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July 2011
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Member Shopping Days
One Dime at a Time
Daily Summer Planetarium and Bat Programs
Summer Evening Bat Walks
Summer Camp
Summer Group Programs
Summer Birthday Parties
CIS Membership
Become a Member

Annual Fund

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Member Shopping Days!
From July 8-10, Institute Members receive 20% off all in-store purchases at the Science Shop. This is double the normal Shop discount! The Science Shop is open Mon.-Thurs. 11am-4pm; Fri. 11am-9pm; Sat. 11am-4pm, and Sun. Noon-4pm.

Summer! Does any other season carry as many connotations or hold as many memories? At the Institute, summer means science--indoors and out. Just a few weeks ago, we completed a walking tour of the water features on campus as part of the Behind the Scenes at Cranbrook series, and we are about to complete our first-ever guide to the Erb Family Science Garden. This guide will help visitors identify the native plants found in the garden and can serve as a resource for those who want to create a garden of native plants at home. The guide will be available by mid-July. Take a walk outside at the Institute this summer!

When the heat strikes, there is lots to do indoors as well. A full daily planetarium and bat program schedule begins July 5. Preview trailers online and don't forget the observatory is open every Fri. night from 8:30 to 10pm.

Dozens of campers swarm the Institute inside and out daily, digging for fossils, launching potatoes and water bottle rockets, chasing butterflies, playing in the river, and doing the things kids have always done to celebrate the season. Within the next few weeks, campers will enter Museum Boot Camp (we're still recruiting) and camper muggles will immerse themselves in our Harry Potter-Themed Camp! Camp continues until the week of Aug. 22.

Please note we will be closed on Monday July 4. We wish you a very happy Independence Day!

Go Science!
Metro Detroit Whole Foods Market "One Dime at a Time"

Recycle 600Cranbrook Institute of Science is teaming with three Metro Detroit Whole Foods Market stores to raise funds for the Institute while helping customers "go green" through Whole Foods' "One Dime at a Time" program which credits customers ten cents for each shopping bag they bring to Whole Foods for reuse. From July 1 through Sept. 30, 2011, customers can donate their ten cent refund to Cranbrook Institute of Science by telling the checkout cashier that they want their dimes to go to the Institute. Participating Whole Foods Market Locations include: Rochester Hills at 2918 Walton Blvd.; Troy at 2880 W. Maple Rd.; and West Bloomfield at 7350 Orchard Lake Rd. This program is a great opportunity to support Cranbrook and the environment while building on your reuse habit!
Daily Summer Planetarium and Bat Programs Now Available

SpaceRegular full-schedule weekday public planetarium and bat programs start July 5 and continue through Sept. 2. Planetarium programs are offered daily at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm. There are no programs at 11:30am and 3:30pm on Sundays. Programs include popular all-ages classics like Michigan Sky Tonight and Seven Wonders, and child friendly programs such as One world, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure. Visits to the Bat Zone offer the chance to observe the creatures of the night. Vampire bats, sugar gliders and a sloth are part of this unique experience. Daily programs are available at 12:30 and 2:30pm. Preview planetarium program trailers and read more about Bat Zone tours on our website.

Summer Evening Bat Walks Return

Bat Upside DownEvery Friday through September 2, experts from the Bat Zone will conduct evening walks at Cranbrook to study bats and their habitats. Visitors will wander through the trails and woodland paths to see some of Cranbrook's bat houses, discuss bat feeding habits, where they live and how they benefit humans, and search the night sky for some of the bats living on campus. Tour times are at 9pm each Friday, through the end of July and then vary in August depending upon nightfall. Each walk is limited to fifteen people each. Tickets are $4 for the general public and $3 for CIS and OBC Members.  More information.


Summer Camp Offers Unique Experiences   

Summer Camp RunnerSummer Camp at the Institute of Science includes experiences inside the Museum and outside on Cranbrook's 319-acre "outdoor laboratory." New camps this year include Museum Boot Camp in which 6-8 graders learn through actual experience what it takes to run a museum. Campers will help prep fossils, go into the storage vaults to see the entire mineral collection at Cranbrook, and finish the week by experiencing the world of a Ph.D. field archaeologist. The new Harry Potter-Themed Science Camp for 5-8 graders proved so popular the Institute has added a second session Aug. 15-19. Professors from the Cranbrook Institute of "Nature and Methodology" will explore the science behind the Harry Potter series of books and movies in this interdisciplinary camp that incorporates math, science, physical education and more. For the kid who loves to be outside, Outdoor Explorer reveals how challenging living in the wild can be through activities such as tracking animals, plant identification, archery, canoeing and more.  Camp at Cranbrook runs though the end of August.

To review camp selection for summer 2011 click here.

Summer Group Programs Available Through Labor Day     

Grandfather and ChildThe Institute of Science offers a discounted admission and program rate throughout the summer for groups of twenty or more. Starting at just $7 per child, and $9.50 per adult, fees include Museum admission and choice of either a bat or planetarium program. Groups of twenty to thirty-five may also purchase tickets to any regularly scheduled public planetarium program subject to availability. For details about Summer Group Programs visit our website or call 248 645.3210.
Party like it's 250,000,000 BCE! 

Party DinoPlanning a summer birthday party? The Institute of Science offers a unique setting for a birthday party with ready-made educational fun built in! We have a limited number of spaces for up to twenty children available Saturday. and Sunday throughout the year. Each birthday party package includes private use of one of the Institute's Science Labs for up to two hours, access to museum exhibits and any free programs occurring the day of the party and a special Institute of Science gift for the birthday child.  To review party details, check out our website or call 248 645.3210.
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.