The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art offers tour programs to school groups. Teachers must arrange a tour date and time by calling the Museum at 630.833.1616 during Museum hours.
Admission is $1.00 per person for organized school groups. Groups visiting the Museum are limited to 90 students maximum and 10 students minimum.
Tours are offered to school groups Tuesday through Friday. The first tour starts at 10:00 a.m. Total visiting time for school groups is approximately one and a half hours not to exceed two hours.
Your tour begins in the Museum’s lower level exhibit hall “The Rock & Mineral Experience” with an introduction by a tour guide. The students then watch a 15 minute video introducing them to the various exhibits in the Museum. After the video the group is given directions by the tour guide about Museum rules, the scavenger hunt quiz, and the Gift Shop.
The scavenger hunt quiz pertains to both levels of the Museum. The group splits in half to take the quiz (2 to 3 students per quiz). The students on both levels of the Museum answer questions by finding the exhibit. The groups then switch levels. The lower level group is allowed to go through the Gift Shop in small groups accompanied by an adult.
Picnic lunches are allowed outside in Wilder Park. To reserve a picnic area call the Elmhurst Park District at 630.993.8989.
Parking: School buses are not allowed to enter Wilder Park. Buses must let off groups and park on the west side of Cottage Hill next to the Museum. A bus parking map will be sent to school groups coming by bus.
Links to more information on Rocks & Minerals
The American Geological Institute strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in mankind’s use of resources and interaction with the environment. The AGI produces the book Minerals Foundations of Society a great resource for learning how we use minerals in our everyday lives.
U.S. Geological Survey has a website dedicated to K-12 education and lifelong learning. The website includes lesson plans for teachers, georesources and educational materials.
The Illinois State Geological Survey offers information on Illinois geology including teaching materials and field trips.
The Illinois State Museum website “exhibits” section has information on Ice Ages, Mazon Creek fossils and the geology of the Midwest 16,000 years ago.
The Planetary Studies Foundation located in Algonquin, Illinois is dedicated to the study of meteorites and astronomy. PSF offers educational programs and observatory tours for children.
The Franklin Institute Online Museum Educator an award winning site that teaches children about the rock cycle and how to collect rocks and minerals.
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has a section of their website dedicated to geology with an activity on solving rock and fossil mysteries.
The Rogers Group an Indiana crushed rock producer offers a look at quarry mining and includes information on minerals and experiments to try at home click on “our communities,” then on “rockology.”
PBS: NOVA has a website on volcanoes of Hawaii see how they were formed and how geologists monitor them.
Rock Hound Clubs
The Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois is a club dedicated to rock hounds (young and old) find out about field trips and information on rocks, minerals and fossils especially the Mazon Creek fossils of Illinois.
The West Suburban Lapidary Club is a club dedicated to lapidary hobbyists. If you are interested in learning how to cut & polish stones and silversmithing this is it!