Burpee offers Boy Scouts opportunity to help earn Astronomy badge

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Burpee Museum of Natural History offers numerous opportunities for Brownies, Webelos, Junior Girls Scouts, and more to earn merit badges.

On Friday and Saturday, March 18-19 – from 7 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. ,the Burpee offers a Boy Scouts Sleepover. Spend the night at the Burpee Museum and discover the wonders of the night sky. Scouts will explore the moon and its phases, learn about constellations and stars, and even look through a telescope. They will be well on their way to earning the Astronomy Badge. Admission: $18/scout; $12/adult (one adult for every five scouts.)

Please bring pajamas, sleeping bag, flashlight, toothbrush and warm clothes for the weather. We will be outside part of the time, but will sleep inside. Evening snacks and continental breakfast provided. Pre-registration required. For further information, call Burpee scheduler at 815.965.3433 or e-mail education@burpee.org.

Established in 1941, the Burpee Museum of Natural History is one of the pre-eminent 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. The JANE: Diary of a Dinosaur exhibit is to open June, 29.

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 are free. For further information, call 815-965-3433 or log on at www.burpee.org.

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