The Prairie Research Institute is home to an extensive collection of fossils from around the world. These specimens help us gain new insights about what Earth was like millions of years in the past.

Particular strengths of PRI’s paleontological collections include fossil plants and insects from the Pennsylvanian (Upper Carboniferous) of Illinois, a large collection of Midwestern Pleistocene mollusks, the historically significant Milton Sanderson collection of Early Miocene amber from the Dominican Republic, and a rapidly growing collection of fossil insects from across the globe, ranging in age from Carboniferous to Pleistocene.

An Evening with Fossils

Support your inner child with the opportunity to touch real fossils on Friday, April 20 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT at Lincolnshire Fields Country Club.

Jon and Amy Lee are hosting a fundraiser for the University of Illinois PRI Center for Paleontology, specifically for the summer fossil dig in Montana, which provides students the opportunity to study exceptionally well-preserved fossil insects and plants.

The PRI Center for Paleontology curates and conducts research on an extensive collection of over 1.5 million fossil specimens from around the world. While some state and grant funding supports these efforts, additional private support would ensure the paleo team can conduct research expeditions in Montana to expand the collection and provide hands-on opportunities for students. Your gift would also support sufficient staffing to curate, manage, study, and share the collection and could help enhance the center’s current facilities.

To find out more, visit the event page.