-making & craftivism workshops

Protecting Pollinators
with Shannon Downey

June 15, July 20, August 17; 1 to 3 p.m. | Farm on Ogden
September 14; 1 to 3 p.m. | Chicago botanic garden

Visitors work with embroidery patterns that tell a science story; advance online registration required. Drop-in embroidery activity on June 28 at the Garden, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

That summer feeling
Enjoy the sunshine on a walk. Listen to music while it sets.
Make memories at the Garden this summer.

Lost & Found – Coneflower
Lost & Found – Outdoor Dining
Lost & Found – Art
Lost & Found – Cicada
Lost & Found – Banners
Lost & Found – Pollinators
Lost & Found – Family
Lost & Found – Prairie
Lost & Found – Art


Al fresco dining

Make time for Garden-fresh eats with the best views around at our outdoor dining locations including the Rose Terrace Beer Garden.


After Hours Buzz

July 18 & 25, August 22 & 29; 6 to 8 p.m.
What happens when you combine Garden experts, lively conversation, cocktails, and light bites? After Hours Buzz is your ticket to this exclusive outdoors event, which includes a short, interactive presentation by a scientist or expert at the Garden. Fee applies.


Read On

Seeding the future

Seed Bank

Millions of seeds are frozen in our Seed Bank, waiting to prevent an extinction, help restore habitats, or contribute to scientific research. By collecting and storing seeds from wild populations of native plants, we preserve their unique ways of surviving on our changing planet—and help seed the future of our prairies, woodlands, and wetlands.

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Finding lost pieces

Finding lost pieces of prairie

Every prairie is missing something. Even in the most carefully planned and managed prairie restorations, native plant species fail, leaving them with fewer species and fewer relationships. That’s why Garden scientists developed a tool to help land managers figure out why their prairies lose species, and how they can find them again.

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Rethinking lawns

Rethinking lawns

What if lawns supported pollinators? Or helped reduce local flooding? Or simply didn’t require all that mowing, watering, and herbicide? Garden scientists are testing lawn alternatives to understand their environmental benefits and how to keep them looking good enough to win over skeptical neighbors and homeowners associations.

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Supported by

Endeavor Health



Institute of Museum and Library Services

North Shore Gas Community Fund