Burpee Museum of Natural History

Burpee Museum of Natural History A gem in the Rockford community since 1942, Burpee Museum of Natural History is equipped with 4 floors of engaging exhibits, suitable for the whole family!
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Mission Statement: To inspire all people to engage in a lifetime of discovery and learning about the natural world, through preservation and interpretation. Proud member of Blue Star Museums. (Free admission to any active military family from Memorial Day through Labor Day) ASTC affiliated . General Admission Prices: Adult (13 & up) $10, Kids (4-12y/o) $9, and Toddlers (3 & under) Free! Additional fees for special exhibits my apply.

New insects feeding on dinosaur feathers in mid-Cretaceous amber
12/11/2019
New insects feeding on dinosaur feathers in mid-Cretaceous amber

New insects feeding on dinosaur feathers in mid-Cretaceous amber

Numerous feathered dinosaurs and early birds have been discovered from the Jurassic and Cretaceous, but the early evolution of feather-feeding insects is not clear. Here, Gao et al. describe a new family of ectoparasitic insects from 10 specimens found associated with feathers in mid-Cretaceous ambe...

Friends of scales is a top notch nonprofit helping animals find new homes.  Did you fall in love with reptiles while vis...
12/07/2019

Friends of scales is a top notch nonprofit helping animals find new homes. Did you fall in love with reptiles while visiting Burpee and just want to give that love a forever home? Check them out!

Thank you for considering our rescue critters and for sharing our posts. Every time someone shares, we come closer to an adoption. Thank you for your continued support! Check back often and don't forget to follow us on Instagram at @friendsofscales either! Yours in rescue, Erica Mede, President

11/27/2019
Check Out Reptiles

DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE!
Visit Burpee Museum's LIVE Reptile and Amphibian exhibit.
December 15th will be your last chance to explore the senses of Reptiles!
Museum Hours: Monday-Sunday 10am-5pm

Join us for ZooBabies and get a special gift for your scientist: an adorable backpack!Color Changes! Tuesday Nov. 12 @ 1...
11/11/2019

Join us for ZooBabies and get a special gift for your scientist: an adorable backpack!

Color Changes!
Tuesday Nov. 12 @ 11am-12pm & Wednesday Nov. 13 @ 9:30am-10:30am

Perfect the young child
We welcome children ages 6 and under. All 2-year-old and younger children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults are not required to attend classes for 3- to 6-year olds but are welcome, and encouraged, to observe and participate in the class.

Hononegah Archery
11/10/2019

Hononegah Archery

Honoarchery.org

11/09/2019
Explorer Science CLASS for AGES 6 and UPExplore Sound!Saturday, November 9th @ 1pm-2:30pm Listen closely, can you hear t...
11/07/2019

Explorer Science CLASS for AGES 6 and UP
Explore Sound!
Saturday, November 9th @ 1pm-2:30pm
Listen closely, can you hear the frogs? Lets dig into the many different ways animals can hear. Snakes might not hear your talk…but they are sensing vibrations through their jaws. Lizards have large ear holes and frogs have tympanums for hearing. Explorers will be in the exhibit studying different ear features, in the classroom exploring specific animals, and getting better acquainted with the mysteries of SOUND in the animal kingdom.

Pre-registration and payment is required. Registration Fee Includes One child

General Public Registration Fee: $20.00
Burpee Museum Member: $18.00

THIS SATURDAY...would you survive?Art of Hunting: The Anthropology of SurvivalSaturday, November 9th @ 10am-3pmSpears, A...
11/06/2019

THIS SATURDAY...would you survive?
Art of Hunting: The Anthropology of Survival
Saturday, November 9th @ 10am-3pm

Spears, Arrows, and a keen eye! Humans living off the land need amazing skills to survive! Hunting is critical for meat to eat, and skins, bones and more for clothing and tools. Everything had an important role!

