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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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Science Festival (April 2018)

    Dates:

    April 6 - 22, 2018

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Virtual Museum Science Field Trips

    Description:

    The MSU Museum offers a Virtual Outreach Program for teachers who want to provide their students with fun and meaningful learning experiences without the expense, permission forms, and geographic limitations of ordinary field trips. These exciting virtual field trips use videoconferencing technology to bring the expertise of professionals right into the classroom. Students, teachers, and museum staff can all see and hear each other via the video and voice connections, and because everything happens in real time, it's almost like being there. The field trips are based on science curriculum areas and follow the Michigan Curriculum Standards, making them easy to fit into existing lesson plans.

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