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Cranbrook Institute of ScienceFebruary 2016
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Nature Conservancy Lecture Series
Maple Festival
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Courtesy of the MASCO Corporation Foundation, admission to the Institute of Science is FREE after 5pm on Friday, March 4. The Observatory and Caf� will be open.  Tickets to BATS: Superheroes of the Night, and planetarium programs are available at an additional charge.
Please note the Institute of Science will be closed on Easter Sunday, March 27. 

March is Superhero Month at the Institute of Science

BATS: Superheroes of the Night celebrates bats, the new Batman v. Superman movie, and superheroes in general in March. The Malayan Flying Foxes have arrived as part of the new features related to the exhibition. The largest species of bat in the world, weighing around 2 pounds, and boasting 5-6 foot wingspans, these giant fruit-eaters are not to be missed. Starting March 11, we offer science and Superhero fans to own a piece of Batman movie history when bat houses constructed from the set of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice go up for auction on Ebay starting March 11. Superhero Sunday on March 20 offers the opportunity to dress as your favorite Superhero and see comics come alive as the Institute of Science celebrates all things superhero inside and outside the museum on from 1 to 4pm. We'll start by choosing sides and taking a selfie with Batman or Darth Vader to see who registers more Superhero selfie posts on Facebook and then help save the bats through special activities. Learn more about bat events.
The Nature Conservancy Lecture Series Resumes
The Institute's popular Lecture Series in partnership with the Nature Conservancy returns for spring with three lectures featuring Nature Conservancy Scientists who are actively engaged in research in the Great Lakes region. On March 3, Associate State Director Dr. Patrick Doran, presents The Nature of Cities. By 2050, it is estimated that 70% of the world's population will live in cities. Doran will explore how nature can help build resilient urban communities around the world and right here in Detroit. Every lecture begins with a Meet and Greet the Scientist and cash bar at 6:30pm, followed by a 7pm lecture and Q & A ending by 8pm. Tickets are $12 per person for the general public, and $10 for Institute and Nature Conservancy Members. Register online.

Cranbrook Institute of Science Celebrates its Annual Maple Festival

The Institute presents a favorite rite of spring at its 42nd Annual Maple Festival on Sunday, March 13, 2016 from noon to 4pm. All activities at this year's Festival are open to the public. In addition to maple-themed snacks, guests are invited to learn about the science of maple syrup production, listen to the story of sugaring in Colonial North America, and taste the pure sweetness of homemade maple candy. Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for children for the public. Members receive a $3 discount per ticket. To register, call 248 645.3245, stop at the Visitor's Service Desk at the Institute or go online

ScienceNow Offers Continuing Science Education Opportunities

The Institute's new ScienceNow program offers classes for adults and kids, a book club, lectures, and more. This months' book club will meet at 6:30pm on Thursday, March 17. The book of the month is The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula K. Le Guin. This science fiction novel is set in a future world burdened by violence and environmental disasters. When George Orr realizes that his dreams have the ability to alter reality, he seeks the help of psychiatrist Dr. William Haber who uses George's powers for his own purposes. Join us to discuss this gripping story. For more information about other programs explore ScienceNow.

Register Now for Summer Camp

The Institute of Science is looking for curious campers from kindergartners through 10th graders to explore at Cranbrook this summer. Join us for unique experiences each week as campers tackle new activities, experiments, and adventures, including a family overnight astronomy option this year. Explore specific dates and camps.