Elgin Public Museum

Elgin Public Museum The Elgin Public Museum of Natural History and Anthropology is located in beautiful Lords Park, over looking the zoo. We do outstanding programming and continually change exhibits
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05/14/2019

We've had a lot of questions about vendors. We are looking for things that are in good taste, Vendor space is $25. The area is shaded. Tents are optional. Please let me know if you would like to be a vendor.

Illinois State Museum
05/13/2019

Illinois State Museum

As the first female field archaeologist in Illinois, Harriet Smith (1911-1992) was a trailblazer in a male-dominated field. She is pictured here at Kincaid Mounds in 1938. In 1941, she directed the first professional large-scale excavations at Cahokia Mounds for the Illinois State Museum/WPA. Her work helped shape modern interpretations of Cahokia. #MuseumWeek #WomenInCulture #StoryofIllinois

05/13/2019

Get registered now for Fox Trot!

05/13/2019

Where are the vendors? We are having a Day in the Park event June 1 and desperately need vendors. Write me on here if you are interested.

05/08/2019
Elgin Public Museum

Elgin Public Museum

This year, Fox Trot is proud to be supporting 27 of our local non-profits and community groups. When you register online for the 2-mile Walk for a Cause, we will donate your registration fee to the cause of your choice – just select the cause in the drop-down menu on the registration page.

The 2-mile walk sets off from our start-finish line at the corner of Kimball and Douglas and follows a circular route through downtown and along the Fox River. The course map is available here. The route is suitable for families. Strollers and well-controlled, leashed dogs are welcome to take part. The walk begins at 7:50 a.m.

05/02/2019

We are still seeking vendors for Day in the Park. Contact Peggie at Elgin Public Museum for more information!

05/01/2019

We got a new membership from Judy Hayner

Illinois State Museum Zoology Section
05/01/2019

Illinois State Museum Zoology Section

Did you know that Fox squirrel bones (on the left) fluoresce bright pink under UV (ultraviolet) light? They have a genetic mutation that means they cannot break down the enzyme uroporphyrin which then gets deposited in their bones. Gray tree squirrels (right) do not have this mutation. Both squirrel species live in Illinois and throughout eastern North America. #museum #mammal #squirrel #fluorescence #IllinoisLegacyCollection

New community gardens coming to Elgin
04/29/2019
New community gardens coming to Elgin

New community gardens coming to Elgin

A new community garden with 30 raised beds is being created north of downtown Elgin, and so many neighborhood families are interested that there is a waiting list already.

04/29/2019

This year, Fox Trot is proud to be supporting 27 of our local non-profits and community groups. When you register online for the 2-mile Walk for a Cause, we will donate your registration fee to the cause of your choice – just select the cause in the drop-down menu on the registration page.

The 2-mile walk sets off from our start-finish line at the corner of Kimball and Douglas and follows a circular route through downtown and along the Fox River. The course map is available here. The route is suitable for families. Strollers and well-controlled, leashed dogs are welcome to take part. The walk begins at 7:50 a.m.

Don't let these loons disappear!
04/25/2019
Birds on the Brink

Don't let these loons disappear!

Discover the impact on your area’s birds.

04/23/2019

Looking for vendors for June 1, Day in the Park, Lords Park, Elgin Public Museum.

Illinois State Museum
04/21/2019

Illinois State Museum

Some bunnies are teaming up to wish everyone a very hoppy Easter! On the right is an Eastern Cottontail, the large rabbit on the left is an unknown species. #Easter #spring #rabbit #bunny #HippityHoppity

04/20/2019
Yellowstone Forever

Yellowstone Forever

We are thrilled to have former National Geographic Editor Chris Johns with us this summer for a special Masters program.

Read our interview with Johns about the need to look beyond the park boundaries when thinking about wildlife conservation.

Elgin Public Museum
04/16/2019
Elgin Public Museum

Elgin Public Museum

The Elgin Public Museum of Natural History and Anthropology is located in beautiful Lords Park, over looking the zoo. We do outstanding programming and continually change exhibits

Illinois State Museum Geology Section
04/16/2019

Illinois State Museum Geology Section

Lovely blue fluorite from Hardin County, Illinois. #mineral #museum #MineralMonday

I Love Birdwatching
04/15/2019

I Love Birdwatching

Southern Double-collared Sunbird (Cinnyris chalybeus) in South Africa by Ajay Bhoopchand.

Zugunruhe: 04/08/19 to 04/11/19
04/12/2019
Zugunruhe: 04/08/19 to 04/11/19

Zugunruhe: 04/08/19 to 04/11/19

Highlights: Firsts of the season: American Black Duck, Rock Pigeon, Eastern Phoebe, Rusty Blackbird, American Tree Sparrow, Song Sparrow Passerines put on their first real show of the season on April 10. While covering for Krista Botting, the hawk counter, I observed 24 American Robin, 39 Red-winged...

Birdwatching
04/10/2019

Birdwatching

Indian Golden Oriole (Oriolus kundoo) by Vijaytamilserial on Flickr.

