Imagine Planet

Imagine Planet Imagine Planet is a no-admission, non-profit, science enrichment, hands-on activity center, where adults and children can explore, create, learn, and play.
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The idea for Imagine Planet grew from the realization that access to science enrichment opportunities had attendance barriers including high admission fees and lack of transportation. By keeping overhead costs low, and choosing a location in the heart of the city of Jackson, we can offer free admission. We're a non-profit and welcome contributions from those who can manage it (from material goods to corporate sponsors and monetary donations). Repeat visits are encouraged both by the free admission and by changing activities so that there is something new every time you attend. Come join the fun!!

Mission: Our mission is to provide hands on science to everyone, removing barriers such as income, transportation, and special needs.

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University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
11/19/2020

University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

When the museum sign says 'Please Do Not Touch'
#Dunkleosteus #ThrowBackThursday

Wow, the Smithsonian!  One thing this dang virus has done has made distant museums accessible.   Check these programs ou...
11/12/2020
A Virtual Fossil Fest

Wow, the Smithsonian! One thing this dang virus has done has made distant museums accessible. Check these programs out.

From November 7-17, we're offering digital programs and activities with paleontologists, fossil preparators, educators, and artists.

I have been trying to find words, but these will have to do.   Brayden was a member of our Imagine Planet family.  We ha...
11/10/2020
12-year-old accidentally shot to death in Jackson, family remembers him | News Break

I have been trying to find words, but these will have to do. Brayden was a member of our Imagine Planet family. We hadn't seen him in a while, but we remember. Our condolences to his family and friends. I am unable to come to the memorials as I am in the hospital, but we are there in spirit.

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - The family of a Jackson boy who was accidentally shot to death is speaking out; sharing how they want 12-year-old Brayden Carnes to be remembered. “I was super close to him,” said his uncle Tim Harris. “He was a good kid. funny, would make the room light up when he walk...

University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
11/04/2020

University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

Need a distraction today? Enjoy some unique frogs and then scroll down for other fun nature photos!

#StressRelief #Frogs #NaturePhotos

Photo by: pllaidllama (Imgur)

Please consider taking about a half an hour to give input into these grants.  We are not one of them, but there are many...
11/04/2020

Please consider taking about a half an hour to give input into these grants. We are not one of them, but there are many valuable programs here.

Help us tear down racist barriers in Jackson County!

The Jackson Community Foundation (JCF) is deeply committed to its Vision: “A Thriving Community where ALL people have the Opportunity to Reach their Fullest Potential.”

To further this Vision, JCF in partnership with the Henry Ford Allegiance Health’s Health Improvement Organization, created a Racial Equity Grant Round to support systemic change in Jackson County, Michigan. Our goal is to focus on the root causes of racism. We seek to permanently dismantle the racist barriers that are embedded in our local policies and practices.

How can you help? Share your perspective! We believe community input is essential in "Tackling Systemic Racism." We thoughtfully ask for Jackson County’s voice on which proposals you think will make the most impact in furthering our Vision.

To share your voice by November 9th at 11:59 PM, go to: https://www.jacksoncf.org/tackling-systemic-racism-grant

10/31/2020
Top 5 Best Halloween Science Ideas from Steve Spangler

Top 5 Best Halloween Science Ideas from Steve Spangler

Make this Halloween one to remember with these last minute science ideas. From glowing liquids to magical smoking cauldrons, you are sure to find something f...

10/31/2020
Halloween Party Science - Cool Science Experiment

Halloween Party Science - Cool Science Experiment

Steve Spangler is already getting ready for his favorite science holiday... HALLOWEEN... and what would Halloween be without slime, spooky sounds and bubblin...

10/31/2020
Impression 5 Science Center

Impression 5 Science Center

Happy Halloween! 👻 We’re celebrating the day the only way we know how… by putting marshmallow ghosts in a vacuum chamber! Here’s a sneak peek of a fun pop-up activity you can try during visits this holiday weekend.

What a great shot of Dawn, our Mourning Gecko.  She is small and fast and loves her new enclosure.  All Mourning Geckos ...
10/30/2020

What a great shot of Dawn, our Mourning Gecko. She is small and fast and loves her new enclosure. All Mourning Geckos are female and reproduce without a male, called parthenogenesis.

10/30/2020
Axel’s Birds
10/28/2020

Axel’s Birds

Fun Fact: A woodpecker’s tongue is so long that it wraps around its skull to protect its brain while it is hammering away at a tree or other hard surfaces. This, combined with other factors such as: super strong neck muscles, plates of spongey bone in the skull that act like a football helmet, and a very small amount of cerebrospinal fluid surrounding their brain, all help to stop a woodpecker scrambling its brain while pecking away with a force of over 1000g. #funfactfriday illustration
Donation for injured Birds ⬇️⬇️
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10/21/2020

Bottle drive tomorrow- bring your cans and pop bottles to Imagine Planet from 11 am to 4 pm or call 517-240-0239 for pickup. So far we have earned almost $200 in can returns. Thanks everyone!

