Saturday Science Workshops
These hands-on science workshops include time in the Museum and items from the permanent collection, and are designed to provide a meaningful inter-generational experience. For ages 6 and up, participants need to be accompanied by an adult to assist with activities.
Winter/Spring 2017: All sessions 1:00 – 2:30
Saturday, January 21st
Wild Things of the Night
Explore the world of nocturnal animals. We will study their special adaptations that make their nightly foraging possible. We will examine a variety of owls, noted nocturnal animals. We will dissect owl pellets, noting what the owl had recently eaten and assemble the bones found.
Saturday, February 11th
Hearts of the Wild Things
What were the hearts of the giant dinosaurs like? How did they differ from the hearts of the giant animals that are alive today? We will look at the giant lions and antelope in Burpee’s collection. After comparing hearts we will dissect pig hearts with the assistance of a University of Illinois College of medicine student.
Saturday, March 11th
Wild Things of the Dark
Many animals live with limited amounts of light – some in total darkness. We will study various animals from the permanent collection and the wet collection. We will learn about bats and their use of echolocation. Snails leave slime trails often the only sign that they were there. We will dissect a gastropod or snail.
Saturday, April 8th
Wild Things Breathing
We breath the same air today as did the dinosaurs. What were the lungs like of such giant animals? How could they have gained enough air to move? To understand how the lungs functioned, we will examine and dissect pork lungs.
Saturday, May 13th
Little Wild Things
Who are the little wild things of the habitats today? Meet the frogs, our carnivores of the hidden wetlands. Discover how these modern amphibians are essential to a habitat. Actually they are a barometer identifying the health of an environment. We will dissect frogs obtained without endangering habitats.
Pre-registration & Pre-payment Required
Fees per participant per class: Fee covers one child & one adult
Burpee Museum Member: $18.00
For more information and to register please call 815.965.3433