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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 rockhounds, Boy & Girl Scout merit badges and Teachers Professional Development credit, email: Scout groups require adult supervision.

Classes: Oct. 8 at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 5 at 1:30 p.m., Dec. 10 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: Oct. 8 at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 5 at 10:30 a.m.
1:30 p.m. – 75 minutes - Ages 8 to 16 years
Fee: $10.00 per person
Reservations Required: (630) 833-1616

Don Cronauer

October 15
“Working in Silver”

Silversmithing combines the techniques of lost wax casting, soldering, fabricating, polishing and stone setting to create a finished piece of jewelry. Visiting Artist, Don Cronauer will demonstrate the techniques of silversmithing to create rings, pendants and earrings. Reservations are recommended.

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


October 22
“Uncovering the Tully”

The Illinois State Fossil the “Tully Monster” remained a problematic unclassified fossil since it’s discovery in 1958. New research and testing have revealed the mystery of the “Tully”. Paul Mayer, Fossil Invertebrate Collections Manager from the Field Museum will present the recent conclusive findings of this 300 million year old enigmatic fossil found exclusively in Illinois.

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


November 19
Lapidary Day

See demonstrations by artists from the West Suburban Lapidary Club including: beading, silversmithing, cabochon cutting, wire wrapping and faceting. Free hands-on activities and jewelry cleaning. The event is great way to see the Museum and learn more about lapidary art.

Saturday Demonstrations & Activities: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All Ages - Free Admission

gem tree

December 3
Create A Gem Tree"

Lapidaries Bill and Lois Zima of the DesPlaines Valley Geological Society teach how to create a small tree using gemstones and wire. These beautiful trees never need water and make a great gift.

Activity - Ages 9 yrs. to Adult – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $25.00 per person, Museum Members: $20.00
Reservations Required: (630) 833-1616

December 10
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!

Activity - 75 minutes – 1:30 p.m. - Ages 10 to 18 yrs.
Fee: $5.00 per person, Museum Members $3.00
Reservations Required: (630) 833-1616

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