Another jewel in the Fox Valley area is Fermilab! Located in Batavia, IL, Fermilab is an world renowned active research and development center that explores fundamental physics via particle physics and leads the way for future particle accelerators. Although the Tevatron Particle Accelerator is no longer operational, Fermilab is currently working on a funding Project X, a new type of accelerator and if approved, could begin construction in 2015.
In cooperation with the non-profit Fermilab Friends for Science Education organization, local high school student groups and Fermilab scientists put on an annual tour. Usually held on the Sunday after the SuperBowl, younger kids can come in for the hands-on experiments and see cool science in action with demonstrations too. Other facility tours have some age restrictions, so be sure to check the website or call ahead of a family visit.
Fermilab also has a dog training center, cross country skiing, horse stables, a herd of buffalo, nature preserve, bike trails and a model airplane lab. Who knew?
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit all the wonders of Batavia’s very own Fermilab, another great part of living in the Fox Valley area!