DON'T FORGET!
Art of Hunting: Youth Class
Monday, November 11th @ 9am-11:30am & 12:30pm-3pm

YOU are the key to your survival! Join us for some special learning at the museum. School’s out on Monday November 11th, but Burpee is OPEN for an exploration of early humans and scientific fun! Create your own animal myth art, and put your hunting and tracking skills to the test with traditional Native American games. Do you have what it takes to survive? Full day and half day options are available.

Nature is amazing!  It is found that the salamander’s cannibal morphs appear more commonly in crowed ponds as a result o...
11/01/2019

Nature is amazing! It is found that the salamander’s cannibal morphs appear more commonly in crowed ponds as a result of chemical stimuli related to the presence of other salamanders, which emit pheromones. More concentrated amounts signal a higher population density then encourages development of cannibal morphs. Check this out!

“Good evening, Clarice…”

Did you know that cannibalism is relatively common in eastern tiger salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum)? In fact, distinct “cannibal” morphs can appear four weeks after hatching in the larval stage, with these individuals displaying larger, sharper teeth, wider heads, and an aggressive demeanor.

While us humans may find this behavior terrifyingly taboo, there is strong evolutionary logic behind this phenomenon. Crowded ponds will produce more cannibal morphs, which feed almost exclusively on non-relative salamanders. Thus, the competitive edge given by the practice of cannibalism means that these individuals and their relatives are more likely to survive to reproductive age.

Photo Credit: Peter Paplanus
Figure Credit: Francis Rose and D. Armentrout

***EDIT: The figure used is from a 1976 paper. The salamander depicted has since been reclassified as Ambystoma mavortium, the western tiger salamander. Cannibalism is more common in this species than in Ambystoma tigrinum.

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!Need volunteer hours for school? Want to help your community? Burpee needs you Saturday, November...
10/31/2019

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!
Need volunteer hours for school? Want to help your community?
Burpee needs you Saturday, November 9th for Art of Hunting!
Morning and afternoon shifts are available!
Contact [email protected] for more information!

10/30/2019
Three Lizards

Learn about THREE different lizards you will be able to find at Burpee Museum of Natural History. Come check these guys out before December!

Burpee Needs YOU! Volunteer @ BurpeeBurpee has a wide variety of opportunities from special event set up, to docent and ...
10/30/2019

Burpee Needs YOU! Volunteer @ Burpee
Burpee has a wide variety of opportunities from special event set up, to docent and helper at the museum, to education programming, to animal care, to painting and setting up exhibits. Burpee's Team will learn about what your interests are…and match you to programming that will be exciting for you.

Want to offer your help with painting, replacing light bulbs, or other helpful tasks to make Burpee Beautiful? Email [email protected] what you would like to help. With multiple buildings, some that were built in the mid 1800's, we always have a long list of needed maintenance!

Dates Needed:
EVERYDAY : Live Reptile Docents
Saturday, Nov. 9: Art of Hunting
Monday, Dec. 30: Set-up for New Year's Around the World
Tuesday, Dec. 31: New Year's Around the World

Click Here to see Burpee's Volunteer Calendar & Sign Up!
http://www.burpee.org/volunteer-at-burpee/

Burpee is excited our own Dan Large will be a speaker at Northwest Illinois Rock Club’s 2019JEWELRY, GEM, FOSSIL & MINER...
10/29/2019

Burpee is excited our own Dan Large will be a speaker at Northwest Illinois Rock Club’s 2019

JEWELRY, GEM, FOSSIL & MINERAL SHOW!

