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November 10, 2016 - February 28, 2017


For over 50 years the Peanuts Gang has been spotlighting human relationships with the environment (original comic strips ran from 1950 - 2000) During the early years of the strip, Schulz's characters pondered various aspects of Earth and space with wonder and delight. In faact, many of the characters' misguided understandings of the world (including how many suns rotate around the earth, and whether or not the Earth is flat!) provided an opportunity for Peanuts' readers to learn the correct facts in a fun way.


By the 1970s Schulz began to address the environmental issues more directly as Americans increased their understanding of the lasting effects of air and water pollution. Schulz produced a hilarious multi-day storyline in which Charlie Brown fears he is in trouble with the EPA (1977), and also created the television special It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown (1976). Schulz's warm and witty humor and the innocence of the Peanuts characters help to make his observations about the human impact on the environment acceptable for a global audience.

Peanuts...Naturally explores Schul'z unique interpretations of the "web of nature", the universe, weather, trees, birds,and gardening through Peanuts comic strips, videos, objects, and activity centers.  The exhibition encourages visitors to get in touch with the glorius nature that is all around you!