Programs available in-house or outreach!
Start Your Rockin’ Collection
This program gives kids a chance to learn how to start a rock collection, learn about the different types of rocks, and bring in their own rocks for identification. Participants are asked to bring repurposed egg cartons to decorate and are given 6 rock, mineral, and fossil samples to start their rock collection.
Age Requirement: 5 years and up
Fee: This class is $10 per person with a 15 minimum requirement (30 max).
Rock and Mineral Identification Class
This class presents an introduction to rocks and minerals and includes a hands-on portion that allows participants to learn the techniques of mineral identification. This class completes all requirements for Webelos’ Earth Rocks and Boy Scouts’ Geology Merit Badge. The instructor is a Merit Badge counselor and qualified to sign off participants’ Blue Cards (not provided).
Age Requirement: 8 years and older
Fee: $10 per person with a 15 minimum requirement (30 max)
Length: 60-75 minute program
This class teaches participants to make three pieces of jewelry: a necklace, keychain, and a pin, all made out of stone. Participants will learn how to use jeweler tools including findings, epoxy, knot tying, etc. This class completes all requirements for Girl Scout Junior’s Jewelry Badge.
Age Requirement: 8 years and older
Fee: $15 per person with a 15 minimum requirement (30 max)
Educator Sara Kurth, a Master in Volcanology, presents on the different styles of volcanic eruptions and why they erupt so differently. She also discusses the hazards related to volcanic eruptions. An introduction to rocks and minerals can be included. Hand samples, videos, and more make this interactive presentation a BLAST!
Age Requirement: 8 years and older, mixed group
Fee: $150 flat fee with no minimum or maximum requirement
The Fossil Lady – She Sells Sea Shells by the Seashore
A living history portrayal of Mary Anning, the first female fossilist from England who discovered many dinosaur-aged fossils and helped change the scientific understanding of evolution and extinction during the 19th Century. This interactive presentation includes real life fossils and animal representations, as well as historic images.
Age Requirement: 5 years and older, mixed group
Fee: $150 flat fee with no minimum or maximum
Length: 50-60 minutes
The Museum Educator does provide special programs with advanced notice. Topics may include:
- Rock Collecting
- Lapidary Art
- And more
If you have a specific need or requirement, please reach out to the Museum Educator at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to discuss options.
The Museum offers an online learning experience for students, scouts and parents with the Rocky the Rockhound! PLAY fun games, WATCH videos about the earth, and LEARN more about geology!
Virtual Tours of the Lizzadro Museum
Teaching Aid Boxes
Teaching aid boxes are available for loan to schools and organized groups at no charge. Each box can be loaned for a maximum of two weeks. Please note that all boxes are sanitized after each use. PDF versions of paperwork will be emailed to recipient who will be responsible for any printing required. Recommended for grades 3 through 6. Call the Museum at 630.833.1616 during Museum hours or email: email@example.com for box availability.
B1 Quartz Family Box
Quartz is the most common mineral in the world. It comprises over 75% of the earth’s crust. This box heightens students’ awareness of the varieties of quartz. It shows the difference between common quartzite and gem quality agate, jasper, amethyst, and aventurine. Contains hands on specimens, teacher’s guide and activity sheet. Weight: 28 lbs. Recommended for grades 3 to 6.
B2 Rock & Mineral Box
This box helps students distinguish between the three types of rock (igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary) and various common minerals. It includes the Mohs scale of hardness as an introduction to identification. The box contains loose specimens for further identification, teacher’s guide and activity sheet. Weight 23 lbs.
Recommended for grades 3 to 6.
B3 Rocks & Minerals of Illinois
This box contains samples of important rocks, minerals and fossils found in Illinois. Basic Illinois geology is discussed. Illinois is home to some important rocks and minerals used in industry. A section focuses on industrial rocks and minerals. Fossil Facts allow children to learn more about fossils found in Illinois. The box includes hands-on specimens for identification, teacher’s guide, vocabulary and activities. Weight 25 lbs. Recommended for grades 3 to 6.
B4: ISGS Rock Collection
This box contains 35 specimens of rocks and minerals found in Illinois and numbered flashcards with names and descriptions. A Good resource for advanced identification activities. Weight 10 lbs. Recommended for grades 6-12.
B5: Fossils Through Time
Offers a visualization of geologic time with real fossils that existed throughout Earth history. It describes the processes necessary for fossil formation and preservation. Includes: hands-on specimens for identification, teacher’s guide, vocabulary and activities. Weight 28 lbs.
Recommended for grades 3-6
Visit Nico the Ninja’s hideout to explore fun activities and learn about energy topics from electrical safety to energy savings!
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.
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has a section of their website dedicated to dinosaurs with various activities available.
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 “Industry Resources,” then explore “rockology.”
PBS: NOVA has a website on volcanoes of Hawaii see how they were formed and how geologists monitor them.