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Cranbrook Institute of ScienceApril 2013
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Astronomy Day
Lecture Series
Open Studios
Summer Camp Registration
Summer Group Programs
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Astronomy Day

April 20 * 1 - 4pm 


Join Cranbrook Astronomers and the Warren Astronomical Society for hands-on telescope instruction, a tour of the newly-renovated Cranbrook Observatory, or a planetarium show. All activities except planetarium shows are free with admission. 




Although winter seems to be lingering, April showers have brought with them the signs that spring is here. The native plants in the Erb Family Science Garden are beginning to bud, and it looks as if our Mallard couple has returned for another year. Although we are glad to see them, this will require daily attention if there are any ducklings. They can get into the flow pools, but require a boost to get out! We see this as one of the duties, and yes, perquisites of working at Cranbrook.


Despite the rain, we're forging ahead with outdoor activities. On April 21, there's a unique opportunity to explore the campus when our colleagues in the art arena host their second annual OPEN(STUDIOS) Art Sale + Community Day.  This event takes visitors behind-the-scenes and across the campus courtesy of a ticket that allows admission to both the science and art museums at Cranbrook, the studios at the Academy and a return visit another day at your discretion to tour Cranbrook Gardens. Children under 12 are free for this event, making it a fantastic family day out!  See details within.


Spring also marks the end of the Institute's popular "What's so Great about the Great Lakes?" lecture series in partnership with the Nature Conservancy. The series closes with a look at land conservation and how it is impacting our region. These lectures have explored migrating birds, the forests of our state and the perils of invasives in the lakes, offering insight into both the uniqueness and importance of the waterways that enrich our state. If you could not attend, please visit our website where each lecture video is archived under "Programs." 


As you plan your upcoming visits, please note that on Friday, April 26, we will close at 5pm in order to host a Boy Scout event.  We regret any inconvenience this may cause.


We hope to see you soon!  


Go Science!

Great Lakes Lecture Series Concludes with The Changing Scale of Conservation 

The popular "What's So Great about the Great Lakes" lecture series presented by The Freshwater Forum at Cranbrook Institute of Science and The Nature Conservancy concludes its six lecture run on April 18.  The Nature Conservancy's State Director Helen Taylor will discuss The Changing Scale of Conservation.  Land protection has become an important conservation strategy in the Great Lakes region. With more than 20 years' experience, Helen will shed light on how effective land protection can be in this promoting sustainability in the Great Lakes basin.  The event begins with an opportunity to meet the scientist and a cash bar at 6:30, followed by a 7:30pm lecture. Tickets for each lecture are $10 for Nature Conservancy and Cranbrook Institute of Science Members, and $12 for non-members.  To register, visit the Admission Desk at the Institute of Science or register here. Walk-in tickets are available for The Changing Scale of Conservation. This series is sponsored by Northern Trust with media support from Michigan Public Radio.

Open(Studios) offers a Day of Art AND Science


Cranbrook presents a unique day of Art and Science exploration on April 21 during the second annual OPEN(STUDIOS) Art Sale + Community Day from Noon to 5pm.  One ticket allows visitors to explore the workspaces of today's emerging artists, architects and designers, see the "2013 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art," and visit the Institute of Science.  Student artists and faculty from each of the Academy's 10 departments will be on hand to discuss their work and show off their creative spaces, and pieces of student art will be for sale, allowing the public to purchase work from this exclusive group of Academy artists. In addition representatives from throughout the Cranbrook Educational Community will be on-hand to discuss all that Cranbrook has to offer from Summer Camp to house and garden tours, and more. Tickets are $12 online (by April 19) and $15 at the door. Children 12 and under are free. Please note we are unable to accommodate strollers in the studios and children must be accompanied at all times. Tickets include admission to Cranbrook Art Museum and Cranbrook Institute of Science the day of the event, and a voucher for an upcoming tour of Cranbrook Gardens. Parking and shuttle service are available at 39533 Woodward Avenue, located on the west (southbound) side of Woodward, just south of Long Lake Road in Bloomfield Hills. To purchase tickets online, click here.  For more information, please contact Marsha Gilman at 248.645.3214 or email This event is sponsored by Mercedes Benz Financial Services.


Register Now for Summer Camp! 


Summer is fasting approaching and Explorer Camp at the Institute of Science will be full of wizards, electronics, dinosaurs, galaxies and more in 2013!  


Due to the popularity of its Harry Potter-Themed Science Camp, the Institute has developed "Year II" to give muggles the chance to return to The Cranbrook Institute of "Nature and Methodology" for another exciting week exploring the science behind the Harry Potter series. Hack this Camp! offers 5th-7th graders the opportunity to join the maker movement by learning the fundamentals of electronics, mechanics, programming and more.


Popular summer camp classics such as Explorer Camps and Museum Boot Camp offer Campers ages 5-14 the chance to utilize Cranbrook's 319-acre "outdoor laboratory" and the resources of a museum to discover science and create a lifetime of learning experiences and memories. 


Week-long camps begin June 24 and run through August 16. Registration has begun! To review camp selections visit and click on "Find Programs" or call 248 645.3210 for a 2013 Summer Explorer Camp Guide. 

Now Booking for Summer Group Programs 


Summer Group programs for camps, day care, senior facilities, or even neighborhood play groups, offer discounted access to the Institute of Science and its programs. Choose a  Museum visit, or a visit and up to four programs, with prices starting at just $8 per person. Optional programs include planetarium or Bat Zone shows for just $1 more. Programs are offered week days June 17 - September 1, 2013. 


Minimum group visit size is twenty paid attendees. One Chaperone is admitted Free for every five children. Due to space limitations additional chaperones may not be able to attend programming. Member Discount does not apply to group visits. Lunch spaces are not scheduled and will be available on a first come, first served basis. To register visit here or call 248 645.3210