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  • Abrams Planetarium

    Location:

    S. Shaw Ln, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's Abrams Planetarium serves as an astronomy and space science education resource center. The Planetarium offers a variety of shows to preschool through senior citizens and promotes skywatching with publications, press releases, and public observing sessions. The Planetarium houses an exhibit hall with a book and gift counter, a blacklight gallery of astronomical art, and a hemispherical domed sky theatre.

  • Abrams Planetarium Group Instructional Programs

    Location:

    S. Shaw Lane, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's Abrams Planetarium offers a variety of single-visit instructional programs dealing with astronomical topics for a variety of age groups. Programs on stars, constellations, planets, and the moon are available for preschool and elementary children. Higher level classes are offered on additional topics. Detailed descriptions are found on the website. Teachers who desire a more intensive experience should consider bringing their class for more than one presentation. Two or more programs can be scheduled as a multiple-visit series.

  • Abrams Planetarium Sky Calendar

    Description:

    MSU's Abrams Planetarium offers the Sky Calendar, which promotes skywatching for people of all ages. The sheet for each month takes the form of a calendar; diagrams in the boxes invite the reader to track the moon's rapid motion past the planets and bright stars of the zodiac, as well as to follow the more leisurely pace of the planets in their conjunctions with bright stars and other planets. The Sky Calendar has become the nation's most highly illustrated easy-to-follow guide to sky events. It is reproduced by classroom teachers for their students, by planetariums and astronomy clubs for their members, and by park interpreters for audiences at sky talks. A full-year subscription is available, starting any time.

  • Arthropod Research Collection (ARC)

    Location:

    401 Natural Sciences Building, 288 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    The ARC collection contains adult and immature insects, spiders, ticks, mites, and other arthropods, as well as nematodes, primarily from Michigan and the Great Lakes region. The Collection also contains many specimens from other parts of the world. The Center provides a reference collection of authoritatively identified specimens for research and extension; loans specimens worldwide for research; conducts systematics, evolutionary, and biodiversity research; collaborates and assists in faculty and graduate student research; and maintains a repository of voucher specimens documenting research.

  • Biology on Tap Short Talks: Pollinators and Pollination in Michigan (June 2017)

    Dates:

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017.  7:30 pm

    Location:

    The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI

    Description:

    Join members of the MSU Department of Entomology for short talks from local experts about the state of pollinators and pollination in Michigan. This event is free (other than the purchase of your desired beverage!) and is for persons 18 or older.

  • Great Lakes Education Program River Boat Field Trip Cruises (Spring 2017)

    Dates:

    • Macomb County: April 17 - June 16, 2017
    • Wayne County: May 1 - June 16, 2017

    Location:

    • Macomb: One way: Clinton River Cruise Company and Lake St. Clair Metropark Marina
    • Wayne: Round trip: Lake Erie Metropark Marina

     

    Description:

    The Great Lakes Education Program (GLEP) introduces fourth-grade students to the unique features of the Great Lakes through a combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience. The program is designed to stimulate interest in the Great Lakes and help students understand their role in protecting these vital freshwater resources.

  • Herbarium

    Location:

    166 Plant Biology Building, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    An herbarium is a natural history collection of preserved plants that documents the diversity of plants of the world. The MSU Herbarium represents a worldwide collection of all groups of plants as well as lichens, bryophytes, and fungi. Current holdings number over 530,000 specimens, with approximately 315,000 specimens of vascular plants, 145,000 lichenized fungi, 35,000 non-lichenized fungi, and 35,000 bryophyte specimens.

  • Hidden Lakes Gardens (Tipton, MI)

    Location:

    6214 Monroe Road (M-50), Tipton, MI, 49287. (Approximately 70 miles from MSU's campus).

    Description:

    MSU's Hidden Lake Gardens is Michigan's best kept secret! It covers 755 acres of meadows and oak-hickory woodlands filled with an abundance of native flora and fauna. The Gardens are open 362 days of the year with an admission fee of $3 per person. Self-guided tours are a great way to see the Gardens at your own pace and to suit your personal interest. Guided tours, requested at least two weeks in advance, are available at no additional charge. In addition to more than 6 miles of one-way paved drives, there are 5 miles of hiking trails to allow the visitor a closer look at the beauty that the Gardens provide.

    Audience: Horticulturalists; general public.

  • Kellogg Bird Sanctuary Tours

    Location:

    12685 East C Ave, Augusta, MI, 49012. (15 north of Kalamazoo and 12 miles NW of Battle Creek, MI).

    Description:

    The Kellogg Bird Sanctuary offers guided educational tours to school groups. The tours provide knowledge about preserving and protecting natural habitats that we share with wildlife. The Kellogg Bird Sanctuary remains an innovator in wildlife conservation efforts. The sanctuary also has a pollinator and rain garden and a large picnic area. Visitors can browse and purchase items at our Resource Center and Giftshop featuring nature-related gift items and books. Very low admission fees apply.

  • Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center (East Lansing, MI)

    Location:

    219 South Harrison Ave, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, located on campus, displays a unique atmosphere, with cultural and sporting activities right at its back door. Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center offers state-of-the-art conference facilities, including a 300-seat auditorium and 30 multi-function meeting rooms accommodating groups of 10 to 1,000. When planning an event, the Conference Services department provides personal assistance from beginning to end. The Audio-Visual department also provides equipment and technical assistance. Each of the 165 hotel rooms is beautifully furnished and offers the finest quality accommodations.

