Student Symposium

Free & Easy Curriculum Enhancement!

Burpee Museum is proud to open our research conversation for K-12 budding scientists. Please share this FREE opportunity with any educator that might benefit. Speakers are part of the PaleoFest 2024 programming and are visiting Rockford from near and far this one weekend only. Don’t miss this unique chance to bring science to life in your classroom!


Sign up to connect your students to amazing scientists for 45 min of prehistoric fun on Friday, March 1, 2024. In-person and virtual sessions are available at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. There is a 300-student limit per in-person session. Virtual sessions are done through the YouTube broadcasting platform.

What to Expect:

No downloads or prep live YouTube broadcasts. Speakers will share stories from prehistoric finds in the field, how they became paleontologists, and answer your questions!

Sign Up In Advance:

Sign up using the form below. A link will be emailed to you for the virtual session of your choice.

Student Symposium Sign Up

Session Time(Required)
300 student limit per session in person; first come, first serve
Is Burpee Museum allowed to take pictures of your students for marketing purposes?(Required)
300 student limit per session in person; first come, first serve
Please enter a number from 1 to 300.

Symposium FAQ

How do we register?

Click the “Register Now” button to sign up.

What grade levels is this for?

Programming is targeting students of all grades. We typically expect grades 1-8 at this event, but there have been high school classes as well. Depending on the types of registrations, we group speakers to the ability levels of the registered students, hence an important reason to pre-register. This grouping keeps conversations and questions relevant. Please select grade level bands when registering so we can better serve your students. High school students are encouraged.

My school isn’t participating…can I still attend?

Yes! Homeschool, enrichment, and individuals of K-12 are encouraged to attend and sign up. Click the link and register for only one device. We will share links with you!

I still need more help. Who can I ask?

You can call Burpee at 815-965-3433, or you can email for questions or registration assistance.