Seasonal & Special Events

Earth Week Festival @ CIS

April 7-11, 2014
1-4 pm

Cranbrook Institute of Science will host Earth Week, April 7-11, 2014. It is a week-long celebration highlighting how we can collectively and individually be stewards of a healthy environment. The museum will feature stations with hands-on activities through-out. Partner organizations from around the region will share their knowledge and expertise in celebration of our home, the planet Earth. Activities include arts and crafts and interactive sustainability demonstrations such as “Guess that Phantom Load”, “Recycle Relay” and “Great Lakes Geography Challenge.” Students and visitors of all ages will find something to investigate in the museum-wide celebration of Earth and Environmental Sciences! Join us to explore sustainability - the event is free with admission!

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Event Highlights

Visitors can drop in on the planting station to begin growing swamp milkweed. It is a beautiful native perennial that grows 1-2 feet tall with pink flowers. It is the host plant for monarch butterfly caterpillars. You can help with monarch conservation by planting swamp milkweed in your yard. 

Joe Reilly is a singer, songwriter, and educator from Ann Arbor, Michigan who writes songs from his heart. Joe’s songs are playful, clever, engaging, joyful, and always have something meaningful to say. The core of his message is an invitation to heal our relationships with our selves, with each other, and with the earth. He will be performing on Thursday, April 10th at 2 and 3 pm. 

Great Lakes Rain Barrels will be on-hand to demonstrate how rain barrels work all week long. Learn how these containers help conserve water and prevent stormwater pollution. 

Arts & Crafts

Build-a Fish using recycled materials!

The Science Shop salutes Earth Week with a special 20% promotion off the featured items. Here’s a sampling of some of our alternative energy and environmental science kits:

Recycled Paper Press

Recycle your scrap paper, old newspapers and tissue paper into beautiful hand-crafted paper. Learn why recycling a used material into new ones is a crucial and growing practice around the world.

Wind Power – A Renewable Energy Science Kit

Build a working wind turbine to harness power out of thin air. Learn the physics of wind turbines and generate electricity to light an LED and charge a battery, among other experiments.

Global Water Quality Kit

Test water quality with pH and carbon dioxide analysis. Build a water filter tower to clean dirty water. Experiment with water purification by evaporation. Learn how science can be used to give people around the world access to clean water.

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