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Rockford, Illinois — March 1st, 2024 — Prepare for an unparalleled voyage through the annals of Earth’s history as Burpee Museum proudly presents Paleofest 2024, a thrilling two-day extravaganza celebrating the wonders of paleontology. From March 2-3, attendees will be transported all over the planet, delving deep into the Earth’s prehistoric past and unraveling its mysteries alongside the foremost names in paleontology from across the globe.

Paleofest 2024 is renowned for its ability to attract the biggest names in paleontology, and this year is no exception. Esteemed experts and researchers hailing from renowned institutions worldwide will converge at Burpee Museum to share their groundbreaking discoveries, cutting-edge research, and unparalleled insights into the history of life on Earth.

This year’s Paleofest theme promises a captivating exploration of one of the most remote and enigmatic regions on the planet – Antarctica. From the ancient fossils of long-extinct creatures to the ongoing scientific expeditions that continue to uncover Antarctica’s secrets, attendees will embark on a remarkable journey spanning millions of years.

Highlights of Paleofest 2024 include:

  • Keynote Presentation: Prepare to be enthralled by a riveting keynote presentation offering unparalleled insights into our prehistoric past and its significance in our understanding of Earth’s history.


  • Interactive Workshops: Engage in hands-on workshops led by the Burpee Team, where participants can learn about fossil preparation, scientific illustration, and other essential skills in the field of paleontology.


  • Panel Discussions: Delve into thought-provoking discussions with leading experts as they explore topics ranging from climate change and evolution to the future of Antarctic research.

“Paleofest 2024 offers a unique opportunity for visitors to journey to the ends of the Earth and uncover the secrets of our planet’s ancient past,” said April Bieschke, Director of Education and Growth at Burpee Museum. “With our unparalleled lineup of speakers, exhibits, and activities, this year’s event promises to be an unforgettable experience for paleontology enthusiasts of all ages.”

Join us as we embark on a journey through time and discover the wonders of paleontology at Paleofest 2024!

Event Details:

Tickets and more information is available on our website –

  • Date: Friday. March 1st (members-only night) – Saturday, March 2nd, and Sunday, March 3rd, 2024.  
  • Location: Burpee Museum, 737 N. Main Street, Rockford, Illinois
  • Admission: Tickets are available on, Eventbrite or at the door.


About Burpee Museum:

The Burpee Museum of Natural History, located in Rockford, Illinois, is dedicated to inspiring curiosity and learning about the natural world. With world-class exhibits, educational programs, and a team of passionate experts, the museum provides an engaging and immersive experience for visitors of all ages.

Media Contact:

April Bieschke
Director of Education and Growth
Burpee Museum
(815) 965-3433 

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