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September 18
“The Dinosaurs of the Hell Creek: A Biological Arms Race”

Take a trip 66 million years back in time and explore the Hell Creek formation in South Dakota with field paleontologist, Rob Sula. Learn how paleontologists interpret fossils of Triceratops, Edmontosaurus and the mighty Tyrannosarus rex. Using actual fossils and excavation maps examine the amazing dinosaurs of the late Cretaceous ... the last non-avian dinosaurs to walk on earth.

Lecture – Ages 8 yrs. and up – 2 p.m. – 60 minutes
Regular Museum Admission, Museum Members Free
Reservations Recommended

September 25
“Celebrate Smithsonian Museum Day”

As a Smithsonian Affiliate the Lizzadro Museum will feature a special exhibit from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Children and adults can participate in “Geode Find” an activity to find and crack open your very own geode to take home and see a DVD on mining amethyst geodes in Uruguay. Free admission will be offered to visitors presenting a Museum Day Ticket available on-line at The Museum Day Ticket provides free admission to one person, and a guest.

Activity/DVD - Ages 5 yrs. to Adult – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$3.00 per person or Free with Smithsonian Museum Day Ticket Museum Members Free

October 9
“Buyer Beware: Purchasing Wildlife Souvenirs Abroad”

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Inspectors, Laura DiPrizio and Kelly Ishmael educate consumers about endangered and protected animal species. Seemingly harmless products made from reptiles, coral, and ivory, to name a few are available in marketplaces all over the world. Travelers do not realize that several U.S. laws and an international treaty make it a crime to bring many of these wildlife souvenirs into the country. Learn the most common tourist souvenir purchasing mistakes. A hands on table, question and answer follows the lecture.

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

October 16
“Fossil Collecting Field Trip”

New quarry! Travel by motor coach to a new quarry near Rockford, Illinois. CollectOrdovician Period (450 million years old) marine fossils in dolomite. Collectable fossils include: brachiopods, gastropods, corals, crinoids, trilobites and cephalopods.

Field Trip - Ages 8 yrs. to Adult
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00 per person
Museum Members $30.00
Reservations Required: 630-833-1616

October 23
“Meteorites and Meteorwrongs”

Do you think you have found a meteorite? Bring it in and have it identified by Dr. Paul Sipiera, meteorite specialist and adjunct curator at the Field Museum. Learn about the types of meteorites, where they are found and some of the more recent falls in our region. A hands on sample table helps in learning about meteorites and wrongs.

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

November 6
“Ivory: The Organic Gem”

In conjunction with the Museum’s special exhibit on ivory, Robert Weisblut president of the International Ivory Society, author and contributing editor on ivory for Schroeder’s Antique Price Guide presents the facts on ivory. Learn what constitutes ivory, how to identify where it comes from, and its uses historically. See the types of ivory and the value of ivory objects in today’s market. If you have a piece of ivory bring it in for an informal analysis and value.

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

November 20
“Lapidary Activity Day”

Learn how gemstone jewelry is made and the types of lapidary art with members of the West Suburban Lapidary Club. See demonstrations of cabochon cutting, silversmithing, wirewraping, beading and carving. Participate in creating a gemstone picture frame, making a rock critter and free jewelry cleaning. A great way to find out more about lapidary art and learn a new hobby!

Demonstrations & Activities All Ages
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free Admission
Group Reservations Recommended

December 4
“Create A Gem Tree”

Lapidaries Bill and Lois Zima of the DesPlaines Valley Geological Society teach how to create a small tree using
gemstones and wire. These beautiful trees never need water and make a great gift. All materials are included.

Activity - Ages 9 yrs. to Adult
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $20.00 per person
Museum Members $15.00
Reservations Required: (630) 833-1616

December 11
“Scrimshaw Activity”

Scrimshander, Richard Kovanda presents the art of scrimshaw; a popular folk art form made famous by New England whalers of the 19th century. Today, ivory substitutions such as plastic, tagua nut and howlite can be used to create beautiful ink etchings. Learn from a master artist the tools and techniques of this unique art form. Tools and materials are provided to make your own creation to take home.

Activity – Ages 9 yrs. to Adult
1p.m. to 3p.m.
Fee: $15.00 per person,
Museum Members $10.00
Reservations Required: (630) 833-1616

Every Sunday Afternoon at 3 p.m.

“Ammolite: Birth Of A Gem”

Trace the origins of
Ammolite the shell fossil gemstone from Canada. As vibrant in color as opal, see how the gem is mined, cut, polished and sold. Learn why this gem is exclusive
to Canada and how it was discovered and marketed.
DVD – 50 minutes. Regular Museum Admission

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