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Rock & Mineral Identification

Geologist Sara Kurth presents an introduction to rocks and minerals. Learn to identify minerals through basic hands-on identification including observation skills and hardness tests. Great for rockhounds, Boy & Girl Scout merit badges and Teachers Professional Development credit, email: Scout groups require adult supervision.

10:30 a.m. - 75 minutes – Ages 8 yrs. to Adult
Saturday Classes: July 16 & Sept. 17
Fee: $5.00 per person, Museum Members $3.00 Reservations Required

“Rockin’ Jewelry for Kids”


This beginner’s class allows children to make their own?gemstone jewelry to keep. Choose two different types of jewelry to make with stones from the Museum Shop and learn how to work with jeweler’s tools. Parties of 10 or more are encouraged to schedule a private class. Email:

1:30 p.m. – 75 minutes - Ages 8-16 years
Saturday Classes: July 16 & Sept. 17
Fee: $10.00 per person
Reservations Required: (630) 833-1616

July 23

Geologist Sara Kurth presents an interactive lecture on volcanoes. Discuss the mechanisms of how volcanoes work, and compare different eruption styles. This presentation focuses on recent volcanic eruptions and explores how volcanoes can both positively and negatively effect local and global communities. Hands-on specimens will be available to see and touch.

Lecture – 2:00 p.m. – 60 minutes - Youth to Adult
Regular Museum Admission, Museum Members Free
Reservations Recommended


July 29
Fossil Collecting Field Trip

Travel by motor coach to Vulcan Quarry in Sycamore, Illinois. Collect Silurian and Ordovician Period marine fossils in shale and limestone. Collectable fossils include: brachiopods, cephalopods, corals, crinoids, gastropods, and more.

Field Trip - Ages 8 yrs. to Adult
Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Fee: $45.00 per person, Museum Members $40.00 Reservations Required: 630-833-1616

August 20
Start Your Rockin’ Collection!"

Create your very own, personalized rock collection! Cartons and materials for decoration and personalization are provided. Each child can choose several rocks to start or fill in their collection carton. Rocks from home can also be brought in for identification.

Workshop – 2:00 p.m. – 60 minutes - Ages 5 to 10 yrs.
Fee: $5.00 per person, Museum Members Free.
Reservations Required: 630-833-1616


August 28
Painting in Stone"

Dr. Anna Maria Massinelli from Florence, Italy presents her new book Painting in Stone Modern Florentine Pietra Dura Mosaic including mosaics in the Lizzadro Collection. Discuss modern pietra dura and the collaborations that developed between painters and mosaic workshops during the 19th and 20th centuries. A book signing takes place after the lecture.

Adult Lecture – Sunday 2:00 p.m. - 75 minutes
Admission: $10.00 per person, Museum Members Free.
Reservations Recommended: 630-833-1616


September 24
Geode Find"

Geodes are spherical hollow nodules that usually contain crystals. Learn more about the theories on how geodes form and where they are found. Children and adults can participate in “Geode Find” an activity to find and crack open your very own geode to take home.

Lecture/Activity - Ages 6 yrs. to Adult – 2:00 p.m. – 75 minutes
$5.00 per person, Museum Members Free.
Reservations Recommended: 630-833-1616

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