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  1. Edible Gilled Mushrooms

    Take a look in your backyard for some of these common edible gilled mushrooms! All of these mushrooms bear spores on their gills and are part of the class Agaricomycetes. They have caps that look like umbrellas. Specimens include the conic wax cap, the chanterelle, the white pin wheel, the common meadow, and the shaggy mane mushrooms. Learn More
  2. Gold Mine Model

    Examine these tiny replications of a typical western gold mine and you'll discover the complicated processes and machinery used to harvest this valuable metal. Learn More
  3. Taxidermy (American Red Squirrel - Winter)

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    Learn about squirrel in its forest habitat while exploring what's real and what's not! Borrow this case before visiting the Museum's dioramas to understand the process of taxidermy. Learn More
  4. Shake, Rumble, and Roll

    Earth's surface is a complex, dynamic system fractured into zones called tectonic plates. These plates are in constant motion, causing earthquakes when they move past one another. Use this box to understand the theory of continental drift, the evidence supporting the theory, and how this theory provides the context for earthquakes. Use a seismograph to learn how scientists measure earthquakes and simulate an earthquake to find out how man-made structures might react to ground movements. Learn More
  5. Shark

    Take a dip in the cool waters off southern California and you might come across one of these sharks. The Hammerhead is just one member of the group Chondrichthyes, all of whom have jaws, paired fins, paired nostrils and a skeleton made of cartilage in common. Learn More
  6. Golden Ragwort

    Get to know the Golden Ragwort, a common spring sight in Illinois. Three main types grow here, and are best identified by the form of their leaves, growing alongside a brilliant yellow flower on a low, herbaceous plant. Learn More
  7. Tall Buttercup

    Look, but don't touch, the leaves and stems of this profuse flower. The tall buttercup has maintained its abundance through a special defense system that produces an acrid juice strong enough to burn through the skin of an animal. Learn More
  8. Spore Bearing Mushrooms 2

    Did you know that mushrooms use spores instead of seeds? In this case we explore the different types of spore locations and dispersal. A number of specimens are shown here including coral, honeycomb, horn of plenty, bear's-head, and the scarlet fairy cup mushrooms. All of which are both edible and unique in their spore developing regions. Learn More
  9. Yellow Lady's Slipper (Deer Management)

    Prance into the world of the deer, one of our most frequent connections to the natural world. Urban expansion has created the need, however, for drastic measures to keep the numbers of these abundant animals in check. Witness a few of the ways we protect our land when deer run rampant. Learn More
  10. Abrasives

    Scratch through the surface of these practical materials. Natural abrasives usually contain minerals with a tough grain structure, making them useful in grinding materials like metal and wood, and artificial abrasives closely mimic this structure. Learn More

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