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Paleontology Seminar 2020

Join us at Burpee Museum for our annual PaleoFest. It is hard to believe it was over 20 years ago when the idea for a paleontology symposium was born at Burpee Museum. In that time PaleoFest has become a local phenomenon, Burpee has shared an all-star cast of speakers with the community, and we continue to grow the tradition.
Since our first PaleoFests, our young attendees and volunteers have grown into noted scientists, speakers and writers themselves! 

Schedule of Events

Friday, March 6th: Student Symposium

Friday, March 6th: Members Only Reception

6:00pm: Light Hors d’oeuvre & Refreshments

7:00pm: Keynote Presentation

By: Joshua Mathews

Saturday, March 7th: PaleoFest Day 1

9:00AM: Doors Open for Lecture Pass Holders

10:00AM: Family Workshop

2:00PM: PaleoArt Workshop: Stephen Sommers

4:00PM: Family Lecture

4:30- 6:30PM:Cocktail Mixer: LIVE MUSIC Antitones

6:30PM: Dinner Seating

Saturday dinner & drinks presented by:

Evening Feature:

7:30 Keynote Lecture



Sun March 8th: PaleoFest Day 2

9:00AM: Doors Open for Lecture Pass Holders

10:00PM: Family Workshop

4:00PM: Family Lecture

5:00PM: Museum Closes

Get Your PaleoFest Tickets!

Museum Admission

$12 General Public adult; $8 Youth (Burpee Members: $4 Adult; $2 Youth)

Enjoy Special Activities throughout the Museum only available on PaleoFest weekend. Get hands on at activity stations and enjoy paleontology for the whole family.  Museum Admission does not include lecture pass or workshop pass.  Museum Admission not available online or in advance.

The Family Lecture Pass

This is a good deal that includes museum general admission and an entertaining science lecture for all ages with Dr. Thomas Holtz, and local paleontologist Josh Matthews.

$35 General Family         $20 Members

Family Workshop Pass  

This is a great deal for families looking to get involved in PaleoFest learning!  Includes 1 Day museum admission for up to 2 adults & 2 youth and entrance for the group to one family-friendly workshop class.  Additional youth passes can be purchased for $8 ($2 members)

$40 General Family     $25 Members

The Family PaleoFest Pass  

BEST DEAL!! Experience all the PaleoFest offers. This includes museum admission, one Family PaleoArt or Paleo Workshop, PLUS a Family Lecture with an internationally recognized paleontologist!

$50 General Family      $35 Members

Don’t Miss The Research Paleo Package

Includes 2 Day lecture pass, Saturday cocktail mixer, Saturday dinner & keynote lecture, and museum admission. This is your way to “experience it all” at PaleoFest for the best deal!

$135 General     $110 Member/Student

Tickets available on-line, over the phone, or at Burpee’s Front Desk. (815)965-3433

Purchase Your Tickets Online:

* Online ticket service charge applies

What’s Included?

Museum Admission 


($8 Members)

Family Workshop Pass


($25 Members)

Includes up to 2 adults and 2 youth

1 Day Lecture Pass


($50 Members/Student)

2 Day Lecture Pass


($70 Members/Student)

Paleo Package


($110 Members/Student)

One Hands On Family Workshop

Museum Admission

PaleoFest Demonstrations & Activities

ONE DAY Lecture Admission

TWO DAY Lecture Admission

Saturday Dinner & Keynote Talk

Saturday Mixer & Cocktail Reception

Only with Saturday Lecture Pass

Paleontology Lecture Passes

1 Day Lecture Pass (museum admission included)

$65 General     $50 Member/Student

2 Day Lecture Pass (museum admission included)

$85 General     $70 Member/Student

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Paleontology Dinner Tickets

Includes a cocktail party mixer, seated dinner and lecture all about paleontology.  

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PaleoFest 2019 Sponsored By:

Friend of Harry & Della Burpee –$2,500 and Up


Estwing Manufacturing

Dan & Lei Schlitz

Robert Moore & Nancy Engelhardt-Moore

Sjostrom & Sons Foundation

Friend of Jane – $1,000 and Up

Drs. Robert & Marianne Firlit

Dr. Barbara Levondowski

Dr. Richard Miller

The Tapfield Family

Dr. Chistopher and Kristine Vittore

PaleoFest Supporter $500 and Up

Allan and Betsy Carlson

Melvin Jackovich

Dana Ragaller

Frank Tully

Jim & Anne Weerda

In Kind Contribution


Chantel Bielskis

ABC Catering

Cliff Breakers 

Carol Francsis

Marifran Georgis

Dr. Dennis Harezlak

Steve & Lynne Lani

Dawn Monge

Helmuth Redschlag

Steve Simpson

Steve Somers

Lindstrom Travel, Rockford, IL


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