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.

Today’s PaleoFest 2020 Speaker Spotlight is Jasmina Wiemann, a PhD Candidate from Yale University.Jasmina is a PhD Candi...
02/28/2020

Today’s PaleoFest 2020 Speaker Spotlight is Jasmina Wiemann, a PhD Candidate from Yale University.

Jasmina is a PhD Candidate focusing on Molecular Paleobiology in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University (New Haven, CT). Always excited about the creativity and novelty intrinsic to research in Molecular Paleobiology, she chose to gain a unique academic background by studying Chemistry and Chemical Biology (National Excellence Stipend awarded at age 15; Technical University of Dortmund, Germany), Geosciences (B.Sc.; University of Bonn , Germany), and Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (M.Sc.; University of Bonn, Germany). For her BSc. and MSc. research, she has been working on the colors and patterns of dinosaur eggs, and the mechanisms of soft tissue preservation in deep time. Today, her research employs a variety of high-end analytical techniques from organic chemistry, covers taxonomically the entire tree of life, and uses fossils ranging in age from Cambrian to Recent. She develops and customizes molecular proxies to illuminate the evolution of biomineralization, to place problematic fossils, and to trace the evolution of reproductive and metabolic strategies in extinct animals.

We are very excited to welcome Jasmina to the Burpee Museum for the first time, where she will be speaking about “Pushing the limits of the fossil record: fossil biomolecules reveal the history of animal life”

Her talk will be Sunday afternoon, March 8th at 3:30 pm

PaleoFest 2020 is March 6-8, 2020

For more information and ticket sales for PaleoFest, please visit http://www.burpee.org/paleofest2020main/

It's really happening! Learn more at #PaleoFest2020 Special unveiling at Members Night, Friday, March 6th! Members night...
02/27/2020

It's really happening!
Learn more at #PaleoFest2020 Special unveiling at Members Night, Friday, March 6th! Members night is FREE FOR MEMBERS OF BURPEE. Don't miss this!

Today’s PaleoFest 2020 Speaker Spotlight is Dr. Aina Ramihangihajason, from ExplorerHome Madagascar Science Center.Dr. R...
02/27/2020

Today’s PaleoFest 2020 Speaker Spotlight is Dr. Aina Ramihangihajason, from ExplorerHome Madagascar Science Center.

Dr. Ramihangihajason received his Ph.D. from the University of Antananarivo in 2016. His work focuses on the paleoenvironment of Madagascar during the Miocene through the study of microfossils (Foraminifera), macroinvertebrates (g. Kuphus) and granulometry. He previously held an appointment as an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Palaeontology at the University of Antananarivo. His passion for teaching science to the younger generation led him in 2018 to co-found the NGO ExplorerHome Madagascar Science Center. As the Executive Director of this NGO, he is leading his team to promote science communication and making science accessible to a broad audience.

We are very excited to welcome Dr. Ramihangihajason to the Burpee Museum where he will be speaking about “An overview of the Miocene benthic foraminifera from Nosy Makamby, northwestern Madagascar.”
His talk will be Sunday morning, March 8th at 11:30 am

PaleoFest 2020 is March 6-8, 2020

For more information and ticket sales for PaleoFest, please visit http://www.burpee.org/paleofest2020main/

Today’s PaleoFest 2020 Speaker Spotlight is Dr. Larisa DeSantis, from Vanderbilt University.D Dr. Larisa R.G. DeSantis i...
02/26/2020

Today’s PaleoFest 2020 Speaker Spotlight is Dr. Larisa DeSantis, from Vanderbilt University.