National Audubon Society
03/28/2019

National Audubon Society

Compact Western Screech-Owls are not much taller than a standard pair of binoculars. http://ow.ly/1TCo30o9N7Z

03/28/2019
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Spring time = strut time for these sage-grouse!
Male sage-grouse have danced at leks across their 173 million-acre, 11-state range for hundreds of thousands of years.The sagebrush west is home to more than 350 species of plants and animals, and is the largest, mostly intact ecosystem in the lower 48 states. That is something to dance about - and definitely something worth conserving. Find out more about how a range of partners as diverse as the sagebrush itself are coming together to keep the pep in this bird's step! https://www.sagegrouseinitiative.com/

Video credit: Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Sage Grouse Initiative USFWS Mountain Prairie Region The Nature Conservancy

03/27/2019

Brian Ellis is right now in the James Audubon Park! He's performing there.

03/27/2019
Dale Hollow Eagle Cam

Dale Hollow Eagle Cam

Thanks to Gib Taylor for capturing this morning’s feeding. Please do not chit chat in the comments, use your PM to chit chat, Please respect you fellow viewers. This video was made awhile back. These little peaglets are growing daily.

03/26/2019

Sure hope you are planning to come to Brian "Fox" Ellis's presentation Tuesday night!

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region
03/26/2019

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region

Wood ducks nest in tree cavities and seem to prefer cavities that are high from the ground. By May, most pairs will have eggs and by June, most will have young!

Photo: Wood duck drake by Nate Rathbun/USFWS.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region
03/23/2019

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region

Horned larks are the only native lark in North America. They can be found across the country in open habitat like lawns, fields, beaches and even tundra!

Photo: Horned lark in the snow by Tom Koerner/USFWS.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region
03/22/2019

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region

When food is scarce in the northern boreal forests of Canada, great gray owls come to the northern reaches of the midwest. You might catch a glimpse of one on the edge of bogs and meadows.

Photo: Great gray owl in tree courtesy of Lisa Hodge-Richardson/Wisconsin DNR. https://flic.kr/p/ehh9Yr

Toni Bernhard, author
03/21/2019

Toni Bernhard, author

Great Kiskadee
(Photo taken in Panama by mdf on Wikimedia Commons)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region
03/21/2019

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region

Have you spotted any sandhill cranes lately? Listen for their loud rattling sound as they gather to eat and rest around sunset.

Photo: Sandhill cranes calling on the ice by Jim Hudgins/USFWS.

Illinois State Museum
03/20/2019

Illinois State Museum

It's the First Day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. While people often look for the first American Robin of spring, many of these birds spend the entire year in our area and do not migrate seasonally. You can still look to them for signs of spring. When Robins start singing from the tops of trees, pulling up worms in your front yard, and gathering grass and twigs for their nests, you can be sure spring has arrived at last! Taxidermy prepared and donated by Christine Musser. #FirstDayOfSpring #bird #taxidermy #museum #StoryOfIllinois

03/18/2019
Field Museum

Field Museum

Chief fossil preparator Akiko Shinya and fossil volunteer Lis (who also serves on our Women's Board!) use an oscillating multitool to cut the plaster on this field jacket from Missouri.

Inside is part of a hadrosaur, or duckbilled dinosaur, tail. Akiko’s team has already opened two other field jackets from the same site, and it’s possible they're all from the same individual. 🦕 Here's to the all the dedicated, talented, passionate women in science! 🙌

03/18/2019

We have a renewed member, Edward Whitcomb

03/18/2019

We had about 50 people attend Pete Olson's opening Saturday. Not a bad crowd!

Illinois State Museum Geology Section
03/18/2019

Illinois State Museum Geology Section

We celebrate the wearing of the green with some cool green minerals! #green #mineral #museum #StPatricksDay #IllinoisLegacyCollection
A. Aventurine (green quartz) from Colorado,
B. Aventurine from Siberia,
C. Malachite (velvet form) from Arizona,
D. Malachite from Democratic Republic of the Congo,
E. Nephrite (jade) from Wyoming,
F. Amazonite (green microcline) from Virginia.

Illinois State Museum Zoology Section
03/15/2019

Illinois State Museum Zoology Section

Did you know that some butterflies overwinter as adults? Species like Eastern Comma (top) and Mourning Cloak will find a protected space like a hollow tree or a crevice in a rock to spend the cold winter. They emerge early in the spring. These two butterflies were photographed at Lincoln Memorial Gardens in mid-March, 2012. #butterflies #StoryOfIllinois #LearnAboutButterflies #LearnAboutButterfliesDay

Field Museum
03/12/2019

Field Museum

Staff in our replication shop collaborated with Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago to create 13 mini dioramas that were installed in the Hospital's Cardiac Care Unit. 🐼

The meticulous scenes harken back to the great tradition of diorama-making but are fanciful, relatable, and kid-friendly.🦒🎂 Lurie Children's is striving to make a clinical stay less stressful through its Creative Arts Community Partnerships of which we're proud to be one of many participating institutions.

03/12/2019
Chereokee Native American

Chereokee Native American

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03/11/2019

Plan to come to Peter Olson's opening March 16 at 2:00!

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225 Grand Blvd, Lords Park
Elgin, IL
60120

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Opening Hours

Saturday 00:00 - 16:00
Sunday 00:00 - 16:00

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(847) 741-6655

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