The Green Heron

Recommended for ages 4 and up
Written byShawn Pfautsch
Performed and produced byShawn Pfautsch and Jessica Ridenour
Artwork byJessica Ridenour
Series Announcing byAnthony Lombard
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The Green Heron – or – Should I Be Scared? 


Follow a spunky young Green Heron south along the shores of North Pond, beside the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum until the story ends at Fullerton Parkway. You’ll meet some of the heron’s animal friends on the way, and learn a little bit about nature here in the heart of the city too. Just hit the pause button to take a break, look at your map, or wait to watch some Canadian geese to fly by.

The Green Heron Walking Map & Resources

About CCT Walkie Talkies

Walkie Talkies are fun, totally original audio experiences families can listen to together while exploring different Chicago neighborhoods. The first three Walkie Talkies are self-guided strolls through South Shore, Little Village, and around the North Pond Nature Sanctuary in Lincoln Park. Each episode was commissioned by Chicago Children’s Theatre and created by a different local theater artist, resulting in a fun and educational new audio series that children and families can enjoy together, outdoors and safely, even over the winter months, while learning more about the beautiful city they live in.

So lace up your sneakers, pop in your ear buds, and take a guided walk through some of Chicago’s most distinctive neighborhoods. Each episode is under one hour and comes with an interactive map to guide families and classroom field trips on each bite-sized journey, plus photos of top tour highlights, vocabulary keys, recommended reading and song lists, and other fun, family activities.

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Before you start…we recommend you download this walking map and resources and review it first. You may also want to bring a bluetooth speaker or some wireless headphones so everyone in the family can listen together. We recommend listening to the podcast once before venturing out on your hike. There are lots of great resources included!

The Green Heron Walking Map & Resources

The Green Heron from Home

Can’t make it to North Pond? That’s okay! Position our At-Home Coloring Pages around your play space for your child to ‘discover’ and color-in as they listen from home. Simply place each page in numerical order to mark your diy route, make sure your little explorer has crayons or colored pencils packed for the journey, and press play!

The Green Heron At-Home Coloring Guide

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