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March 2011
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In This Issue
Benefit Days at Borders
Last Call for Maple Breakfast
Lectures Go Behind the Scenes
Discovery Center
CIS Membership
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Annual Fund

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Benefit Days at Borders
Shop Borders from April 1 through April 3 to benefit the Institute! Simply present the voucher found in the winter issue of ScienceScope at any Borders store in Oakland, Macomb or Wayne County and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to the Institute of Science. This offer is valid online April 1-3 using the promotional code: CIOS0401K. If you'd like a copy of the voucher emailed to you, please contact


Celebrate the end of one of the snowiest Februarys on record by joining Cranbrook for one of the surest signs of spring-Maple Festival at the Institute! Cranbrook's staff and volunteers have been collecting sap for the last several weeks and are ready to turn it into the wonder that has been call "liquid gold." Registration closes on March 3 so book now! Family activities, trail walks and a delicious pancake breakfast make this one of the best outdoor events of the season.

Later in the month, indoors, the Institute's popular lecture series presents a guest speaker from the University of Michigan discussing his dinosaur research in India, and our own Geologist John Zawiskie who will open the collection storage area for a look at the wide array of life science specimens in Cranbrook's holdings. Both lectures offer a unique look at life on Earth.

Mark your calendars for April 1-3 when Cranbrook joins Borders for Benefit Shopping Days to raise money for the Institute of Science. We appreciate your participation in this event which will help a struggling Michigan company help us!

Lastly, to get you through the final days of winter, remember there are less than three weeks until spring begins at 7:21pm on March 20.

Go Science!
Last Call for Maple Breakfast and Festival Registration!

MapleRegistration for the 37th Annual Members Only Maple Breakfast and Festival closes at end of day on March 3. Following a pancake breakfast featuring Michigan Maple Syrup, visitors will enjoy tree-tapping demonstrations, nature walks, tree identification and sap boiling at the sugar hut, as well as re-enactors sharing the history of colonial and Native American sugaring processes. Breakfast seatings are available at 9 and 11am. Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for children ages 2-12, and free for children under 2. Tickets include admission to the museum, breakfast and related Festival activities. Preregistration is required. To register, please call 248 645.3245 or here.

If you would like to volunteer to learn how to give a maple trail tour, please contact Steve Pagnani at 248 645.3224 by noon on Friday, March 4.

Lectures Go Behind the Scenes and Into the Past!

ShellsThe Institute lectures series offers the opportunity to explore our prehistoric past or get a glimpse at Cranbrook's life science collection. On March 11 at 7:30pm, Dr. Jeffrey A. Wilson, Museum of Paleontology, University of Michigan, describes his field studies of dinosaurs in India and discusses his research on a remarkable 3.5 meter long Cretaceous snake, Sanajeh indicus, preserved feeding on a sauropod dinosaur hatchling. Tickets are $8 for Members and $10 for non-Members.

Institute Geologist John Zawiskie takes visitors into collections on March 24 at 7pm in The Institute's Wild World. This look at Cranbrook's unique life science collection includes extinct birds, exotic butterflies, plants and other of the Institute's never-before-seen specimens. Tickets are $20 for Members and $30 for non-Members. The Institute's Wild World is part of a six lecture series across Cranbrook's Campus.

Register for either lecture by calling 248 645.3210 or online.
Volunteers needed for Cranbrook's New Discovery Center

Discovery CenterCranbrook Institute of Science is seeking volunteers for its new Discovery Center. The Discovery Center offers an exciting exploratory experience for families with children ages 3-8 through the use of hands-on materials, and objects, including more than a dozen discovery "module" boxes each containing information related to a different area of scientific study. Working with the adult who brings them to the Center, each child selects the module that piques their curiosity. Inside are books, activities, toys and props that encourage the family to explore the topic more thoroughly. Adults are given materials to help guide the child through the experience. Subjects include Touch, Owls, Native Americans, Minerals, Patterns, Egypt, Snakes and more. The Discovery Center is free with admission but in order to operate on a regular basis the Institute needs more volunteer docents. Candidates should be available 1 or 2 times a month for 4 hours on Saturday or Sunday. Responsibilities would include setting up the Center and assisting families in their discovery experience. Knowledge of Science is a plus, but Cranbrook will train volunteers. If you think you'd enjoy working with families in the Discovery Center, please click here.

About Us
More than 200,000 visitors flock to Cranbrook Institute of Science each year, making it one of the region's best-known museums 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.