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January 25, 2015 Add to Favorites

Mahlburg Scholars Presents: Bumble Bees, Native Bees, and other Pollinators with Barbara Williams

Imagine the world without natural fibers, fruits, vegetables or flowers. That is what our world would be like without bees, insects and other pollinators. Everyones future flies on the wings of pollinators, but changes in land use, agriculture practices, and the overuse of pesticides have dramatica...
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25

January 25, 2015 Add to Favorites

Naked Tree Walk!

Raise a few eyebrows and join U of I Extension at a Naked Tree Walk on January 25!

U of I Extension Horticulture Educator Candice Miller will lead participants on a (fully-clothed) guided hike around Burpee Museum grounds designed to teach you how to identify local trees in the winter when th...
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Jan

25

January 29, 2015 Add to Favorites

Home School Class: Reading the Earth

Use geological maps to interpret Illinois' geologic history.

Ages 10 and up...
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Jan

29

February 5, 2015 Add to Favorites

Home School Workshop: Deserts to Swamps

Compare local environments with various earth habitats while using models.

Ages 6-9...
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Feb

5

February 6, 2015 Add to Favorites

Animal Hour: Leaping Lizards

Discover the wonderful world of animals in this hands-on, interactive workshop. Learn about Burpee Museum's Living Collection and get up close to the animals!

Great for families, and the programs fall on dates the kids will have off of school!...
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Feb

6

February 7, 2015 Add to Favorites

Burpee Explorers: Heart of Reptiles

You have a heart and so does that snake crawling through the grass. Get a chance to view reptiles up close and learn how their hearts are similar and different to your heart. End by taking part in dissecting a heart!

Ages 6 and up...
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Feb

7

February 10, 2015 Add to Favorites

Adult Learning Program: Nature Journal

Start the year off by learning different journaling techniques as you get up close to plant and animal specimens from our Permanent Collections. Take a look at sample journals from well-known individuals. Then, make your own journal to record your thoughts!...
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Feb

10

February 10, 2015 Add to Favorites

AIA Free Lecture!*

Working in the Inka: Royal Estates and Local Households in the Imperial Heartland of Cuzco, Peru
Lecturer: Kylie Quave



*Sponsored by the American Institute of America, Rockford Society and in collaboration with Burpee Museum of Natural History and The Classics Department Of Rockf...
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Feb

10

February 12, 2015 Add to Favorites

Home School Class: Illinois Minerals

Identify and map Illinois minerals. Learn how the geology of Illinois determines the location of mineral deposits.
Ages 10 and up...
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Feb

12

February 15, 2015 Add to Favorites

Mahlburg Scholars Presents: Liberty Hyde Bailey: Americas Greatest Plant Scientist

Presented by Dr. Allan C. Carlson

Liberty Hyde Bailey was an American horticulturist, botanist, cofounder of the American Society for Horticultural Science, founder of the National Country Life Association, and author of several well-known publications.
Dr. Carlson will review Bailey's l...
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Feb

15

February 16, 2015 Add to Favorites

Animal Hour: Slithering Snakes

Discover the wonderful world of animals in this hands-on, interactive workshop. Learn about Burpee Museum's Living Collection and get up close to the animals!

Great for families, and the programs fall on dates the kids will have off of school!...
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Feb

16

February 19, 2015 Add to Favorites

Home School Workshop: Mapping Earth and its Features

Ages 6-9

Students will use maps of Rockford to locate land and water features.

All workshops are based on AIMS curriculum funded by the National Science Foundation....
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Feb

19

February 20 - 21, 2015 Add to Favorites

Overnight Scout Program for Webelos: Astronomy

Spend the night at Burpee Museum and learn about Astronomy. Bring pajamas, sleeping bag, flashlight, toothbrush etc. Dress to be outside for part of the night (weather permitting). Evening snack and continental breakfast are included. Please do not bring snacks – food is restricted to certain p...
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Feb

20

February 21, 2015 Add to Favorites

Engineering Day 2015: Engineering a Savage

Celebrate National Engineering week at Burpee Museum! Take part in a variety of engineering activities, meet an engineer to answer all of your questions, and work with Snap Circuits to engineer your own Alternative Energy with wind and solar power!

Schedule:
11am-12pm Build Your Own Sol...
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Feb

21

February 24, 2015 Add to Favorites

Adult Learning Program: Rock Art

Learn about cairns, their history, and the cultures which have used them. Examine a variety of rocks, and create a piece of rock art for your coffee table, porch, or garden!...
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Feb

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February 26, 2015 Add to Favorites

Home School Class: An Illinois Earthquake

Use real data to show how the distribution of damage from an earthquake is dependent on regional geology.

