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Cranbrook Institute of ScienceNovember 2012
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Holidays from the Deep!
Lecture Series
New Hours Offer More Access
Mission to the Abyss
Visit the Science Shop
Gift Memberships and Annual Giving!
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As we approach the end of the year, we hope you will forgive us if it seems cliché to take this opportunity to thank you.  As the theme of gratitude permeates November, the Institute of Science is reminded how grateful it is for its Members and supporters.  Whether through Membership fees or direct donations our supporters have remained steadfast even through the last several years of economic challenge. Clearly you believe in what we do and we deeply appreciate that.  But we are also aware that without you, we can't do what we do or the way in which we do it. Through this organization, you are educating the scientists of tomorrow. You are building awareness of the importance of the Great Lakes and its resources on the world stage. You bring unique science experiences to Southeast Michigan and beyond. We thank you.  Earning your past and continued support is what motivates us in our endeavors.  

Happy Thanksgiving.

We hope to see you at our next Nature Conservancy Lecture on November 15, or during the Thanksgiving break when we take the experience of our Extreme Deep exhibition to a new level with special free activities related to deep sea exploration and conservation on November 23 and 24.

Go Science!

Holidays from the Deep!  

Nov. 23 & 24 * 1- 4pm
Dive deep into fun and excitement this Thanksgiving at the Institute of Science. From Cartesian divers to resurrecting ages old artifacts from the briny depths, there's something for everyone in this holiday event. Learn about electrolysis, buoyancy, remotely operated vehicles and more! Free with admission.


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Lecture Series Presents: Seeing the Forest for the Trees      


The Freshwater Forum at Cranbrook Institute of Science and The Nature Conservancy presents the second lecture in the "What's So Great about the Great Lakes" lecture series on Thursday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. Forest Management Specialist Jon Fosgitt of Compass Land Consultants will share his views on how restoring forest diversity can improve forests, forestry practices, and local economies in Seeing the Forest for the Trees. Each lecture in the series features Nature Conservancy scientists who will cast new light on topics that affect everyone who lives in the Great Lakes' unique ecosystem. Topics include aquatic invasives, land protection, and challenges for migratory birds. Lectures begin with an opportunity to meet the scientist and a Cash Bar at 6:30, followed by a 7:30 p.m. lecture.  


Tickets for each lecture are $10 for Nature Conservancy and Cranbrook Institute of Science Members, and $12 for non-members. A series ticket is available at $40 for Members and $50 for non-Members. To register, visit the Admission Desk at the Institute of Science or register here.  Seating is limited, early registration is encouraged. This series is sponsored by Northern Trust. 


New Hours Offer More Access to the Institute's New Observatorye  


Starting Saturday, November 17, Cranbrook Institute of Science will offer extended hours every Saturday until 10  p.m.  Late hours on Saturdays will offer even more access to the finest research grade telescope available to the general public in the Midwest. Three new telescopes, architectural upgrades in the viewing space, a new dome, and direct compatibility with the planetarium have created an entirely new observatory experience at Cranbrook. Starry Friday Nights are a long tradition at the Institute and we are excited to expand this opportunity to Saturdays. Planetarium programs also will be offered each Saturday night. The observatory is open every Friday and Saturday from 8:30 to 10 p.m., weather permitting, and the first Sunday of the month from 1 to 4 p.m. for safe viewing of the sun.  


Discover the Mysteries of the Ocean Floor in EXTREME DEEP: Mission to the Abyss


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Cranbrook Institute of Science take visitors to the ocean floor in its latest temporary exhibition EXTREME DEEP: Mission to the Abyss. EXTREME DEEP offers opportunities for hands-on exploration of the bottom of the sea. Newly discovered life forms, thermal vents, close-up views of deep-sea research submersibles, and shipwrecks, including the Titanic, are among the attractions in this deep-dive adventure.  Visitors will interact with the type of technology that has allowed travel to the ocean floor, learn about the work of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and experience the adventure of maritime exploration and discovery. Biology, chemistry, geology, history, exploration, and the critical role that deep water research technology plays in better understanding our world and its future, are highlighted.


EXTREME DEEP is free with admission and runs through May 26, 2013. EXTREME DEEP is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. 

Visit the Science Shop This Holiday Season


EXTREME DEEP gifts range from $4.95 to $18.95 before Member discount.

The Science Shop at the Institute of Science is the perfect destination for gift shopping during the holiday season.  A wide selection of books, toy, jewelry, games and educational toy and kits offer something for everyone on your gift list.  Shop with us for the holidays from November 23 through 25 and save 20% off all Science Kits. These kits are wonderful gift for a child or adult, and encourage adult/child interaction and lessons in science. The Science Shop is also now featuring exhibit merchandise for EXTREME DEEP. Items are available in-store or online. Member discounts apply.

Proceeds from sales at the Science Shop help benefit the Museum and its programs. You do not need to pay admission to visit the Shop which is open Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sunday Noon until 4 p.m. Shop online


Gift Memberships and Annual Giving!

 What could be better than a full year of science exploration? Gift memberships to Cranbrook Institute of Science allow you to give a gift that your loved ones can enjoy year round and that you can truly feel good about giving! With 16 different categories to choose among, all can be activated anytime within 12 months of purchase and will provide joy, education, and entertainment for your recipients for a full year. Wrap up your holiday shopping with this special membership offer:


Call 248 645.3245 to order your gift memberships today or purchase gift certificates at Cranbrook Institute of Science during your next visit. Give the gift that offers a great way to learn and have fun on each visit! Offer expires January 4, 2013. Offer does not apply to previous membership purchases/renewals and cannot be redeemed online.

In the spirit of the season we hope you will consider supporting the Institute's Annual Fund. Make a gift that means something special to you and impacts the scientists of tomorrow! All Annual Fund gifts to Cranbrook Institute of Science are tax-deductible and help to bring science to life. Your contributions help us install exciting new exhibits, create electrifying programs for young children at the Institute and in their own classrooms, present thought-provoking lectures, and much more. Every gift matters! Consider making a donation in the name of a family member, friend or colleague as a holiday gift. Go Green and make your gift online at or by calling 248 645.3245.