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January 7
“Fossil Activity Afternoon”

Drop-in at the Museum and learn more about fossils with hands-on activities! See and touch real fossils, put together 3-D puzzles of dinosaur bones, and make your very own fossil imprint to take home!

Activities - Ages 5 to Adult
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – On-going activities
$5.00 per person, Museum Members Free
Drop-in - No Reservations Required

January 14
“Olympic Rocks”

Geared for middle and high school students competing in Science Olympiad tournaments, this class delves into the world of rocks and minerals. Hand samples will be available, covering most of the S.O. specimen list. Topics include quick ID tips, Bowen’s Reaction Series, and general rock information. Students are encouraged to sign-up as a team or as an individual. Please bring all your questions for this informal practice session!

Discussion/Activity - Ages 10 to 18 yrs.
10:30 a.m. - 75 minutes
$5.00 per person, Museum Members $3.00
Reservations Required: (630) 833-1616

January 14
“Introduction to Ancient Gems”

Archaeogemology combines the principles of gemology and the technology of mineralogical testing to interpret gems in the ancient world. Çigdem Lüle, Mineralogist, Gemologist and Research Educator at Gemworld International, Inc. presents an introduction to archaeogemology. See how gems were interpreted and traded by ancient civilizations and how researchers are understanding ancient societies through their use of gems.

Lecture – Youth to Adult
2:00 p.m. – 60 minutes
$5.00 per person, Museum Members Free
Reservations Recommended: (630) 833-1616

“Rock & Mineral Identification”

Geologist Sara Kurth presents an introduction to rocks and minerals. Learn to identify minerals through basic hands-on identification including observation skills and hardness tests. Great for rockhounds, Boy & Girl Scout merit badges and Teachers Professional Development credit. Email: Scout groups require adult supervision.

Classes: Jan. 21 at 10:30 a.m., Feb. 4 at 10:30 a.m., Feb. 25 at 10:30 a.m., March 11 at 10:30 a.m.
75 minutes – Ages 8 yrs. to Adult
Fee: $5.00 per person, Museum Members $3.00
Reservations Required (630) 833-1616

“Rockin’ Jewelry for Kids”

This beginner’s class allows children to make their own?gemstone jewelry to keep. Choose two different types of jewelry to make with stones from the Museum Shop and learn how to work with jeweler’s tools. Great for Girl Scout Jewelry Badge, parties of 10 or more are encouraged to schedule a private class. Email:

Classes: Feb. 4 at 1:30 p.m., March 11 at 1:30 p.m.
Activity - Ages 8 to 16 years
1:30 p.m. – 75 minutes
$10.00 per person
Reservations Required: (630) 833-1616

February 11
“Interpreting Chinese Jade Pendants”

Highly collectable Qing Dynasty nephrite jade pendants are among the most varied and historically unique type of Chinese art created from jade. Ying Zhang, University of Chicago Graduate Student and Museum Intern, presents a selection of nephrite jade pendants in the Lizzadro Collection. The lecture includes interpretation of symbolism and calligraphy on select pieces and the historical use and importance of pendants in Qing Dynasty China.

Adult Lecture – 2 p.m. – 60 minutes
$5.00 per person, Museum Members Free
Reservations Recommended

March 4
“Dinosaur Discoveries”

Children become dinosaur detectives with “Paleontologist Illinois Bones” to learn about the world of dinosaurs. Fossils and props are used to create an awareness of dinosaur characteristics. See live animals and how they are related to dinosaurs.

Interactive Lecture - Ages 4 yrs. to Adult
2 p.m. - 50 minutes
$5.00 per person, Museum Members Free
Reservations Recommended – (630) 833-1616

march 18
“Stars & Cat’s Eyes: Light Effects in Gems”

Stars! We look to the sky for stars! Did you know stars are also hidden in the earth, encased in gems? Come for a presentation and discussion presented by Sakina Bharani, Gemologist and Museum Docent, to learn more about the special gems that show stars and cat’s eyes. Learn why they form and where they are found. See some stars up close!

Youth to Adult Lecture – 2 p.m. – 60 minutes
Regular Museum Admission, Museum Members Free
Reservations Recommended – (630) 833-1616


March 25
“Mazon Creek Fossil Collecting Field Trip”

Join Jim Fairchild of the Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois on a trip to Braidwood, Illinois to collect Mazon Creek fossils at the world famous site Pit 11 (conditions permitting). Learn what to look for when collecting these special fossils and how to open them. Travel by motor coach, bring a sack lunch and get ready to collect. Make reservations early, this field trip fills up fast!

Field Trip - 8 yrs. to Adult - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
$30.00 per person, Museum Members $25.00
Reservations Required: (630) 833-1616

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