Nature's Workshop Plus
10/21/2020

Nature's Workshop Plus

So much info in one little chart. 🐝🐝🐝

Save the Box Turtles
10/12/2020

Save the Box Turtles

Individual box turtles exhibit a highly variable shell pattern. This image shows some of the variation displayed by the Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene c. carolina).

Image courtesy of Seth LaGrange of The Bearded Biologist. Purchase the poster here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/804712560/eastern-box-turtle-print

Waterloo Recreation Area
10/09/2020

Waterloo Recreation Area

There are a few Guided Hikes scheduled this Fall with a Park Interpreter! Pre-registration is required, and we are starting out small. Each participant must be signed up. Properly worn masks and social distancing required.

https://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/Eddy_204154_7.pdf

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a48adac22aa8-hike

No, we don't have a panther chameleon, but our two new rescued veil chameleons are doing well.  They came to us dehydrat...
09/26/2020

No, we don't have a panther chameleon, but our two new rescued veil chameleons are doing well. They came to us dehydrated and emaciated but are eating and looking better. Keep an eye on this page for updates.

This weekend is your last chance to meet Pascal the Panther chameleon on the Stone Stage - Africa month ends tomorrow! Details and tickets are on our website at http://www.thecreatureconservancy.org/

University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
09/25/2020

University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

Say hello to our #FossilFriday Doli! 🐟
Dolichorhynchops were short-necked plesiosaurs (PLEASE-ee-oh-sore s) of the Cretaceous period. They lived about 80 million years ago in the shallow seas that covered the land that is now Wyoming and Kansas.Like whales, which evolved from a common, land-dwelling mammal ancestor, plesiosaurs evolved from a land-dwelling reptile.

#FossilFriday #Dolichorhynchops #plesiosaur #fun #Friday

University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
09/25/2020

University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology Chief Vertebrate Preparator Bill Sanders explores the fascinating world of early whale fossils and two skeletons of Maiacetus inuus.

Have you talked to Professor Sanders or other scientists in the Paleo Lab while visiting University of Michigan Museum of Natural History? What were they working on?

Find more science content at [email protected]! http://ow.ly/mCRr50BzD5W
University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
All About Ann Arbor Ann Arbor - Detroit Kids Out And About

Eons • PBS
09/18/2020

Eons • PBS

For International Microorganisms Day lets celebrate one of the most underrated fossil - the Stromatolite! Stromatolites are sedimentary structures that were created by cyanobacteria that grow in shallow water.

The cyanobacteria secretes a sticky substance that traps sand grains and gets stuck. Since the cyanobacteria photosynthesize, they grow over the sand to reach the sun. This continues and builds up a mat or mound over time. They also represent the oldest undisputed life on Earth at 3.5 billion years old!

And if they couldn't get any better...they kick started the oxygenation of our atmosphere and oceans, which aided the evolution of multicellular life!

You can still see modern -living- stromatolites in a few places, Shark Bay in Australia is probably the most famous. Shown here is a stromatolite from the Fort Laclede Bed, Laney Member, Green River Formation of Wyoming. This stromatolite lived in the ancient Lake Gosuite around 50 million years ago. This is a cross-sectional slice through the fossil, showing its internal layered structure.

Image: James St. John

09/12/2020
Wayne State University Planetarium

Wayne State University Planetarium

Jupiter and Saturn are currently exhibiting retrograde motion, a period where they appear to move backwards! Check out this video for an explanation of how retrograde motion occurs as well as a chance to speed through time and watch it all unfold.

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Imagine Planet is having a fund raiser to help with costs during covid. We will be selling masks. All donations will go to Imagine Planet. Each mask is handmade so may be a little different from the picture. Patterns are limited to what I have or what I can get more of. Each is washable and made with a metal nose piece removable for washing. Slides have been added to the cloth earpieces to adjust comfortably around ears. There are 2 sizes that seem to work for everyone. Adult and child. I will post pictures of the masks. The cost will be $5 a mask. Local pickup near downtown Jackson. Shipping will be added if needed.
They are very friendly!!! my kids and I had a blast with feeding and holding all the animals, learning different things about each one
Terra Teall this is in jackson has different animals runs on donations
Karlie had such a good time today! Thanks for having us :)
Birds who want my cookies no Baby bird and Jr.
Marilyn Lehman
BIG EVENT SATURDAY 11-6, COME ON DOWN!
BIG EVENT SATURDAY, COME ON DOWN 11-6!
Who do I need to contact about my grand daughter and I volunteering this summer?
She fell in love with my husbands hat lol
Snake Day at Imagine Planet was Amazing. Eleven snake guests. All quite fascinating. My personal favorites were the Green Tree Python and the Red tailed Boa. From the smallest, Western Hognose, to the largest Red Tailed Boa and the most beautiful, Green Tree Python we had a fabulous day and learned a lot about different snakes, their habitats, morphs, habits, diets. . . etc
Imagine Planet will be closed Saturday 12/23/2017. We will be open Tuesday 12/26/2017