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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 teachers and rockhounds. This program qualifies for Boy & Girl Scout merit badges. Scout groups require adult supervision. Teachers can earn Professional Development credit for this class. For more information regarding P.D. credit contact the Museum Educator at

10:30 a.m. – 75 minutes – Ages 8 yrs. to Adult
Saturday Classes: Feb. 6, & March 5
Fee: $5.00 per person, Museum mebers $3.00
Reservations Required: (630) 833-1616.

“Olympic Fossils”

Geared for middle and high school students competing in Science Olympiad tournaments, this class delves into the world of fossils. Hand samples of fossils will be available, as well as a Power Point lecture that will provide students and opportunity to ask questions and learn tips for fossil identification.

75 minutes – Ages 10 to 18 yrs.
Saturday Classes: Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. & Feb. 13 at 10:30 a.m.
Fee: $5.00 per person, Museum Members $3.00
Reservations Required: (630) 833-1616

January 16
“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
Admission: $5.00 per person, Museum Members Free
Reservations Recommended – (630) 833-1616

February 27
“Soapstone Carving”


Lapidary Lorel Abrell teaches participants how to successfully carve soapstone. Simple tools and techniques are used in carving this soft and inexpensive material. Learn the basics from blocking out a design to final polish. Take home a carving of your own creation. All materials are included.

Activity - ages 9 yrs to Adult - 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Fee: $15.00 per person – Museum Members $10.00
Reservations Required: 630-833-1616


March 5
“Stone Setting Workshop”

Lapidary artists Karen Davé and Pat Koko will show processes used to create your own settings for cut or rough stone that does not require glue. Techniques will include wire wrap, prong and bezel settings. Participants will create their own piece to take home. All materials are included.

Workshop – Ages 12 to Adult – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $25.00 per person, Museum Members $20.00
Reservations Required (630) 833-1616.

March 12
“Geology as Destiny: Across the Chicago Portage, a story of Glaciers, Voyageurs, and Carp!"

Geologist, David Dolak presents Chicago’s pre-eminence as the largest metropolitan area in the middle of North America is a result of the fortuitous conditions of access across the Mid-Continental watershed divide created by glacial processes over the past 10,000 years. The Chicago Portage water passage has been used by Native Americans, European voyageurs, and was ultimately exploited by the famous reversal of the Chicago River. This led to great economic and population growth in the Region along with environmental costs. The lecture will include a live performance of an original song with lyrics based on these topics.

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

March 19
“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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