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dino discovery

January 3
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 - 50 minutes -
2 p.m.
Admission: $5.00 per person, Museum Members Free.
Reservations Recommended – (630) 833-1616

sula

January 24
“Form Follows Function: Interpreting
Dinosaurs Through Their Anatomy”

Dinosaurs have captured our collective imagination since Sir Richard Owen first described them in 1842. Their great size alone makes them unique in the history of terrestrial vertebrates. But their bones raise many questions. What did they look like? Were they fast or slow? How did they feed? How did they defend themselves? Using actual fossils, field paleontologist, Rob Sula will interpret the lives and behaviors of Dinosaurs.

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

rock mineral

Rock & Mineral Identification

Geologist Sara Kurth presents an introduction to rocks and minerals. Learn to identify minerals thorough basic hands-on identification including observation skills and hardness tests. Great for teachers and rockhounds, this program qualifies for Boy & Girl Scout merit badges. All materials are provided. Scout groups require adult supervision.

Class – Ages 8 yrs. to Adult - 75 minutes – 10:30 a.m.
Saturday Classes: January 24, February 7, March 21
Admission: $5.00 per person, Museum Members $3.00
Reservations Required: (630) 833-1616

 

 

February 7
Create a Jewelry Set

Learn basic elements of design to create a necklace and pair of earrings. Beginner level techniques include the use of various findings, design ideas, color choices and using a variety of tools. Students will design and complete the set in class to take home.

Activity – Ages 16 yrs. to Adult
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
$40.00 per person, $35.00 Museum Members
Reservations Required: (630) 833-1616

February 22
“The Great Global Climate
Change Experiment”

Have you ever wondered about all the hype surrounding the topic of climate change? This is your chance to learn how Earth’s climate has changed throughout time and how scientists make their predictions about the future of our planet’s climate. Dr. Steve Vavrus, a senior scientist at the Center for Climatic Research in Madison, Wisconsin will be presenting on the dynamic relationship climate has on our ecosystem. He will discuss how we can better understand climate changes by looking at past environments.

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

ivory

March 22
“The Ivory Dilemma”

Robert Weisblut, President of the International Ivory Society will present a lecture concerning the current legal regulations/restrictions on ivory, ideas under consideration for a USA response, and proposals to actually help protect African elephants. Participants are welcome to bring 1 to 2 pieces for show and analysis as to age, country of origin, and type of ivory.

Sunday Lecture – Youth to Adult - 60 minutes – 2 p.m.
Ivory analysis before and after the lecture.
Admission: $10.00 per person, Museum Members Free.
Reservations Required: (630) 833-1616

March 28
“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 2 sites including the world famous site Pit 11. 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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