France's National Museum of Natural History (Muséum Nationale d'Histoire Naturelle) will be in full bloom at the end of May. That is because — on May 25 and 26, 2013 — the museum will organize festivities for an event called the Fête de la Nature, taking place at the Jardin des Plantes in 5th arrondissement of Paris. Guests staying at one of the Grands Hôtels Parisiens can take a nice stroll over to this charming park that houses several museums and a zoo.
The entire country of France will be celebrating the Fête de la Nature from the 22nd until the 26th of May, which provides the Museum of Natural History with the opportunity to plan a weekend of activities, workshops and guided visits. Roughly forty such activities will be offered for free throughout the weekend.
Visitors should make sure to see the Village de la Nature, which welcomes 19 tents each with its own activity ranging from educational stands on bees and bats to workshops on protecting water resources. These activities will go on from 10:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. on both days of the festival at the Jardin des Plantes. There will also be a puppet show performed in the open air, which will be especially appreciated by younger viewers.
For those who have always dreamed of learning how to draw natural landscapes, the official illustrators of the Museum of Natural History will offer introductory workshops in the park's zoo as well as its gardens. From the first observations to the more complex techniques concerning zoology and botany, these artists will be there to answer any questions that beginners might have.
In addition to exhibitions that are part of the Museum's normal agenda — like the Planet Frog exhibit — there will also be special conferences and guided visits through the park's various gardens, allowing visitors to take advantage of the rich natural offerings of the extraordinary Jardin des Plantes.