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Paleontology Seminar 2020

The much anticipated PaleoFest 2020 at Burpee Museum of Natural History is coming this March 6th-8th. We will once again celebrate all things prehistoric with our 22nd annual PaleoFest featuring speakers from around the world, our largest number of visitors to the museum in a single weekend, and awesome activities for the adult scientist all the way to the budding young paleontologist.  From art workshops to scientific lectures to family workshops, Rockford and beyond celebrates this amazing tradition with Burpee Museum!

Schedule of Events

Friday, March 6th: Student Symposium

FREE Student Symposium

Teachers, please contact Burpee Museum with a total number of students and chaperones. SEATING IS LIMITED. 

9:00am: Upper Grades Symposium

11:00am: Lower Grades Symposium

All students are free thanks to a generous gift from the Kjellstrom Family Foundation.

Friday, March 6th: Members Only Reception

5:30pm: Members Only Reception

7:00pm: Keynote Presentation

By: Dr. Larisa DeSantis, Vanderbilt University

Topic: Saber-Toothed Cats

Saturday, March 7th: PaleoFest Day 1

8:30am: Doors Open

9:00am: Speaker Symposium Begins

4:00pm: Speaker Symposium Ends

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

6:30PM: Dinner Seating

Evening Feature:

7:30 Keynote Lecture

Keynote Speaker TBA

Sun March 8th: PaleoFest Day 2

8:30am: Doors Open

9:00am: Speaker Symposium Begins

4:00pm: Speaker Symposium Ends

Get Your PaleoFest Tickets!

Museum General Admission

$12 Adult; $10 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 Pass

A good deal for the family including museum general admission for 2 adults & 3 children and an entertaining science lecture for all ages presented by one of the event’s guest paleontologists.  Pre-purchase your family pass and skip the lines!

$58 General Family Pass        $20  Burpee Members Family Pass

Family Pass Do It ALL (One Day)

A great deal for families looking to get super involved in PaleoFest learning!  The pass includes 1 Day museum admission for up to 2 adults & 3 children, and entrance for the group to one child-friendly workshop class and family science lecture. Additional youth passes can be purchased for $10 each ($8 members)

$75 Family DO IT ALL-One Day     $50 Burpee Members

Do It ALL Weekend …Family Pass!

Experience all the PaleoFest offers. This includes museum admission for 2 adults & 3 children on Saturday & Sunday with one Family PaleoArt, and Paleo Workshop, PLUS a Family-friendly lecture with an internationally recognized paleontologist both days!  Different workshops and different speakers each day.

$120 DO IT ALL WEEKEND Family Pass      $80 Members

The Family Pass VIP: Do It ALL Weekend 

OUR BEST DEAL!! This includes Saturday & Sunday museum admission for 2 adults & 3 children, one Family PaleoArt Class, a child-Paleo Workshop, Family Lectures each day, PLUS Saturday dinner, & Keynote lecture!

$260 General Family VIP      $200Members

1 Day Research Lecture Pass

Join us on Saturday or Sunday for a full schedule of 30 minute talks by a variety of world class paleontologists.  Learn about their current findings, and catch a glimpse of the newest research!

$65 General     $50 Member/Student

2 Day Research Lecture Pass

Join us on Saturday AND Sunday for a full schedule of 30 minute talks by a variety of world class paleontologists.  Learn about their current findings, and catch a glimpse of the newest research!

$85 General     $70 Member/Student

Don’t Miss The Research Paleo Package

THE BEST SCIENTIST’S DEAL: 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!

$140 General     $110 Member/Student