D Dr. Larisa R.G. DeSantis is a vertebrate paleontologist in the Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Vanderbilt University. She earned degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (B.S.), Yale University (M.E.M.), and the University of Florida (Ph.D.). Through the study of fossil mammals, she determines how they responded to ancient climate change, potential reasons why they went extinct, and the long-term consequences of both climate change and large animal extinctions on a diversity of plants and animals—including saber-tooth cats, killer wombats, and Tasmanian wolves. DeSantis is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, conducts research on all continents except Antarctica, and the majority of her work is explicitly aimed at helping conservationists better understand ecosystems—past and present. When DeSantis is not in the laboratory, field, or classroom, she is involved in scientific and public outreach in her local community and as the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) Distinguished Lecturer for North America and member-at-large of the Executive Committee. DeSantis has published more than 50 papers and book chapters, and her work has been featured on Curiosity Stream (Saber-tooth Brawl), National Geographic Wild (Future Cats), the Discovery Channel, numerous radio shows, and has received global news coverage.

We are very excited to welcome Dr. DeSantis to the Burpee Museum for the first time as she will be speaking about: “The Pleistocene's Most Notorious Predators: Decoding the Ecology of Ancient Predators and their Prey” as our Friday, March 6th Members Only Lecture and a separate talk again on Sunday morning at 10:00am

PaleoFest 2020 is March 6-8, 2020

For more information and ticket sales for PaleoFest, please visit http://www.burpee.org/paleofest2020main/

Today’s PaleoFest 2020 Speaker Spotlight is Dr. Hillary Maddin, from Carleton University.Dr. Maddin is an Assistant Prof...
02/19/2020

Today’s PaleoFest 2020 Speaker Spotlight is Dr. Hillary Maddin, from Carleton University.

Dr. Maddin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at Carleton University. She completed her PhD at the University of Calgary and a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University before arriving at Carleton. Hillary’s lab focuses on understanding the origin and evolution of vertebrate morphology, using primarily amphibians as models in her research. In this work, Hillary and her students aim to first describe patterns of morphological evolution as revealed by the fossil record. Annual expeditions to the Carboniferous of Nova Scotia are providing new material for this work. Following this, the process of evolution is sought through analyses of development in living frog and salamander species.

We are very excited to welcome Dr. Maddin to the Burpee Museum for the first time as she will be speaking about: “New insights into evolution of early tetrapods from the Carboniferous of Nova Scotia.”

Her talk will be Sunday, March 8th at 12:00 pm

PaleoFest 2020 is March 6-8, 2020

For more information and ticket sales for PaleoFest, please visit http://www.burpee.org/paleofest2020main/

Today’s PaleoFest 2020 Speaker Spotlight is Mr. Stewart Cook, an undergraduate student from Montana State UniversityStew...
02/18/2020

Today’s PaleoFest 2020 Speaker Spotlight is Mr. Stewart Cook, an undergraduate student from Montana State University

Stew grew up in Dinosaur Country, in Ekalaka Montana. There, he began as a volunteer at the Carter County Museum and is now pursuing a degree in paleontology at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Stew is currently studying amber from the Hell Creek Formation and how the insect communities of the time were affected by the Cretaceous-Paleogene Mass Extinction. He is also interested in methods of displaying amber in exhibition spaces and showing people “why you should care about our six-legged friends.”

Stew has been a great friend and colleague to the Burpee Museum as we work together in the field and we are very excited to welcome him to the Burpee Museum for the first time where he will be speaking about: “Amber of the Hell Creek Formation in southeastern Montana: Paleontology’s new frontier in the Western Interior.”

His talk will be Saturday afternoon, March 7th at 3:00 pm

PaleoFest 2020 is March 6-8, 2020

For more information and ticket sales for PaleoFest, please visit http://www.burpee.org/paleofest2020main/

02/14/2020
Today’s PaleoFest 2020 Speaker Spotlight is Dr. Matt Wedel from Western University of Health SciencesDr. Wedel is a vert...
02/14/2020

Today’s PaleoFest 2020 Speaker Spotlight is Dr. Matt Wedel from Western University of Health Sciences

Dr. Wedel is a vertebrate paleontologist, and his main areas of interest are sauropod dinosaurs and the evolution of pneumatic (air-filled) bones in dinosaurs and birds. He is also interested in the evolution of heads and necks in vertebrates, and in the nervous systems of very large animals. He’s been fortunate to coauthor three papers naming new dinosaurs: the sauropods Sauroposeidon (2000) and Brontomerus (2011), and the early horned dinosaur Aquilops (2014). He is currently an Associate Professor at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, where he teaches gross anatomy. In 2016 his book "The Sauropod Dinosaurs: Life in the Age of Giants", with artist and lead author Mark Hallett, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

In his spare time he enjoys stargazing, and writes the monthly Binocular Highlight column and the occasional feature article for Sky & Telescope magazine.

