Eric’s family has been members of the Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois (ESCONI) for many years. Eric presented Rocks for Play and Learning activities at the club’s Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show on March 5 and 6, 2016, at the DuPage County fairgrounds. Here’s a photo of last year’s ESCONI Juniors booth, which serves both children and educators:
Children who attend the ESCONI Show get to make a Grab Bag filled with free rocks. Both adult educators and children can purchase specimens at the Juniors Sales Area (but only children can use the spinner). We usually have some additional Rock and Fossil Collections that educators and children can make for free
If you are into social media, ESCONI also has a Facebook page.
The 40th annual Chicagoland Gem, Mineral & Fossil show was even bigger than the ESCONI show! It was May 28 and 29, 2016, at the DuPage County Fairgrounds.