Paleontology Seminar 2019

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 1st: Members Only Reception

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

7:00pm: Keynote Presentation

By: Joshua Mathews

Saturday, March 2nd: PaleoFest Day 1

9:00AM: Doors Open for Lecture Pass Holders

10:00AM-4PM: Family Workshops & Activities

4:30- 6:30PM:Cocktail Mixer: Live Music 

6:30PM: Dinner Seating

Saturday dinner & drinks presented by:

Evening Feature:

7:30 Keynote Lecture

By: Sanaa El-Sayed 

Mansoura University, Egypt


Sun March 3rd: PaleoFest Day 2

9:00AM: Doors Open for Lecture Pass Holders

10:00AM-4PM: Family Workshops & Activities

The Official Hotel

PaleoFest 2019

Burpee is excited to partner with the newly remodeled hotel on the river: Riverview Inn & Suites at CliffBreakers. Mention Burpee’s PaleoFest when booking your rooms for the discounted rate.

Get Your PaleoFest Tickets!

Museum Admission

$12 General Public    $4 Member

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.

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)

$35 General Public     $25 Members

Don’t Miss The Paleo Package (museum admission included)

Includes 2 Day lecture pass, Saturday cocktail mixer, Saturday dinner & keynote lecture.  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 2018 Sponsored By:

Betsy & Alan Carlson

Lewis Crampton


Estwing Manufacturing Co.

Dana & Janis Ragaller

Lauer Foundation

Mel Jackovich

Bob & Nancy Moore

Dan & Lei Schlitz

Frank Tully

Chris & Krissy Vittore

Jim & Anne Weerda