We are very excited to welcome Dr. Wedel to the Burpee Museum for the first time where he will be speaking about: “In the Footsteps of Giants: Finding and Excavating New Fossils of Brachiosaurus from the Lower Morrison Formation in Utah”
His talk will be Sunday morning, March 8th at 10:30 am

PaleoFest 2020 is March 6-8, 2020

For more information and ticket sales for PaleoFest, please visit http://www.burpee.org/paleofest2020main/

Don't miss Burpee Donation Date, Friday, February 14th! Donation Day: FREE ADMISSION with your choice of donation, enjoy...
02/07/2020

Don't miss Burpee Donation Date, Friday, February 14th!

Donation Day: FREE ADMISSION with your choice of donation, enjoy a scavenger hunt, and an open PaleoLab window! Burpee Museum wants to spread the love this Valentine's Day! At the end of your adventure, turn your scavenger hunt into the front desk and receive a heartfelt prize!

Let’s kick off our PaleoFest 2020 daytime Speaker Spotlight series with Dr. Susie Maidment from the Natural History Muse...
02/06/2020

Let’s kick off our PaleoFest 2020 daytime Speaker Spotlight series with Dr. Susie Maidment from the Natural History Museum London.

Dr. Maidment is a Researcher and Curator of Reptiles at the Natural History Museum, London. Her research focuses on the evolution and palaeobiology of the ‘bird-hipped’ ornithischian dinosaurs and, in particular, the armoured stegosaurs. A major focus of her recent research has been bias in the fossil record, and she uses the rocks of the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation, USA, as a case study to investigate how we can understand patterns of biodiversity through space and time even though the fossil record is far from complete. She lives in the famous Wealden basin of southern England, from whose rocks Gideon Mantell discovered the first dinosaur fossils, recognised anywhere in the world. She has several ongoing research projects, which aim to better understand and characterise the dinosaurs from the Wealden, and the environments and ecosystems in which they lived. “This is my first visit to PaleoFest, and I’m delighted to be here. “

We are very excited to welcome Dr. Maidment to the Burpee Museum for the first time as she will be speaking about: “The stegosaurian dinosaurs”

Her talk will be Saturday morning, March 7th at 9:30am

PaleoFest 2020 is March 6-8, 2020

For more information and ticket sales for PaleoFest, please visit http://www.burpee.org/paleofest2020main/

February is Heart Healthy Month.  Explore Hearts! Saturday, February 8th @ 1:00-2:30Did you know that you can actually e...
02/03/2020

February is Heart Healthy Month.
Explore Hearts!
Saturday, February 8th @ 1:00-2:30
Did you know that you can actually examine a heart, cut into it and see what makes it work under the direction of a Rockford physician and Rockford School of Medicine students, Brian Foster from Ortho Illinois will be the doctor leading the dissection.
You will have your own pork heart to dissect. You will see the chambers of the heart and how the muscle pumps blood to all parts of the body.

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

Wow! Crocodile faces are more sensitive than human fingertips:"Of all the adjectives you could use to describe a crocodi...
01/30/2020

Wow! Crocodile faces are more sensitive than human fingertips:

"Of all the adjectives you could use to describe a crocodile’s face, “sensitive” might not be an obvious one. But their huge jaws, pointed teeth and armoured scales belie a surprising secret. Their faces, and possibly their entire bodies, are covered with tiny bumps that are far more sensitive than our own fingertips..."

