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October 2, 2014 Add to Favorites

Home School Workshop: A Watershed in Your Hand

Create a watershed model. Discover how water flows!...
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Oct

2

October 9, 2014 Add to Favorites

Homeschool Class: Your Ecological Address

Identify your watershed. Experiment with capacity of aquifers and water production rates....
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Oct

9

October 9 - 23, 2014 Add to Favorites

Behind the Brew: COFFEE

Presented by Rockford Roasting Co.:

Learn all about the history and brewing process of coffee, and sample different varieties!

Part 1: Thursday, October 9th, 6:30-8PM
Part 2: Thursday, October 23rd, 6:30-8PM

Visit Rockfordroastingcompany.com for more information....
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Oct

9

October 11, 2014 Add to Favorites

National Fossil Day and Special Mahlburg Scholars Lecture

Burpee Museum of Natural History is a proud partner of National Fossil Day: a celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values.

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Oct

11

October 16, 2014 Add to Favorites

Homeschool Workshop: Hello Watershed

Discover who and what shares your watershed....
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Oct

16

October 17, 2014 Add to Favorites

Trivia (on the Terrace)

Come out to the Museum to show off your smarts! With trivia questions covering topics from superheroes, natural history, pop culture, current events, movies, books, and more, there's certainly something for everyone! This year, Burpee is trying something new by having our Trivia Nights hosted by loc...
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Oct

17

October 18, 2014 Add to Favorites

Scout Program for Boy Scouts: Indian Lore

Learn about Native Americans of our area. See Native American artifacts from the Museum collection. Learn about the food, shelter and clothing of native people, and make a leather craft.
Bring a sack lunch and a blue card. Badges not provided.
Pre-registration and pre-payment required.
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Oct

18

October 20, 2014 Add to Favorites

Adult Learning Program: Nature Journaling

Come to Burpee this fall for our new Adult Programs- no prior experience required!

Learn some different journaling techniques as you get up close to plant and animal specimens. We’ll enjoy some time by the Rock River right outside the Museum (weather permitting). Make your own journal to ...
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Oct

20

October 23, 2014 Add to Favorites

Homeschool Class: A Well Placed Well

Discover variables effecting depth of the water table. Identify the difference betweem "aquifer" and "aquiclude."...
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Oct

23

October 24, 2014 Add to Favorites

Night Sounds: A REAL Night at the Museum!

Halloween fun for the whole family! Come to the museum for a trick-or-treating event like no other. Visit all 4 floors in the museum for different activities and stations and see for yourself items from the museum's collections!*

*Come in costume: there will be a special certificate for anyon...
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Oct

24

October 27, 2014 Add to Favorites

Adult Learning Program: Rock Art

Come to Burpee this fall for our new Adult Programs- no prior experience required!

Learn about cairns, their history and the cultures which have used them. Examine a variety of rocks, including erratics, known as “traveling” rocks. Create a piece of rock art for your coffee table, porch ...
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Oct

27

October 30, 2014 Add to Favorites

Homeschool Workshop: What Makes Soil?

Not all soil is the same! Examine the composition of different soils and identify layers of soil....
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Oct

30

October 30, 2014 Add to Favorites

Haunted Rockford

Have you ever wondered what happened in Burpee's beautiful old mansions hundreds of years ago? Burpee has invited Haunted Rockford to come back to the Barnes Mansion to give you an experience you'll never forget! Learn everything you could ever want to know about the Barnes family, and then take a p...
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Oct

30

November 3, 2014 Add to Favorites

Adult Learning Program: Native American Beading

Come to Burpee this fall for our new Adult Programs- no prior experience required!

Burpee has an amazing collection of Native American beadwork – most of it in the collections storage area. This is a chance to see some of these pieces, learn a little about the style and design elements, a...
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Nov

3

November 6, 2014 Add to Favorites

Homeschool Class: Geology all Around Us

Discover just how important geology is in everyday lives....
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Nov

6

November 8, 2014 Add to Favorites

Scout Program for Webelos: Naturalist

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

8

November 8, 2014 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. Pins not provided.

Pre...
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Nov

8

November 8, 2014 Add to Favorites

Burpee Explorers: The Flight of the Passenger Pigeon

Their flocks darkened the sky for days - Passenger Pigeons were possibly the most numerous vertebrates to ever live. Using Burpee’s new Passenger Pigeon exhibit, learn why they were so special, then take part in experiments that explain the physics of flight and make a project. For ages 6 and up,...
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Nov

8

November 10, 2014 Add to Favorites

Adult Learning Program: Haiku for You

Come to Burpee this fall for our new Adult Programs- no prior experience required!

Time to be mindful and live in the moment as we enter the hectic period leading up to the holidays! Enjoy elements of nature and learn techniques for capturing the moment with haiku. Weather permitting, we’...
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Nov

10

November 13, 2014 Add to Favorites

Homeschool Workshop: Don\\\'t Mix Me UP!

Some plants grow better in certain soil; study soild and their effect on plant growth....
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Nov

13

November 13, 2014 Add to Favorites

Behind the Brew: BEER

Presented by Rockford Brewing Co.:
Explore different types of beer, its process, and tasty samples to try!

