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Cranbrook Institute of ScienceMay 2012
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Members-Save an additional 10% in the Science Shop May 18-20!

Members, present a printed copy of the coupon below and receive an additional 10% discount on your purchase for a full 20% savings!


Must be presented at the time of purchase.  Cannot be combined with other offers. Does not apply to online purchases. 





Ducklings in the flow pools, a robin and a dove nesting on our window sills, trillium in full-flower; spring has, without question, arrived at the Institute.  The wildlife on campus leave us with a heightened awareness of how inextricably intertwined humans and animals are, in even the most urban areas.  Most of the time this is a pleasant reminder that we can coexist with nature, but it's not always as easy as nesting birds or gardening using indigenous plants.

Our lecture series this month takes a look at a less peaceable incident of people versus nature than those we usually encounter in our yards and gardens. That is, the threat of the Asian Carp entering the Great Lakes and wreaking havoc on the Lakes' ecosystems. Jim Ridgway of Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. will walk us through the story of the Asian Carp, and what we can do to help contain its spread on Thursday, May 24.  This lecture is a wonderful example of what we strive to do-offer our visitors and Members; relevant scientific information that relates to their daily lives. Please plan to join us.

We also hope you will consider us a part of your summer recreation plans whether it's for camp, a visit with out-of-town guests, or a chance to immerse yourself in nature.

Please note the Institute will be closed the following days: Memorial Day; Saturday, June 9; and Friday, June 22 after 5pm.  In addition the observatory is closed this summer for exciting upgrades and changes. We will share details as we lead up to the re-opening of this iconic Cranbrook resource in the fall. 

Go Science!

Turning the Chicago River Around to Keep Asian Carp Out of the Great Lakes

Asian Carp

One hundred years ago, the solution to eliminating wastewater from entering the Chicago drinking water was to turn around the Chicago River. At the time it was considered an engineering wonder. Since then, it has been managed as an open sewer used to discharge treated wastewater and transport barges. Now, in an effort to protect the Great Lakes from the threat of the Asian Carp, many want the watersheds divided and major investments made to restore water quality, improve flood control and better posiļæ½tion the Great Lakes for water transportation in 21st century.  On May, 24 at 7pm, Jim Ridgway of Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. will explain why the most effective way to protect the Great Lakes from Asian Carp is to return the natural divides.  Admission to this lecture is free but seating is on a first come, first seated basis and is limited to 190. Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT) is an employee owned consulting firm specializing in the resolution of complex environmental issues through cost-effective project planning, management, and applied engineering and scientific expertise. ECT's professional scientists and engineers listen to our clients' specific needs and develop a sound technical understanding prior to designing solutions. For more information on the findings detailed in this lecture visit

Earthquakes Come to the Institue 


Explore the New Madrid Seismic Zone using Our Active Earth, a new interactive kiosk exhibit in the Institute's Every Rock Has a Story gallery. The New Madrid Seismic Zone stretches for 150 miles from Cairo, Illinois to Marked Tree, Arkansas, and includes earthquake hazard zones equivalent to certain areas of California!  Between 1811 and 1812, more than 2,000 earthquakes were felt in this mid-continent earthquake zone. These earthquakes produced permanent changes over more than 10,000 square kilometers. Among the changes left behind were Tennessee's largest natural lake and sand blows still visible today!  Visitors use touch screens to read eyewitness accounts of the magnitude, intensity and damage, learn about the geology of the zone, discover maps of the area, and study the most recent research available about the region today. Although most people do not think of the Midwest United States as an earthquake zone, the information outlined is a good reminder that the earth is a living, ever-shifting place. Our Active Earth is free with museum admission.

Summer Camp at Cranbrook Institute of Science!


Summer CampSummer 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.
Annual Fund Giving Keeps Science Alive in Michigan!
As we approach the end of our fiscal year, we hope you will consider the Institute's Annual Fund as part of your tax and giving plans for 2012. The Institute team shares the science and wonder of the museum's educational assets with nearly 200,000 children and adults each year, both at the museum and throughout reach programs. Your Membership support allows us to protect and showcase our vast collection and deliver relevant science programs to future scientists. We thank you because without your support, what we do would not be possible. Annual Giving to the Institute gives you the power to touch every aspect of the museum you love.  Whether it's providing outreach programs across the state, free admission for new audiences, or special programs that inspire young minds, your Annual Fund Gift makes a powerful impact. Every gift, no matter the size, has a positive impact across the state of Michigan. On behalf of the museum's staff, board, volunteers, and the thousands of people we serve, thank you!

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Save 10% 
Members, present a printed copy of this coupone and receive an additional 10% discount on your purchase for a full 20% savings!

Must be presented at the time of purchase.  Cannot be combined with other offers. Does not apply to online purchases.
Offer Expires: May 20