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  1. Eel

    Eel


    Investigate the curious history and mysterious migratory habits of the Eel. Scientists have long wondered about this fish, whose long, snake-like form is shown here. Learn More
  2. Shell Buttons

    Learn why the rivers of the Midwest produce the best buttons in the world, made from Mussel shells. Check out the step-by-step process of producing a shell button, something businesses along the Mississippi have been doing since 1891. Learn More
  3. 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
  4. Beef Byproducts

    The business of meat packing involves not only meat preserving, but creating useful byproducts from other parts of the cow. Learn how slaughtered cattle are used to produce pharmaceuticals, insulin, tiles, buttons, thyroid, casings, soap, tallow, combs, and more. Learn More
  5. DNA

    DNA


    DNA is the thread that connects all life on Earth, from microscopic bacteria, to mushrooms, to humans. Explore DNA and learn how scientists today are using DNA research to expand what we know about life on our planet. Learn More
  6. Taxidermy (American Red Squirrel - Spring)

    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
  7. Sea Life

    The objects in this box are wonderful for exploring sea animals' adaptations for living underwater. Use these objects to teach the concept that an animal's body form connects with several specific and necessary functions for its survival. Examine specimens of sea stars, sponges, shells, mussels, and crabs. Learn More
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Indiana Dunes

    Discover the windy conditions necessary to create and maintain the famous Indiana Dunes. Reaching heights of up to 200 feet, the dunes at Illinois Beach State Park are home to a variety of unusual plants and animals. Learn More

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