Earth Week

April 7, 2014 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Cranbrook Institute of Science

Join us for family activities focused on making sustainable choices to help the Earth. Experiences will demonstrate key concepts in sustainability and engage participants in learning to minimize waste, prevent pollution, save energy and steward our most precious local natural resource--the Great Lakes. No registration needed. Free with admission.

Special Guest Exhibitors:

  • Go Decomposers! - Compost demonstration with SOCWA to explain the details of successful composting.
  • Debbie Jackson, a Butterfly Expert from Monarch Watch, will be sharing information from her winter trip to Mexico to see Monarch Butterfly wintering sites.
  • Discover the Dirt Doctors from the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office. They will show how to protect lakes and rivers from erosion using their famous techniques.
  • Great Lakes Rain Barrels will display Rain Barrels to conserve water and prevent flooding in your yard.

Museum Activity Stations could include:

  • Guess that Phantom Load
  • Water Conservation Demonstration
  • 4R’s Recycle Relay
  • Great Lakes Geography Challenge
  • Recycled Paper Press
  • Solar Car

Arts & Crafts:

  • Build-a-fish using recycled materials
  • Plant swamp milkweed for monarch butterflies in a seed pot made of newspaper

Special Events:

Thursday, April 10 - Singer-songwriter Joe Reilly will share his infectious songs that teach about nature, wildlife and stewardship at 2 and 3pm.

Friday, April 11 - Bridget McGovern Llewellyn, author of One Child, One Planet: Inspiration for the Young Conservationist, will be presenting a slideshow about her book at 1:30 and 3:00 pm in the auditorium. Learn more about the book at The Science Shop will be selling her book, and there will be a special opportunity for signed copies.

Saturday, April 12 - Dino Prep Lab,1-4pm. allows visitors to remove and conserve 70 million-year-old fossils of dinosaurs. At 2pm the same day, Geologist John Zawiskie will discuss research related to a 6000-year-old forest bed recently discovered near Alpena, and offer a glimpse of one of the actual stumps excavated from the site.

Public Planetarium Programs

10:30am One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure
11:30am Dinosaurs at Dusk
12:30pm Young Stargazers Sky Journey
1:30pm Michigan Sky Tonight featuring
Back to the Moon
2:30pm Dinosaurs at Dusk
3:30pm Michigan Sky Tonight
Ages 6 & Above Only

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These shows are for general admission visitors. School groups and other groups may attend regularly scheduled public astronomy or entertainment shows, but are limited to 35 people per program. Private astronomy or entertainment shows for up to 75 people can be scheduled weekday mornings and afternoons throughout the school year. Further information is available on our For Teachers Web page.