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Docent-Led Activities: Planets, Stars, and the Moon

Docent-Led programs like this one feature activities such as mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touch carts with hands-on artifacts. The theme this week is: Planets, Stars, and the Moon.

Spurlock Summer Sundays: Explore the Natural World

This summer, we’re exploring the natural world with three month-long series of programs on precious metals, planets & stars, and plants. We’ll look at the ways different cultures have used natural resources, explained natural phenomena, and found inspiration in the world around them. Examine artifacts, join in songs and stories, and dig into sample materials. Experts from around town and campus will offer demonstrations and discussions. All programs are free and available on a drop-in schedule.

Each month has a distinct theme, with a series of programs for different ages and learning styles within those themes. The first Sunday of each month is a Time Machine that features multiple activities, presenters, and performers around the Museum. The third Sunday of each month is an Arts Exploration, offering visitors an opportunity to create a different special art project. All other Sundays feature docent-led activities such as mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touch carts with hands-on artifacts.

Other Events in the Series

June: Silver and Gold

  • 6/3 Time Machine
  • 6/10 Docent-Led
  • 6/17 Arts Exploration
  • 6/24 Docent-Led

July: Planets, Stars, and the Moon

  • 7/1 Time Machine
  • 7/8 Docent-Led
  • 7/15 Arts Exploration
  • 7/22 Docent-Led
  • 7/29 Docent-Led

August: Plants

  • 8/5 Time Machine
  • 8/12 Docent-led
  • 8/19 Arts Exploration
  • 8/26 Docent-Led


For further information on this event, contact Beth Watkins at or (217) 265-5485

All participants are welcome. To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at or (217) 244-5586.