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August 2010
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Summer Camp
Second Saturday Science
Planetarium & Bat Programs
Bats Fly!
Summer Camp
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Have the end of summer blues set in?  Summer Camp at the Institute of Science offers kids 4-14 the opportunity to study nature and science using Cranbrook Institute of Science and the 319-acre Cranbrook campus as their laboratory! All camps are taught by Institute Educators and before- and after-care is offered! Visit our website at or call 248 645.3210 to review camps offered or to receive a copy of our Camp Guide.


Members, purchase one camp and get a second camp of equal or lesser value at 50% off, subject to availability. Not a Member? Now is a great time to purchase a membership to take advantage of this offer and enjoy an entire year special events and offers at the Institute of Science. Click here for membership levels.

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Summer is winding down. Why not escape the heat and spend a day at the Institute of Science?   Daily bat and planetarium programs and the World of Dinosaurs exhibit make for a perfect family day out for all ages. Free admission for active military personnel and their families to Cranbrook Institute of Science and Cranbrook Art Museum's Saarinen House continues through Sept. 5 as part of the National Endowment for the Arts' Blue Star Museums Program offering Any
World of Dinosaurs: Land, Sea and Air opened last month and is already one of the Institute's most popular temporary exhibitions in years!  This experience takes visitors back to the Mesozoic Era and allows them to wander among the dinosaurs and flying reptiles of the Late Jurassic and Cretaceous time period. You'll never get this close to a T. rex ever again!
On Saturday, Aug. 14, visitors will have the chance to enter the world of the paleontologist by helping extract actual dinosaur bones during the Institute's Second Saturday Science Event from 1-4. This workshop experience takes place on-site in the World of Dinosaurs exhibit.    
Through Sept. 3, the Bat Zone continues its Members only bat walks of Cranbrook's campus every Friday night.  Can't make it to Cranbrook?  The bats are making a special appearance in Farmington Hills later this month. Look for details about this unique event in this newsletter.  
Finally, please note, the Institute of Science will be closed to the public starting Labor Day and will remain closed until Mon, Sept. 13.
Go Science!
Second Saturday Science Series Presents Dino Prep Lab

Dino Prep LabVisitors to the Institute of Science will have the opportunity to help excavate and conserve actual dinosaur bones when the Institute's Second Saturday Science Series presents a Dino Prep Lab on Aug. 14 from 1-4pm.  Using the tools of a paleontologist, museum visitors will work on field-cast specimens to dinosaur bones still embedded in rock in which they were discovered. Second Saturday Science programs are free with admission.  The next Dino Prep Lab is scheduled for Oct. 9 from 1-4pm.
Daily Planetarium and Bat Programs Now Through Labor Day

Planetarium LogoThrough Labor Day, the planetarium and Bat Zone offer programming every day.
Planetarium programs on the half hour starting at 11:30am and Bat Zone tours at 12:30 and 2:30pm offer a fun and educational addition to the museum visit. In the planetarium, visitors can choose a live-narrated sky program, a journey through the cosmos, or one of two programs especially designed to engage a younger audience. In the Bat Zone, go behind the scenes where day and night are reversed to watch while these fascinating animals live, eat and play. Select tours also include the chance to see the vampire bats being fed actual cow's blood!
Planetarium and bat program tickets are $4 general admission; $3 for CIS and OBC members; $1 for children under 2.  Non-Members must also pay museum admission.
Bats Fly Into Land Rover of Farmington Hills

BatsEnter the World of Bats and check out the Land Rover Test Track when the Bat Zone visits Land Rover of Farmington Hills on Aug. 19 from 3 to 8pm.
Visitors to this free event will have the opportunity to learn about bat houses, meet bat authors, and see live bats including local insect-eating Big Brown bats, South American fruit bats, and the giant Malayan flying fox bat with a 6-foot wingspan!  There will also be live nocturnal animal exhibits, educational exhibits, bat-themed activities for kids, and updates on White-nose Syndrome.
Rob Mies, bat conservationist from the Bat Zone at Cranbrook Institute of Science will be on hand to autograph books and answer questions about bats from around the world.
Land Rover of Farmington Hills is located at 38200 Grand River Ave. For more information, visit  
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More than 200,000 visitors flock to Cranbrook Institute of Science each year, making it one of the region's best known museum of natural history.

Founded in 1904 by Detroit philanthropists George and Ellen Booth, Cranbrook is an internationally renowned center for art, education and science located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Cranbrook Institute of Science is an integral part of that community, having served area schoolchildren and families since its creation in 1930.