Consider Attending...BUT NOT WITHOUT FIRST ATTENDING ART OF HUNTING AT BURPEE!! (Throw a tomahawk, shoot an arrow, learn the art of human hunting from days long ago! November 9th @ 10-3pm. Attend our "Art in the Family" Holiday Art Show in the Lower Level while you are here)

Here is the Freeport Show information:

NOVEMBER 9th & 10th FREEPORT, ILLINOIS

Saturday, November 9th from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Sunday, November 10th from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

HIGHLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUS

Student Conference Center / Parking Lot A 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, Illinois 61032

Speaker list for NWIRC Rock and Gem Show November 9-10 2019

Saturday Nov. 9

10 am Rhiannon LeVine - Ph.D. Candidate Department of Geophysical Sciences University of Chicago

Topic : “Cambrian Beasts and Where to Find Them”

1 pm Paul Sipiera - Planetary Studies Foundation

Topic: Meteorites

Sunday Nov. 10

11 am Teresa Marche -

Topic: Fluorescent Rocks and the Sterling Hill, New Jersey, Mine

1 pm Dan Large - Fossil Preparator and Collections Assistant

Burpee Museum of Natural History

Topic: Why Paleontology

PaleoFest 2020Burpee Museum wants to get YOU excited about PaleoFest! Paleo Passports, family lectures, family workshops...
10/26/2019

PaleoFest 2020

Burpee Museum wants to get YOU excited about PaleoFest! Paleo Passports, family lectures, family workshops, research lectures, and much more all at PaleoFest 2020.
Save the Date: March 6th-8th 2020

Middle and High Schoolers from Keith Country Day School are having an amazing week at Burpee! Our team is thrilled to ha...
10/22/2019

Middle and High Schoolers from Keith Country Day School are having an amazing week at Burpee! Our team is thrilled to have these students as our guests learning about museum management, biology collections, Taxadermy, research, entomology, how to collect, pin and preserve insects, paleontology at Burpee’s two major dig sites, key scientific specimens and even a chance to prepare fossils. Tomorrow: River ecology, native plants, and a chance to get in the Rock River in Burpee’s AquaAerobics Water Lab.

ZooBabies: Follow Your Nose! Hey Little Lizard…what do you smell?Tuesday, October 22 @ 11am-12pmWednesday, October 23 @ ...
10/21/2019

ZooBabies: Follow Your Nose!
Hey Little Lizard…what do you smell?

Tuesday, October 22 @ 11am-12pm
Wednesday, October 23 @ 9:30am-10:30am
The classes are designed to begin animal explorations with preschool students. Perfect the young child We welcome children ages 6 and under. All 2-year-old and younger children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults are not required to attend classes for 3- to 6-year olds but are welcome, and encouraged, to observe and participate in the class.
For Registration Call: 815-965-3433 or register online
Cost: Nonmembers $12/ Members $10

Art of Hunting Youth ClassMonday, November 11th, 2019 @ 9am-3pmWould you Survive?YOU are the key to your survival! Join ...
10/19/2019

Art of Hunting Youth Class
Monday, November 11th, 2019 @ 9am-3pm

Would you Survive?
YOU are the key to your survival! Join us for some special learning at the museum. School’s out on Monday November 11th, but Burpee is OPEN for an exploration of early humans and scientific fun! Create your own animal myth art, and put your hunting and tracking skills to the test with traditional Native American games. Do you have what it takes to survive? Full day and half day options are available.

call 815-965-3433 or go to shopburpee.org/classes to register

10/18/2019
97ZOK

We always have fun when we hang out with Michelle and the team at 97ZOK

Anne came in for the Corporate Takeover today... and brought some friends from Burpee Museum of Natural History!

Cool article featuring our own Educator Lisa Johnson...and a photo of Burpee’s parking lot gardens of Native Plants.
10/18/2019
To Bring Back Birds, Lose The Lawn And Plant Native Species

Cool article featuring our own Educator Lisa Johnson...and a photo of Burpee’s parking lot gardens of Native Plants.

