Picnic for the Planet

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 1200 S Lake Shore Dr Chicago IL 60605  See map

What would the world’s largest picnic look like? Come find out on Earth Day, April 22, as The Nature Conservancy partners with the John G. Shedd Aquarium to host one of the largest picnics in history, Picnic for the Planet, an effort designed to highlight important topics such as sustainably grown food, eating locally and how conservation intersects with people’s everyday lives from the food we eat to the water we drink.

The Nature Conservancy is hosting picnics around the world as part of a Guinness World Records® attempt for most people outdoor picnicking in a 24-hour period. Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lakeshore Dr., will host Chicago’s Picnic for the Planet on Earth Day from 10:30am – 6pm, where visitors to the aquarium can eat on Shedd’s sprawling outdoor terrace and be counted toward the world record. Visitors will be served tasty, fresh greens and fruits from Shedd’s environmentally friendly and pesticide-free gardens, as well as Right Bite sustainable seafood options, similar to what many of its animal residents consume.


Picnickers will have an opportunity to interact with some of Shedd’s most unique residents including an Argentine Black & White Tegu, Blue-tongued Skink, Red Tailed Boa Constrictor and many more!


Both the Conservancy and Shedd have significant initiatives in place to protect one of our most precious resources – the Great Lakes. Experts from both The Nature Conservancy and Shedd will be available to answer questions about its respective work and other important conservation priorities.


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