CHAMPAIGN - The third annual Naturally Illinois Expo features 50 exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on science activities for the public, teachers and students of all levels.
It’s scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability, 607 E. Peabody Drive, C.
It provides an opportunity to talk with scientists who work on cutting-edge research and solutions to natural and cultural resource issues.
The expo is presented by the staff of the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability, home of the Illinois State Scientific Surveys, to show the public the wide variety of research they conduct to benefit the state.
Institute staff members will open their doors and share their work in hopes of encouraging students to explore science careers and to help everyone better understand the role science plays in our daily lives.
For the first time, an archaeological dig on the grounds of the institute’s building is part of the expo.
Other new exhibits include Earthquakes Now and Then, The Many Wonders of Carbon Dioxide, Mosquitoes and Disease and the Traveling Science Center’s new exhibits on Illinois Biodiversity and Exotic Invasive Species. And the ever-popular Kid’s Fossil Dig and Weather on Your Birthday features remain.
Also, the Earth, Wind, & Fire 5K run and 2.5K walk starts at 9 a.m. Saturday morning.
You can register at www.inrs.illinois.edu/expo/5krun.shtml.
The expo is free and open to the public. It is volunteer-led and financed entirely through donations.