Wild Ones of the Rock River Valley and Natural Land Institute (NLI) have partnered to help people create yards that are environmentally friendly. Zach

Dinner With Dino's Date: Friday, October 25Time: 1:00pm-8:00pmWhere: IHOP 6960 Argus Drive, Rockford, ILEnjoy a meal at ...
10/18/2019

Dinner With Dino's
Date: Friday, October 25
Time: 1:00pm-8:00pm
Where: IHOP 6960 Argus Drive, Rockford, IL
Enjoy a meal at IHOP and raise money for a NEW Jurassic Exhibit at Burpee Museum! Dine anytime from 1:00pm-8:00pm and a portion of your total bill is donated to Burpee Museum. Attendees will be entered in a drawing for prizes from cool gift shop swag to a Burpee Museum Family Membership...you must dine at IHOP on October 25 to be entered!

Click on the link below to RSVP!
https://www.groupraise.com/events/107564

Art of Hunting: The Anthropology of SurvivalSaturday, November 9th 2019 @ 10am-3pmGeneral Public: $10 Adults/ $8 Childre...
10/16/2019

Art of Hunting: The Anthropology of Survival
Saturday, November 9th 2019 @ 10am-3pm
General Public: $10 Adults/ $8 Children Burpee Museum Members: FREE

Spears, arrows, atlatls, and a keen eye! Early humans needed to be amazingly skilled just to survive. Hunting at this time is all about survival from the meat to the skin to the bones...everything has an important role. Grab an ancient tool and try your hand at the methods of prehistoric hunters, and early humans. From spear throwing to fishing lure design, your skills made the difference between your healthy brain and body development, and your hunger or illness. Learn about atlatls--a weapon that changed the world! Would you have faced similar colds and flu? What ancient remedies could you have used? How would you stay warm in the winter?

Let’s find out...would you survive? Play games to test your survival skills, watch a flintknapper make spear points, bring in your own artifacts and have them identified by an expert. This awesome day of anthropology will bring you closer to your ancestors of the past.

Explore, create, and learn at the Burpee Museum of Natural History! Learn about reptiles survival techniques that make t...
10/13/2019

Explore, create, and learn at the Burpee Museum of Natural History! Learn about reptiles survival techniques that make them so unique. See Jane, a juvenile T. rex, the most complete and best preserved in the WORLD! Sit alongside paleontologists as they prepare the next amazing dino fossil find!
Open Monday-Sunday 10am-5pm
General Admission $10 Adults/$8 Children;
Burpee Members get in FREE all year long!
Join the #Burpee Family
Did you know October is First Responder Month at Burpee? Get your coupon in through the photo in this post OR Learn more at Burpee.org

Need a unique gift? Need to renew your membership?  We are excited to announce: Burpee Museum is now opening an online s...
10/12/2019

Need a unique gift? Need to renew your membership? We are excited to announce: Burpee Museum is now opening an online store for The Collectors Shop! Here you can renew memberships, pick up amazing gifts, and even register for classes..

Try it now at www.shopburpee.org

Burpee Museum is celebrating National Fossil Day tomorrow from 10am-4pm. There will be passport stations throughout the ...
10/11/2019

Burpee Museum is celebrating National Fossil Day tomorrow from 10am-4pm. There will be passport stations throughout the museum highlighting different fossils with activities at several of them. Come see many of the museum's fossils that are rarely seen on display, including Jane's real skull, our newest allosaurus, mazon creek specimens, a dire wolf skull and more! We hope to see you here!!!

SCIENCE EXPLORERS: Kids will crack open the mysteries of how amphibians and reptiles see and examine how our human eyes ...
10/11/2019

SCIENCE EXPLORERS: Kids will crack open the mysteries of how amphibians and reptiles see and examine how our human eyes are different from the rest of the animal kingdom. Did you know reptiles see ultraviolet light? What about infrared? They see things humans can not...lets figure out what. Explorers will be in the exhibit studying special features of amphibians and reptiles sight, in the classroom exploring animal features and even dissect an animal eye!

