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Scout Programs

For All Scout Groups interested in completing:

  • The Geology badge or pin for Boy Scouts
  • Jewelry Making badge for Girl Scouts
  • Creating a Rock Collection for younger scouts

*The Museum does not sell or provide scout badges.

The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art offers tour programs to scout groups’ grades 2 thru 8. All visitors are required to wear a face covering while in the Museum. Scout leaders must arrange a tour date and time by calling the Museum at 630.833.1616 during Museum hours or email: educator@lizzadromuseum.org for tour availability. Tours can be arranged for groups with special interests or needs.

Scout Programs Offered at the Lizzadro Museum

General Tour

Admission: $5.00 per person for organized scout groups. Tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday. The first tour starts at 10:00 a.m. The last tour is at 3:30 p.m. Total visiting time is approximately one and a half hours not to exceed two hours.

Tours The tour begins in the lecture hall with an interactive presentation. If specific subjects are preferred (earth science, social studies, art, etc.), advanced notice is required. After the presentation, the group is given directions by the tour guide about Museum rules, the scavenger hunt quiz, and the Museum Shop as needed.

Rock and Mineral Identification

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. A pre-purchased kit includes all materials (except for a penny) needed to identify 10 specimens. 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).

Fees: Each kit is $15 and includes the cost of the class and admission to the Museum. Kits must be pre-purchased no later than 2 weeks before the class date. Kits can be purchased online or over the phone. Adult chaperones are Regular Museum Admission. One adult chaperon is required to remain with the group during the program’s entirety. To arrange a group, please contact the Museum Educator at educator@lizzadromuseum.org.

Jewelry-Making Class

This class teaches participants to make three pieces of jewelry: a necklace, keychain, and a pin, all made out of stone in a pre-purchased kit available in-store or online. Participants will learn how to use jeweler tools including findings, epoxy, knot tying, etc. Following the class, a Museum video and scavenger hunt tour will be available. This class completes all requirements for Girl Scout Junior’s Jewelry Badge.

Fees
: Each kit is $15 and includes the cost of the class and admission to the Museum. Kits must be pre-purchased no later than 2 weeks before the class date. Kits can be purchased online or over the phone. Adult chaperones are Regular Museum Admission. One adult chaperone is required to remain with the group during the program’s entirety. To arrange a group, please contact the Museum Educator at educator@lizzadromuseum.org.

Special Programs

The Museum Educator does provide special programs with advanced notice. Topics may include:

  • Volcanoes
  • Fossils
  • Rock Collecting
  • Lapidary Art
  • Gemology
  • And more

If you have a specific need or requirement, please reach out to the Museum Educator at educator@lizzadromuseum.org for more information or to discuss options.

The Scavenger Hunt Quiz

(Recommended for Grades 3 to 5) pertains to both levels of the Museum. Download the Scavenger Hunt Here. The group splits in half to take the quiz (2 scouts per quiz). The Museum is split into two sections, the Carvings Hall and the Rock and Mineral Experience. The groups will split between these two sections. Those in the Carvings Hall may visit the Museum Shop during their time. After 20-30 minutes, the groups will switch.

Download the Educational Brochure Here. (PDF)

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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. www.esconi.org.

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! www.westsuburbanlapidaryclub.com.