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Cranbrook Institute of ScienceApril 2012
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As we celebrate spring, learning to be "greener" in our daily lives seems to be especially appropriate. As part of our Spring Break festivities the week of April 2-6, Science of Green activities will help visitors discover ways to help make their daily lives more Earth friendly.


Later in the month offers the chance to venture into collections at Cranbrook, or soar into space as we present a look at some of the treasures of the Institute and celebrate International Astronomy Day. Part of the Behind the Scenes series, Digging into the Past: The Archaeology Collections of Cranbrook Institute of Science is one of the tours offered across campus. These truly unique experiences are an excellent way to learn more about the Cranbrook Community.


Finally, spring leads to summer which means camp time is approaching! Our Harry Potter II camp is now full but we still have a few spaces left in Harry Potter themed camp. Our camps are booking up faster this year than the last few previous so register soon.  


We hope to see at the institute during Spring Break!


Go Science!

Spring Break at the Institute Reveals The Science of Green

Demonstrations about sustainability and alternative energy, special activities and more are on the agenda during Spring Break Week April 2-6. From 1-4pm each day, visitors will have a chance to learn how they can help make their daily lives more Earth friendly, explore local eco-friendly resources and organizations, and gather takeaways to inspire year-round. Animals from the Bat Zone will visit the Institute and daily planetarium and bat shows will be offered. On Friday, April 6 at 1:30 and 2:30pm, a special raptor presentation and "Greet the raptor" event will cap the week's events! All activities except Bat Zone and planetarium shows are free with admission.


Dr. Satfford Reveals Institute Treasures 

On Tuesday, April 17, at 6:30pm, Institute Director Dr. Michael Stafford will examine the cultural collections held by the Institute of Science in Digging into the Past: The Archaeology Collections of Cranbrook Institute of Science. From Inca gold to

prehistoric ceramics to stone tools and more, the Institute's archaeology collections are of extraordinary quality and depth. The Institute's very best artifacts will be available for inspection as part of this program. Part of the Behind the Scenes tours throughout the Cranbrook Community, Digging into the Past offers an opportunity to learn more about the art, science and history of Cranbrook. Other Behind the Scenes tours include a campus tour led by the director of the Cranbook Art Academy and a look at the Arts & Crafts influences at Cranbrook House. Tickets are $30 per person or $20 per person for Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook Institute of Science or Cranbrook House and Gardens Members. Space for each event is limited so pre-registration is required. Register online at or by calling 248 645.3210.


Journey Into Space During International Astronomy Day      

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Visit the Institute to explore the outer limits through the exciting field of Astronomy on Saturday, April 28 from 1-4pm. Join Cranbrook astronomers and the Warren Astronomical Society for hands-on telescope use, or witness the dazzling wonders of the cosmos in the New Acheson Planetarium!  This is also an excellent opportunity to see the observatory before it closes in June for renovation. Expected to re-open later this summer, the upgrades include three new telescopes, architectural changes in the viewing space, a new dome, and compatibility with the planetarium to create an experience unparalleled anywhere in the Midwest when the observatory re-opens in late summer. All International Astronomy Day events except planetarium programs are free with museum admission.

Summer Camp at Cranbrook Institute of Science!


Summer Explorer Camp at the Institute of Science is marked by the return of Harry Potter and a new camp that invites the technologically curious camper to "Hack this camp!" Popular summer camp classics such as Explorer Camps and Museum Boot Camp return to offer Campers ages 4-14 the chance to utilize Cranbrook's 319-acre "outdoor laboratory" and the resources of a museum to discover science and create a lifetime of memories and learning experiences.


Registration for week-long camps that run June 11 through August 20 has begun. To review camp selections visit here or call 248 645.3210 for a 2012 Summer Explorer Camp Guide.
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