Read the full article (from 2012) at http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2012/11/08/crocodile-faces-are-more-sensitive-than-human-fingertips/#.V04ESpErKhc.

Photo: Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) © Matěj Baťha

Crocodiles are very sensitive. They're even much more sensitive than alligators. What are we talking about? Read and learn.

Crocodile faces are more sensitive than human fingertips:

"Of all the adjectives you could use to describe a crocodile’s face, “sensitive” might not be an obvious one. But their huge jaws, pointed teeth and armoured scales belie a surprising secret. Their faces, and possibly their entire bodies, are covered with tiny bumps that are far more sensitive than our own fingertips..."

Read the full article (from 2012) at http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2012/11/08/crocodile-faces-are-more-sensitive-than-human-fingertips/#.V04ESpErKhc.

Photo: Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) © Matěj Baťha

Gear Up For PaleoFest!Come to PaleoFest prepared with your limited edition Tshirt, poster, and PaleoFest Program complet...
01/29/2020

Gear Up For PaleoFest!
Come to PaleoFest prepared with your limited edition Tshirt, poster, and PaleoFest Program complete with information about all the visiting paleontologists, talks, activities and more!

SAVE MONEY with the gear package, buy in advance to skip the lines.

Purchase it HERE https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paleofest-gear-tickets-90328367579

ALL About FeetTuesday, February 4th & Wednesday, February 5th Classes are Tuesday 11:00am-12:00pm and Wednesday 9:30am-1...
01/28/2020

ALL About Feet
Tuesday, February 4th & Wednesday, February 5th

Classes are Tuesday 11:00am-12:00pm and Wednesday 9:30am-10:30am

Zoology is the study of animals. This program focuses on touch, real animals, and exposure that builds new neurons to grows the preschool mind!

For Registration Call: 815-965-3433 or go to www.burpee.org/zoobabies-spring-semester/

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.

Volunteer During PaleoFest 2020!Get Behind the scenes during Burpee's BIGGEST event of the year! PaleoFest 2020 is comin...
01/24/2020

Volunteer During PaleoFest 2020!
Get Behind the scenes during Burpee's BIGGEST event of the year! PaleoFest 2020 is coming to Rockford IL. this March 6th-8th!
This is your chance to get involved and learn about everything Paleontology. Volunteer with your art class and face paint Dinosaurs and Bugs, volunteer at a learning station and teach the community about the wonderful prehistoric land now called Rockford! You will be given all the materials and learning cards so you can share everything you know! The day you are volunteering you will be given one general admission pass and one guest pass for that day!

email [email protected] for more information

PaleoFest 2020 is just around the corner! It's time to begin our Speaker Spotlight series, and why not start off with ou...
01/15/2020

PaleoFest 2020 is just around the corner! It's time to begin our Speaker Spotlight series, and why not start off with our Keynote Dinner Speaker?

The Burpee Museum of Natural history is excited and honored to welcome Dr. Tsiory Andrianavalona. Dr. Andrianavalona is a Malagasy vertebrate paleontologist who studies fossil sharks from Cenozoic deposits of Madagascar and a National Geographic Young Explorer. She received her Doctorate from the University of Antananarivo in 2016. She is the co-founder of the ExplorerHome Madagascar Science Center, a Malagasy NGO working on science education and communication. She strongly believes that invested public involvement in “real” science is a change-making concept. Education is a powerful and promising tool to help shape the next generation of Malagasy people, who will be the decision-makers of tomorrow.

Please join us on the evening of March 7, 2020 for our Keynote Dinner Presentation and help welcome Dr. Andrianavalona to Burpee Museum for our 22nd annual PaleoFest!

For more information about PaleoFest and ticket pricing, please visit http://www.burpee.org/paleofest2020main/

Burpee Museum of Natural History's cover photo
01/12/2020

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PaleoFest 2020 is coming!March 6th-8th Burpee Museum will be overflowing with experts, researchers, and families from al...
01/11/2020

PaleoFest 2020 is coming!