October 12 @ 1-2pm

Classes are on the 2nd Saturdays @ 1-2:30
For ages 6 and UP. Adult participation is encouraged but not required.
Pre-registration and payment is required.
Call or go online to register.
Fees: $18 per participant members, $20 per participant non members

Schools Out...Burpee’s In: Fossils & Rocks Youth ClassMonday, October 14th, 2019 @ 9am-3pmHalf Day & Full Day Options av...
10/10/2019

Schools Out...Burpee’s In: Fossils & Rocks Youth Class
Monday, October 14th, 2019 @ 9am-3pm
Half Day & Full Day Options available

Rocks really Rock! Fossils are Fantastic! Join us for some special learning at the museum. School’s out on Monday October 14th, but Burpee is OPEN for a fossil and rock fun Workshop for Kids! Examine dinosaur bones and work on your rock collection with a Burpee expert! Enjoy learning about our Ordovician Sea, create your own Trilobite “Fossils!” Use clues found within rocks of Northern Illinois to reconstruct our environment millions of years ago.
Call 815-965-3433 or go to burpee.org/national-fossil-day-bupree/ to register.

Date: Monday, October 14th 2019
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Cost: General Public: $16 for half day $32 for full day; Museum Members: $10 for half day $20 for full day

National Fossil Day Celebration Saturday, October 12th @ 10am-4pmBurpee Museum’s MILLION year old fossils “come alive” a...
10/07/2019

National Fossil Day Celebration
Saturday, October 12th @ 10am-4pm

Burpee Museum’s MILLION year old fossils “come alive” at the celebration of all organisms preserved from the distant past! Arrive anytime during our event, and explore the museum’s extra displays and activities! Come face to face with special ancient organisms, dinosaurs, local fossils, new finds from the 2019 field season, and even Jane’s skull!

Special Explorers Class @1pm: Exploring Sight
Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/explore-sight-tickets-70394410577

Don’t miss: Fossils & Rocks Youth Class!!
Monday, October 14th @ 9am-3pm
Come join our team for a day all about
fossils and rocks. Examine dinosaur bones and work on your rock
collection with Burpee experts! Register online or call: 815.965.3433
ZooBabies (6 & Under) & Explorers Options (6 & UP)
1/2 Day Class: Members $10 Public $16 | Full Day Class: $20/$32

Have a gal who loves nature? Spots still open for tomorrow’s girls in science program!! It’s going to be fun! Saturday 1...
10/04/2019
Girls In Science - Burpee Museum of Natural History

Have a gal who loves nature? Spots still open for tomorrow’s girls in science program!! It’s going to be fun! Saturday 10am-2pm

http://www.burpee.org/girls-in-science/

Girls In Science Program Super Saturday Science. Calling all Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls…and any girls ready to get up to their elbows in science! Spark your young scientist’s curiosity and creativity with this hand-on workshop series designed to bring more girls into the fields of scie...

Congratulations Eric & Jodi Steiner!  They were celebrating their love with a wedding at Burpee Museum this weekend. Her...
10/01/2019

Congratulations Eric & Jodi Steiner! They were celebrating their love with a wedding at Burpee Museum this weekend. Here they are getting a hug from Freddy, our Reticulated Python, a snake species in the family Pythonidae native to South and Southeast Asia.
Photographer - Ryan Davis

National Fossil Day Celebration!Saturday October 12 @ 10:00am-4:00pm Burpee Museum’s MILLION year old fossils “come aliv...
10/01/2019

National Fossil Day Celebration!
Saturday October 12 @ 10:00am-4:00pm

Burpee Museum’s MILLION year old fossils “come alive” at the celebration of all organisms preserved from the distant past! Arrive anytime during our event, and explore the museum’s extra displays and activities!

Come face to face with special ancient organisms, dinosaurs, local fossils, new finds from the 2019 field season, and even Jane’s skull!

Address

737 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL
61103

The Rockford Mass Transit Bus #14, N. Main line, stops near the front of the museum. Visit http://www.rmtd.org/where.php for more information.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(815) 965-3433

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