  • Microbe Zoo

    Description:

    MSU's Center for Microbial Ecology houses the Microbe Zoo, a digital learning center, which helps K-12 students discover and learn about the importance and use of hidden microbes. The zoo include four areas:

    • The Microbe Zoo
    • Microbes in the News
    • Meet the Scientists
    • Microbial Ecology Resources
  • MSU Libraries

    Location:

    Main Library: 100 Library (on West Circle Drive), MSU, E. Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The MSU Libraries collections include more than 4 million volumes, 28,000 serial subscriptions (in print and electronic form), 5 million items in microfilm and microfiche, 200,000 maps and 40,000 sound recordings. The Libraries include extensive holdings in history, the social sciences, languages and literature, area studies, medicine, agriculture, and general sciences as well as several specialized, interest-specific collections.

  • MSU Plant Trial Field Day (July 2017)

    Dates:

    July 25, 2017.  8:30 am - 2:00 pm

    Location:

    1066 Bogue Street, MSU Campus, Plant & Soil Sciences Bldg. (1st floor), East Lansing, MI 48823

    Description:

    Commercial growers, landscapers, and advanced gardeners are invited to this annual event to learn about some of the superior new plants and how they have performed in the MSU Trial Gardens. Plant performance, ornamental characteristics, and special needs of plants will be covered by MSU Horticulture Gardens staff. Presentations will also be delivered by MSU faculty that focus on electronic grower resources, lighting plants with LEDs, pollinator-friendly plants, and the European Flower Trials.

    The $42/person registration fee (by July 19) includes morning refreshments, lunch, parking, trial booklet, and the program.  On-site registration is possible with a $10/person surcharge.

  • MSU Science Festival (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 7 - 23, 2017

    Location:

    Events are held at MSU in East Lansing, as well as in Detroit and around the state.

    Description:

    The MSU Science Festival is an exploration of the science that touches our everyday lives. There are hands-on activities for the whole family, plus demonstrations, discussions, lectures, and tours on topics from astronomy to music to zoology.  MSU researchers and their students share the wonder of science in over 100 diverse offerings for young and old to engage, explore, and inspire.  Events are held at MSU in East Lansing, as well as in Detroit and around the state.

  • MSU Science Theatre

    Location:

    Science Theatre Office located in MSU's Abrams Planetarium, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's Science Theatre, a nationally acclaimed student-run organization developed by students from a number of disciplines, performs demonstrations and lectures for K-12 students and public groups. Science Theatre performances demonstrate basic scientific concepts and inspire audience members to develop an appreciation for science in everyday life.

  • MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center

    Location:

    486 Green Way, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    The MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center is rethinking the way the MSU Community disposes of its unused materials – including our own take on REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE.  The surplus store sells items in the following categories: Art, Antiques and Collectibles; Audio/Visual; Bicycles; Bid Items; Books; Computers; Farm & Garden; Furniture; Household and Home Decor; Industrial and Manufacturing; Kitchen and Restaurant; Laboratory; Land/Property; Media; Office; Printer & Copier Supplies; Recycling Containers; Sporting Goods and Clothing; Vehicles & Trailers.

  • Orations and Libations: Short Talks on Pollinators and Pollination (June 2017)

    Dates:

    June 22, 2017,  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Location:

    American Fifth, 112 N. Larch St, Lansing, MI

    Description:

    Join members of the MSU Department of Entomology for short talks from local experts about the state of pollinators and pollination in Michigan. This event is free (other than the purchase of your desired beverage!) and is for persons 18 or older.

  • Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education

    Location:

    Located on the corner of Farm Lane and Mt. Hope (4301 Farm Lane) on the Campus of Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 48823.

    Description:

    MSU's Pavilion sponsors numerous animal shows, including: horse, cattle, sheep, rabbits, and dogs. The Pavilion is also used for livestock sales. The facility is handicapped-accessible, offers easy access on-site lighted parking, full concessions, and an on-site licensed campground equipped with electrical hook-up, dump station, shower facilities and water tank fill-up locations.

  • Tollgate Education Conference Center (Novi, MI)

    Location:

    28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI, 48377. (Northwest corner of Twelve Mile and Meadowbrook Roads in Novi, MI.)

    Description:

    The MSUE - Tollgate Education Conference Center functions as a full service meeting facility ideal for the business and educational community. Situated on a beautiful 160 acre farm, the gardens and pastures at Tollgate provide a natural and peaceful setting for business meetings, receptions, retreats, conferences, workshops and educational classes. The Center includes the Tollgate Conference room which accommodates up to 140 people; the Activity Center, a more casual setting accommodates up to 60 people; the Americana Boardroom, an executive-style formal meeting room for 12 or less; and the Bassett Boardroom for 10 people. Tollgate’s main site feature is the historic Tollgate Barn which is available for rental for various functions offering it’s unique charm and atmosphere.

    Tollgate offers a complete range of support services to make every event a success:

    Our caterers provide an excellent variety of breakfasts, lunches, dinners or outdoor barbecues to suit your budget and tastes.
    All meeting rooms have wireless internet and a complete inventory of audiovisual and communication equipment.
    Overnight accommodations are available at several hotels located within one mile of Tollgate.

    Conveniently located at the northwest corner of 12 Mile and Meadowbrook Roads in Novi, Michigan near several major freeways: I-275, I-96 and I-696, and within an hour’s drive from Metropolitan Airport, Detroit, Flint, Ann Arbor and Lansing.

  • Tours of the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory

    Location:

    1 Cyclotron, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The NSCL offers middle and high school teachers and students guided tours of the Laboratory. Visitors may watch a video tape that describes the NSCL's two cyclotrons and their use in nuclear science research. The tours are available for groups of 10 - 50 people.

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