Ages 10 and up...
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Feb

26

March 5, 2015 Add to Favorites

Home School Workshop: Ice Breakers and Agents of Erosion

Ages 6-9

Weathering and erosion of rocks are explored through experiments and models.

All workshops are based on AIMS curriculum funded by the National Science Foundation....
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Mar

5

March 12, 2015 Add to Favorites

Home School Class: The Great Flood of 1993

Identify floodplain features and experiment with geologic controls and impacts of river flooding.

Ages 10 and up...
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Mar

12

March 14 - 15, 2015 Add to Favorites

PaleoFest 2015

In association with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, PaleoFest 2015, focuses on the Triassic and Jurassic time periods, "The Beginning of Dinosaurs and the Origin of the Modern World."

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Mar

14

March 19, 2015 Add to Favorites

Mahlburg Scholars Presents: Bison Reintroduction at Nachusa Grasslands with Bill Kleiman

This talk will focus on the details, difficulties, and plan for the reintroduction of the bison at the Nachusa Grasslands. The emphasis will be on the ecology of the grasslands, and the importance of the bison for the return of the upland sandpiper and other species....
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Mar

19

March 19, 2015 Add to Favorites

Home School Workshop: What is Inside the Earth?

Ages 6-9.

Discover the Earth's interior through a model, and map the layers.

All workshops are based on AIMS curriculum funded by the National Science Foundation....
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Mar

19

March 21, 2015 Add to Favorites

Burpee Explorers: Lizard Legs

Take a close look at the hips of reptiles. How are they different to dinosaur hips, and how do dinosaur hips differ to each other? Examine femora and investigate the limb joints of various animals.
You might have a chance to be involved in a dissection!

Ages 6 and up....
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Mar

21

March 26, 2015 Add to Favorites

Home School Class: Levee Construction and Failure

Experiment with the forces of flooding that weaken levees. Test various earth materials for suitability in levee construction.

Ages 10 and up...
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Mar

26

March 28, 2015 Add to Favorites

Scout Program for Boy Scouts: Mammal Study

The boys will earn their merit badge as they learn about mammals through our exhibits and collections. Requirement 3c will need to be completed prior to this session and a written report presented. Bring a blue card. Badges not provided.
Pre-registration and payment required
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Mar

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March 28, 2015 Add to Favorites

Scout Program for Webelos: Geologist

Earn the Webelos Geologist badge and have a great time exploring the GeoScience exhibit and discovering different kinds of rocks. Learn what fossils are common in Illinois and discover the Illinois State fossil. Try out the methods geologists use to identify minerals. Badges not provided.
Pre-r...
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Mar

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March 31, 2015 Add to Favorites

AIA Free Lecture!*

The Ancient Inner Asian Ecumene: Complexity and Civilization Redefined
Lecturer: Michael Franchetti

Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, Rockford Society in collaboration with Burpee Museum of Natural History and The Classics Department of Rockford University
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Mar

31

March 31, 2015 Add to Favorites

Adult Learning Program: Native American Beading

Burpee Museum has an amazing collection of Native American beadwork -- most of it kept safely in the collections' storage area. This is your chance to view and learn about some of these pieces, and make a beaded bracelet of your own!...
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Mar

31

April 2, 2015 Add to Favorites

Animal Hour: Animals after Dark

Discover the wonderful world of animals in this hands-on, interactive workshop. Learn about Burpee Museum's Living Collection and get up close to the animals!

Great for families, and the programs fall on dates the kids will have off of school!...
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Apr

2

April 4, 2015 Add to Favorites

Eggstravaganza!

Burpee Museum of Natural History joins Discovery Center for this annual egg-stravaganza! Hop into your favorite museum and fill your basket with yummy treats!

Kids 9 and under can look for eggs at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. The rest of the time, children of all ages can jump into egg-cellent fun.<...
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Apr

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April 9, 2015 Add to Favorites

Home School Workshop: Quaking Earth

Ages 6-9.

Two investigations provide an idea of what happens to the surface of the Earth and buildings when the Earth quakes....
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Apr

9

April 11, 2015 Add to Favorites

Burpee Explorers: Breathing the Air of Giants

How do lungs work? What are the lungs of reptiles like? How do they compare to the lungs of dinosaurs? Meet Burpee's live resident reptiles, and examine real lungs!

Ages 6 and up....
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Apr

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April 14, 2015 Add to Favorites

Adult Learning Program: Talking Dinos

Pachycephalosaurus, Triceratops, Apatosaurus - have you ever wondered where those crazy, unpronounceable names originated? Here is your chance to get up to speed with the most recent information on dinosaurs and share in this exciting topic!...
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Apr

14

April 16, 2015 Add to Favorites

Home School Class: Where Should We Build?