*Must be 21 and older

Visit Rockfordbrewingco.com for more information....
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Nov

13

November 14, 2014 Add to Favorites

Trivia (on the Terrace)

Come out to the Museum to show off your smarts! With trivia questions covering topics from superheroes, natural history, pop culture, current events, movies, books, and more, there's certainly something for everyone! This year, Burpee is trying something new by having our Trivia Nights hosted by loc...
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Nov

14

November 15, 2014 Add to Favorites

Haunted Rockford

Have you ever wondered what happened in Burpee's beautiful old mansions hundreds of years ago? Burpee has invited Haunted Rockford to come back to the Barnes Mansion to give you an experience you'll never forget! Learn everything you could ever want to know about the Barnes family, and then take a p...
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Nov

15

November 18, 2014 Add to Favorites

Mahlburg Scholars Presents: Harvesting the Past, the Illinois Ancient Artifacts Project

The office of the State Archaeologist, Illinois State Archaeological Survey has set an ambitious goal over the next decade of recording spearheads arrowheads, knives and other chipped stone artifacts with known locations from each county in Illinois. Hear how this will provide a detailed understandi...
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Nov

18

November 20, 2014 Add to Favorites

Homeschool Class: Interpreting Earth\'s History

Apply principles of superposition, original horizontality, cross-cutting relationships and uniformitarianism....
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Nov

20

November 22, 2014 Add to Favorites

Scout Program for Boy Scouts: Geology

The boys will earn the Geology Merit Badge in this hands-on workshop. Bring a sack lunch and blue card. Badges not provided. Pre-registraion and pre-payment required....
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Nov

22

December 1, 2014 Add to Favorites

Adult Learning Program: Talking Dinos

Come to Burpee this fall for our new Adult Programs- no prior experience required!

Pachycephalosaurus, Triceratops, Apatosaurus – have you ever wondered where those crazy, unpronounceable names came from? Here is your chance to get up to speed with recent information on dinosaurs, keep up...
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Dec

1

December 4, 2014 Add to Favorites

Homeschool Workshop: Hard as a Rock

All rocks are hard, but some are harder than others! Experiment with characteristics of rocks....
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Dec

4

December 5 - 6, 2014 Add to Favorites

Overnight Scout Program for Boy Scouts: Astronomy

This sleepover is a fun introduction to Astronomy. We’ll use the museum’s telescope and the “Sky Globe” computer program to learn about the sun, moon, planets, stars, and constellations. There will be a make and take project and you’ll finish the evening listening to wonderful Greek myth...
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Dec

5

December 11, 2014 Add to Favorites

Homeschool Class: Build Illinois

Build a 3-Dimensional map of Illinois to show its geologic history and sedimentary structures...
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Dec

11

December 15, 2014 Add to Favorites

Adult Learning Program: Wearable Book

Come to Burpee this fall for our new Adult Programs- no prior experience required!

Throughout history the book has been used as both art and a means of presenting information. After observing minerals and shells which have been used in bookmaking in the past, you can make a tiny book using ...
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Dec

15

December 18, 2014 Add to Favorites

Homeschool Workshop: Pet Rocks and Memory Rocks

Do you have a pet rock? Discover all the ways people use rocks!...
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Dec

18

December 20, 2014 Add to Favorites

Jr. Girl Scouts: Jeweler

Join us at Burpee Museum for this fun workshop to earn your Jeweler Badge. We’ll explore jewelry from other cultures and get a close-up look at pieces from the Museum Collections. You’ll get to design and create jewelry of your own to take home. Bring a sack lunch.
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Dec

20

December 22, 2014 Add to Favorites

Critter Club

For ages 9 and up
Here’s a wonderful opportunity to meet and learn about the museum’s live animals as you spend the morning feeding and caring for them. Burpee’s live animals include an assortment of reptiles, a tarantula, hissing cockroaches, a salamander and fish. Space is limited. Pre...
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Dec

22

December 27, 2014 Add to Favorites

Night at Burpee Museum

Ever wondered what it’s like in the Museum at night? Join us for this fun filled family event to explore the Museum and participate in lots of special activities, including storytelling, learning about the night sky with Mr Gary Soper of the Dark Sky Society and his telescope, watching a movie, g...
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Dec

27

December 29, 2014 Add to Favorites

Critter Club

Here’s a wonderful opportunity to meet and learn about the museum’s live animals as you spend the morning feeding and caring for them. Burpee’s live animals include an assortment of reptiles, a tarantula, hissing cockroaches, a salamander and fish. Space is limited. For ages 9 and up...
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Dec

29

December 31, 2014 Add to Favorites

New Year Around the World

Join us for this annual family celebration to welcome the arrival of the New Year! On each hour participants can welcome the New Year as it occurs around the globe. Families can make a variety of traditional new Year crafts from around the world and see displays of items from other countries, includ...
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Dec

31

January 2, 2015 Add to Favorites

Critter Club

Here’s a wonderful opportunity to meet and learn about the museum’s live animals as you spend the morning feeding and caring for them. Burpee’s live animals include an assortment of reptiles, a tarantula, hissing cockroaches, a salamander and fish. Space is limited. For ages 9 and up...
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Jan

2

January 10, 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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Jan

10

January 24, 2015 Add to Favorites

Scout Program for Wolves and Bears: Indian Lore

Earn arrow points by learning about Native American life in our First Peoples exhibit. Hear Native American stories in a real wigwam; make a traditional Native American home and musical instrument, play a Native American game, and use word pictures to write a Native American story. ...
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Jan

24

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

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 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. Pins not provided.
Pre-reg...
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Mar

28

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

28

April 18, 2015 Add to Favorites

Scout Program for Webelos: Naturalist

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

18

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 Pin. Dress to be outside part of the time. Pins not provided.
Pre-registration and payment required
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Apr

18

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

2

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’ll 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

30

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.
Pre-registration and paym...
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Aug

1

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