March 6th-8th Burpee Museum will be overflowing with experts, researchers, and families from all over! This event is for Families & Scientist alike! Paleo Passports will be available for you to find your way through the adventures in paleontology.

PaleoFest isn't just dinosaurs, it is EVERYTHING Paleontology! Don't miss the 22nd annual PaleoFest presented by Burpee Museum.

Learn more & purchase tickets by calling 815-965-3433 or go to burpee.org

As of this time: Burpee Museum is Opening Late today.  We plan to be open by 11am. Please use caution as the roads in Ro...
01/11/2020

As of this time: Burpee Museum is Opening Late today. We plan to be open by 11am. Please use caution as the roads in Rockford,IL are extremely icy. Explorers class is currently still open and ready to go at 1pm today. Please check back for updates or call our phones 815-965-3433 for additional information after 10am. Have a safe day!

Explore TouchSaturday, January 11th 2020 @ 1-2:30Enjoy a special class for kids all about how animals hold on in their e...
01/10/2020

Explore Touch
Saturday, January 11th 2020 @ 1-2:30

Enjoy a special class for kids all about how animals hold on in their environment. Grab on to some fun exploration with the animal kingdom. Can you guess who can stick to the wall with little hairs on their feet and who has mucus covered pads to climb the underside of a leaf?

Pre-registration and payment is required.
Call or go online to register.
Fees: $18 per participant members, $20 per participant non members.
For ages 6 and UP. Adult participation is encouraged but not required.

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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

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We at the Native American Awareness Committee are Rebuilding & Recovering following a flood & the loss of Our Founder/Event Coordinator "Mac" Spotted Horse. In True Native Spirit we are Honoring his Memory by Continuing his Dream of Promoting & Educating Native American Culture to Rockford & the Surrounding Areas. We are Returning to Beattie Park for Our 24th Year to Host the Honoring The Mounds Gathering. Honoring Native American Culture & Promoting Awareness of the Significance of the Native Burial Mounds located at Beattie Park. As Always this Family Friendly Event is FREE & Open to the Public Drumming, Dancing, Live Demonstrations, Children's Arts & Crafts, Vendors, Food, Raffles & Much More. Come Join Us to Celebrate Rockford's Rich Native American Culture Past & Present! SATURDAY AUGUST 10TH 10 AM TO 4 PM BEATTIE PARK 400 BLOCK NORTH MAIN STREET ROCKFORD, IL 61107
The SCIENCE of JURASSIC PARK Saturday October 27 at 2-3 PM at Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art [Elmhurst, IL] This unique presentation by Donald Baumgartner, M.S. examines the science facts and myths behind the movies. For optimum experience, watch the movies before coming and bring your fossils for identification after the show. Real dinosaur fossils will be available for sale. Lecture – 2 p.m. – 75 minutes – Ages 10 and Up Fee: $8.00 per person; Museum Members Free Reservations Recommended call the Museum at 630.833.1616 for reservations
Are there any fall or winter classes? The website still only lists summer classes
Good evening! I received a complimentary pack of "Common Milkweed Seeds" this week in the mail. This is exact plant that my girlfriend wants. I want to start the seeds for her, but on the pkge it says "See Burpee.org for more info". Well, I have scoured throughout your website, but to no avail about the Common Milkweed Seeds. Could you please direct me? Thank you! Kathie Klaman
Are you doing caterpillars again this year?
Good day at the museum with Homer
Don't forget to bring in your own artifacts and have them identified by a local expert!
Natural history facebook photo for Burpee Museum of Natural History Your monarch program inspired us to look for caterpillars in our garden. We found a swallowtail caterpillar and raised it by feeding it dill. It hatched from the crysilis and we released it! I wish we could find more, the kids loved this so much!
We think our caterpillar might be eating it's old skin! #BurpeeMuseumMonarchProject
So I do I sign up for the butterfly thing I'd love to take my kids!?!?!
We have a beautiful butterfly!!