The Illinois State Museum in Springfield, IL is an educator's dream. The first level take you through the natural history of the state of Illinois starting with its paleontology and working its way forward through the modern environment.
|taken by my co-photographer Mookie|
|swiping a card|
|the bear exhibit|
|listening to the "phone"|
Shorty's favorite part was the basement - the play area! He got to load a jeep to take out on a specimen expedition, dig for fossils, use a microscope to look at bones up close, put together replicas of Native pottery and read in the nook!
|local wildlife hide and seek|
|a quiet book nook|