'JANE Days' at Burpee Museum

Each Saturday, starting April 2 and running through June 11, from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. the Burpee will feature “Jane Days.” Visitors will learn firsthand Jane’s fascinating story from experienced dinosaur hunters, beginning with her days as a ravenous meat-eating predator in the Cretaceous Period to 2001, when major portions of her skeleton were unearthed in the Montana Badlands by a Burpee Museum expedition.

Families and friends will hear and see it all in hands-on sessions at Burpee. Visitors will also have an opportunity to meet team members who worked at the Jane site and experience what it’s like to discover dinosaur bones – it’s show and tell at its best—gripping and compelling!

Join the experts in the field at the Burpee—those who made it happen—and take a short trip back in time—and hear how a fierce young dinosaur died nearly 66,000,000 years ago. Each week, meet a new member of the team. Hear firsthand what it’s like to discover a dinosaur and many other fossils that were collected. Dress up like a dinosaur hunter, make dinosaur tracks and create a PaleoPet to take home. Family fun for all!

Established in 1941, the Burpee Museum of Natural History is one of the preeminent natural history museums in Illinois and home of JANE, Rockford’s Celebrity Dinosaur. Its mission is to inspire all people to engage in a lifetime of learning about our natural world. Jane: Diary of a Dinosaur will open June 29, 2005.

Free parking is available at the Burpee Museum at 737 N. Main St. or in the Riverfront Museum Park parking lot directly next door at 711 N. Main St.

Burpee hours are Monday—Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $5/adult; $4/child (ages 3-17). Members free. For further information, call 815-965-3433 or log on at www.burpee.org.

From the March 30-April 5, 2005 issue

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