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Cranbrook Institute of ScienceDecember 2013
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Dino Prep Lab
Fossil Festival
Winter Break Bat and Planetarium Program
Dinosaurs-The Lost World
Scouting Programs
Discovery Center Seeks Volunteers
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Dino Prep Lab!

Saturday, Dec. 28

1 - 4pm

Free with admission


As part of our Fossil Festival activities, play archeologist and take a turn at extracting and fossils of real dinosaurs and related animals from rocks of the late Cretaceous Lance Formation of eastern Wyoming! 

Happy Holidays!  As we close the year, there is no better time to share with you the exciting things happening at Cranbrook Institute of Science and, more importantly, thank you, our Members, fans, and donors for making those things happen.  Each time you visit us, pay for your Membership, buy something in the shop or café, make a donation, or even just "Like" something we are doing on Facebook, you allow us to make science fun and accessible for the adults and children throughout the area and beyond. Thank you for letting us share the wonder of science!


We'll share that wonder in a big way from December 26 through December 30 when we present Fossil Festival. This series of free-with-admission activities complements our Dinosaurs -The Lost World exhibition in fun and educational ways. Where else can your child make a dinosaur egg during their school break?  Check out details within this newsletter. 


In the New Year, watch for new special events, the promise of spring in the form of our annual Members' only Maple Festival, and the return of the popular lecture series in partnership with the Nature Conservancy.


Please note we will be closed December 24, 25 and 31, 2013, and January 1, 2014.


We wish you a very Happy New Year! 


Go Science! 

Fossil Festival Turns Institute into a Dino Excavation Experience!


Celebrate the holidays with all things fossil as the Institute fills the season with enough activities and experiences to get anyone more in touch with their inner Indiana Jones during Fossil Festival from Thursday, December 26 through Monday, December 30 from 1 to 4pm each day. Use your smartphone or iPod camera to take unique pictures of fossil amber specimens using our magnifying stands in "Fossil Zoom!"; our secret egg-making formula allows visitors to create and take home a dinosaur egg in "Hatching the Past"; spend some "DINO-Cadabra" time with our very own staff magician to experience the magic of fossils, and much more. On Saturday, December 28, we'll bring out fossils still embedded in the rock in which they were discovered and let visitors help us with bone extraction and preparation! All Fossil Festival activities are free with admission.


Click here for more details. 

Special Winter Break Bat and Planetarium Programs Scheduled 


Cranbrook extends its planetarium and Bat Zone show times to include daily programming December 23, and December 26-30. Special holiday features in the planetarium include "Let it Snow," a musical medley featuring seasonal favorites, and "Mystery of the Christmas Star," an astronomical look at sky activities occurring around the time of the birth of Christ. To preview program trailers click here


In addition the observatory will be open for safe daytime viewings of the Sun. The Bat Zone will offer tours daily at 12:30 and 2:30pm each day (1:30 and 2:30pm on Sunday, December 29).  To learn more about the Bat Zone visit


For ticket information, please check out our website.

Dinosaurs-The Lost World Brings the Cretaceous to Cranbrook!


The Institute's much anticipated Dinosaurs - The Lost World continues to awe. Taking the visitor back to the Cretaceous Period, The Lost World reveals the incredible diversity of dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and marine reptiles of western North America and includes many specimens never before exhibited in Michigan. Assembled from one of the world's most significant private fossil collections, The Hankla Collection, The Lost World features more than 60 complete skeletal mounts of research quality casts and several real skeletons, five types of fossil eggs, skin impressions, plants, and invertebrates displayed in three galleries covering over 6,000 square feet. Traveling through time guests will marvel at a 36 foot long molded track way of four dinosaurs and traces of other contemporary animals, discover a four- by eight-foot slab of sandstone loaded with real fossil bones preserved in coastal lagoon storm deposits, including numerous Edmontosaurus and T. rex bones and teeth, venture into the children's area where excavation activities focus on the work of paleontologists and geologists, and much more! 


The Lost World is free with admission. 


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Scouting Programs Available Through May 2014


Only at Cranbrook Institute of Science can Scouts dig for fossils, soar into outer space, or spend a night at the Museum by sleeping among the exhibits!  The Institute's Scouting Programs offer Scouts the chance to work with professional scientists who are active in their fields and the opportunity to interact with a unique, world-class collection of objects and artifacts. Our experts work with your group to teach Scouts about a variety of scientific topics through interactive workshops and hands-on activities. Workshop fees include the cost of general admission. For more information about Scouting at Cranbrook visit our website. 

The Discovery Center Seeks Volunteers


Cranbrook's Discovery Center offers an exciting learning experience to feed the curiosity of children ages 3-8. Open every Sunday, the Center is designed to inspire a love of science through adult/child interaction, and offers more than a dozen discovery "module" boxes each containing unique information and activities focused on a specific subject, as well as plants, taxidermy, scientific specimens, microscopes, the chance to play "dress up" using international costumes, and much more. The Discovery Center is currently looking for volunteers to help staff the Discovery Center. Volunteers help engage visitors with the vast Institute resources and ignite their passion to learn.  They create a comfortable space where children can explore real objects and scientific methods.  There are openings to encourage young learners as docents, to share knowledge through activities, and to create new content.  Volunteers should be able to dedicate 4 hours per month to the Discovery Center.  If you think you'd enjoy working as a Discovery Center Interpreter, please click here.