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Natural History Activity Day

  • Post Date7/20/2004
  • Reading Time2 minute read

In coordination with the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS), the Spurlock Museum held a Natural History Activity Day on Saturday, July 10, 2004. The event opened the new Focus Gallery exhibit Illinois: An Epic Landscape and was filled with family activities.

Tandy Lacy, director of education, and Janet Painter, Spurlock volunteer, led children in engaging games and crafts in the Rowe Learning Center. Activities ranged from Fantastic Frogs to Munching Muskrats, and participants learned about various features and inhabitants of Illinois habitats. Children were then invited to take home a poster about the animals they had discussed.

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    Janet Painter teaches about muskrat population growth in the Rowe Learning Center.

In the Knight Auditorium, Kim Sheahan, assistant director of education, showed nature videos and told nature stories to visitors. In the middle of the day, Michael R. Jeffords, author, entomologist, and educational liaison for the INHS, gave a slide show presentation "From Orchids to Otters," highlighting many of the interesting plant and animal species that call Illinois home.

One of the highlights of the day was the INHS Mobile Science Center with a hands-on display titled "Arthropods Across Illinois." Visitors played games, saw animal specimens, and got a close-up view of various insects under a microscope. The Mobile Science Center added an interactive opportunity to learn about the natural history of Illinois.

  • Parents and kids
    Parents and kids alike learn about arthropods aboard the INHS Mobile Science Center.

All the activities except the slide show will be repeated on Wednesday, August 11, 2004.