Ages 10 and up

Experiment with factors affecting the selection of locations for buildings....
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Apr

16

April 18, 2015 Add to Favorites

Scout Program for Webelos: Forester

Using the variety of trees on the museum grounds and the beautiful woodwork in our older building, the boys will earn their Forester Badge. Dress to be outside part of the time. Pins not provided.
Pre-registration and payment required
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Apr

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April 18, 2015 Add to Favorites

Scout Program for Webelos: Naturalist

A naturalist studies living creatures and plants in the wild. Earn the Naturalist Badge using our biology exhibit, Windows to Wilderness, and the Museum grounds. Dress to be outside part of the time. Badges not provided.
Pre-registration and payment required
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Apr

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April 21, 2015 Add to Favorites

Adult Learning Program: Haiku for You

Time to be mindful and live in the moment as we welcome the arrival of Spring! Enjoy elements of nature and learn techniques for capturing the moment with haiku. Weather permitting, we will venture out to the Riverfront and create a simple Japanese-style book to record your poetry pieces!...
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Apr

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April 21, 2015 Add to Favorites

AIA Free Lecture!*

An Archaeology of 'End of Empire'? Material Record and Political Change in Late-Antique Iberia
Lecturer: Damian Fernandez

Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, Rockford Society in collaboration with Burpee Museum of Natural History and The Classics Department of Rockford...
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Apr

21

April 23, 2015 Add to Favorites

Home School Workshop: Volcanoes

Ages 6-9.

Explore how volcanoes erupt and discover rapid Earth changes. Make and explode a volcano!

All workshops are based on AIMS curriculum funded by the National Science Foundation....
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Apr

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April 30, 2015 Add to Favorites

Mahlburg Scholars Presents: The Monitoring and Protection of the Endangered Blandings Turtle in Boone County with Aaron Minson and Josh Sage

The Blanding's Turtle species is endangered in Illinois! Learn about a program in Boone County to monitor and protect these endangered species..before it is too late!...
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Apr

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April 30, 2015 Add to Favorites

Home School Class: Geologic Materials and Landfills

Ages 10 and up.

Experiment with the three major Illinois unconsolidated earth materials, identifying their properties for landfill sites....
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Apr

30

May 2, 2015 Add to Favorites

Scout Program for Boy Scouts: Archeology

Learn about archaeology in this hands-on workshop. Participate in a simulated archaeological dig, see and handle Native American artifacts and learn about a local Native American tribe. Two requirements will need to be completed ahead of time and reports presented during the workshop. Leaders will...
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May

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May 7, 2015 Add to Favorites

Home School Workshop: A Close Look at Air

Conduct experiments to observe the properties of air.

All workshops are based on AIMS curriculum funded my the National Science Foundation

Ages 6-9....
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May

7

May 9, 2015 Add to Favorites

Burpee Explorers: Little Giants

Who are the little giants today? Meet frogs; our hidden carnivores of wetlands. Discover how modern amphibians are essential to the health of our environment. Get up close to preserved frogs!

Ages 6 and up....
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May

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May 14, 2015 Add to Favorites

Home School Class: Society and Geological Hazards

Create a simulated model to investigate geological hazards and the impact of society's use of the landscape.

Ages 10 and up...
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May

14

May 21, 2015 Add to Favorites

Home School Workshop: The Wind Blows Which Way?

Observe and measure the speed and direction of the wind.

All workshops are based on AIMS curriculum funded by the National Science Foundation.

Ages 6-9...
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May

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May 30, 2015 Add to Favorites

Scout Program for Boy Scouts: Bird Study

This workshop will cover identifying characteristics of birds, bird calls, and equipment. We will take a walk along the river to see how many birds we can spot and identify, and make a bird feeder to take home. There will be some homework required, to be completed ahead, to earn this badge. Bring ...
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May

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August 1, 2015 Add to Favorites

Scout Program for Boy Scouts: Insect Study

Explore the world of insects. Come dressed to be outside as we learn about insects and search the Museum grounds to see what lives there. Some homework is required, worksheets will be provided upon registration. Bring a sack lunch and a blue card. Badges not provided.
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Aug

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August 15, 2015 Add to Favorites

The Local

Burpee's Summer Festival is back! The Local highlights the great things that Rockford has to offer. Come to Burpee Museum to enjoy live music, and take part in a foodie competition where local restaurants pair up with local breweries and wineries to create delicious samples for all to try!...
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Aug

15