KIDS DABBLE FREE! Fossils in Skyscrapers: Paleo walking tour of the Loop

with Asa Kaplan

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ABOUT THIS EVENT
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Kids/Family

Event Overview

+ NOTE: This class now free for kids of the adults who come with them on the tour! +

Raise your hand if you know that the city of Chicago is surrounded by fossils ... not just in the ground, but up in the  buildings .

This interactive walking tour will take Dabblers on a journey through our city in a way they've never seen it before. Walk through the Loop and be prepared to be awestruck-- not by how much the clothes in the window cost, for a change-- but by how many historical, ancient, and magnificent fossils you can find embedded in the sides of the very same buildings you shuffle past everyday.

This tour, which is one part history lesson, one part geology crash course and one part Pokemon GO, will give you a thorough rundown on the building of the city of Chicago, and along the way will point out all the best fossils the city has to offer. And *everyone* gets a real Midwestern fossil to take home.


So change your perspective, slow down for a few hours, and take the time to get to know your prehistoric legacy. We promise it'll forever enrich your experience of this city we already know and love. 

* DNAinfo's thinkpiece: http://tinyurl.com/dnainfofossils

* "The Man in the Dinosaur Hat": a 1001 Chicago Afternoons blogpost: http://1001chicago.com/484

+ NOTE: When signing up, sign up for the number of *adults* who will be on the tour. Don't include the # of kids -- they're free. +

What's Provided

Yes, a handout and a hand lens to use on the tour

What You Can Expect
  • Fossil hunt right downtown
  • Learn how to spot fossils anywhere in the city
  • Learn how earth history has shaped Chicago's architecture
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MORE ABOUT YOUR HOST

Asa Kaplan

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Asa: Educator, Analyst, Social Entrepreneur, Polymath.

I believe in a world in which knowledge is fuel for sharing excitement, in which connection & engagement are the goals, in which inner well-being arises from loving the world we inhabit.

"Asa, you pack kindness into intelligence" - SH, 2013

EXPERIENCE REVIEWS

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    Debra T.
    Reviewed on 10/01/17

    After taking this walk, my husband and I will never walk down the streets of Chicago the same. We will be looking at the sides of buildings and walls for fossils that we now know are there in abundance. Truly enjoyable!

    After taking this walk, my husband and I will never walk down the streets of Chicago the same. We will be looking at the sides of buildings and walls for fossils that we now know are there in abundance. Truly enjoyable!

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    Jessica H.
    Reviewed on 09/30/17

    This tour was wonderful. I would highly recommend to anyone that enjoys learning, science, good conversation and walking in the city. It was interactive, educational and fun. Teacher/tour guide was amazing and did an excellent job hosting the tour. I would do this again.

    This tour was wonderful. I would highly recommend to anyone that enjoys learning, science, good conversation and walking in the city. It was interactive, educational and fun. Teacher/tour guide was amazing and did an excellent job hosting the tour. I would do this again.

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    Cortney P.
    Reviewed on 09/30/17

    This was a great tour! It was fun to learn about the geological history of the Chicago area and find fossils in the buildings all around us. Asa was a fantastic and pantient teacher and gave us all fossils to take home. A+++

    This was a great tour! It was fun to learn about the geological history of the Chicago area and find fossils in the buildings all around us. Asa was a fantastic and pantient teacher and gave us all fossils to take home. A+++

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