Chicago Botanic Garden

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Field trip checklist and policies

Field Trip dates

Early Fall
Sept. 3 Oct. 11, 2013

Late Fall
Oct. 14 Nov. 8, 2013

Holiday
Dec. 2 Dec. 20, 2013

Early Winter
Jan. 20 – Feb. 7, 2014

Orchid
Feb. 14 Mar. 14, 2014

Late Winter
Mar. 17 April 11, 2014

Spring
Apr. 21 June 6, 2014

 

 

Water Quality
Pre- and Post-Trip Activities
Early Fall
Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – noon
$120
Maximum number of students: 30
A 1:10 ratio of chaperones to children is required.

Students will learn about aquatic ecosystem by collecting and testing water samples, identifying organisms that indicate water quality, and conducting a chemical assessment. Please prepare your students to be outside.

Tentative activities include the following:
• Macroinvertebrate collection and analysis
• Chemical collection and analysis

Ecosystem and Plant Adaptations
Pre- and Post-Trip Activities
Early Fall, Late Fall
Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – noon
$120
Maximum number of students: 30
A 1:10 ratio of chaperones to children is required.

How do plants fit their place? Discover how plants have adapted to abiotic factors in an ecosystem. Student investigations include learning about the unique abiotic conditions that define many of the biomes of the world, including Illinois, weather depending.

Tentative activities include the following:
• Plant structure and function analysis
• Potting a plant with adaptations to take home

Photosynthesis Lab
Pre- and Post-Trip Activities
Holiday, Late Winter
Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – noon
$120
Maximum number of students: 30
A 1:10 ratio of chaperones to children is required.

Students will explore photosynthesis, investigating how and where it takes place, how plants obtain the materials necessary for it to occur, and its products. Programs include a gas experiment in the Garden collection.

Tentative activities include the following:
• Stomata observation and analysis
• Oxygen and carbon dioxide measurement and analysis

New! Outrageous Orchids: The Mighty Rainforest
Orchid
Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – noon
$120
Maximum number of students: 30
A 1:10 ratio of chaperones to children is required.

Step out of the classroom and into the rainforest! Using a variety of scientific tools, students will take an in-depth look at rainforest plant adaptations and critically analyze the relationships between biotic and abiotic factors within the biome. Each student will leave with an orchid- themed craft or plant. Admission to seasonal orchid show included.

Green Buildings
Pre- and Post-Trip Activities
Spring
Tuesday & Thursday, 10 a.m. – noon
$120
Maximum number of students: 30
A 1:10 ratio of chaperones to children is required.

Visit the Daniel F. and Ada L. Plant Conservation Science Center to learn about the state-of-the-art conservation features of this remarkable building. Through problem-based learning and hands-on experiments, students will work in teams to design buildings that sustainably address the needs of urban cities in the 21st century.

Tentative activities include the following:
• Design your own Green Roof
• Hands-on assessment of Green Roof materials