Chicago Botanic Garden

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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

 

Guided Programs K – 2

Surprising Seeds
Pre- and Post-Trip Activities
Early Fall, Late Fall, Holiday, and Late Winter
Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – noon
$120
Maximum number of students: 30
A 1:6 ratio of chaperones to children is required.

What is inside a seed? As junior botanists, students learn about seed parts and how they work together to produce a new plant. After dissecting a seed, students will explore the Garden and pot their own seed to take home.

Tentative activities include the following:
• Seed Dissection
• Seed Dispersal Sort

Garden Groceries
Pre- and Post-Trip Activities
Early Fall
Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – noon
$120
Maximum number of students: 30
A 1:5 ratio of chaperones to children is required.

Students will discover the relationship between plant parts and the foods we eat. A garden exploration to study living examples that are in season is included. Students pot an edible plant to take home.

Tentative activities include the following:
• Plant Parts Puzzle
• Plant Parts Sorting

A Walk In the Woods
Pre- and Post-Trip Activities
Early Fall and Late Fall
Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – noon
$120
Maximum number of students: 30
A 1:6 ratio of chaperones to children is required.

Students will learn about woodland habitats and survey the Garden’s woodland using their senses and will record their observations in a field book. Woodland programs take place outdoors in McDonald Woods.

Tentative activities include the following:
• Sensory Nature Walk
• Habitat Hunt

Insect Investigation
Pre- and Post-Trip Activities
Early Fall
Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – noon
$120
Maximum number of students: 30
A 1:5 ratio of chaperones to children is required.

There is more to life in the garden than just plants. Come see the Garden through insect eyes, learn about insect characteristics, and observe unique relationships between plants and insects. Students will pot a plant to take home.

Tentative activities include the following:
• Exploring for insects
• Build-an-Insect

New! Expedition Ecosystem: The Wonders of Soil
Holiday and Late Winter
Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – noon
$120
Maximum number of students: 30
A 1:6 ratio of chaperones to children is required.

What roles does soil play in an ecosystem? Students will identify the components of healthy soil and come face-to-face with common soil-dwelling critters. Each student will leave with a potted plant.

Tentative activities include the following:
• Hands-on soil habitat investigation
• Worm encounters

New! Outrageous Orchids: Plant Part Investigation
Orchid
Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – noon
$120
Maximum number of students: 30
A 1:6 ratio of chaperones to children is required.

Discover why orchids are considered to be one of the most unique flowers in the world. Students will explore the life cycle of an orchid and discuss the scientific reasons behind the flower’s shape, size and color. Each student will leave with an orchid themed craft or plant. Admission to seasonal orchid show included.

Spring Garden Explorers
Spring
Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – noon
$120
Maximum number of students: 30
A 1:5 ratio of chaperones to children is required.

Students will be immersed in hands-on adventures relating to plants and their role in the ecosystem. Discovery stations in diverse Garden areas facilitate an exciting outdoor, garden-based experience with plants and the environment.

Tentative activities include the following:
• Potting a plant to take home
• Hands-on water quality investigation
• Q-tip Pollination

Guided Programs pre-k – 2

Trees and Trains
Holiday
Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – noon
$120
Maximum number of students: 25
A 1:5 ratio of chaperones to children is required.

Explore the enchanting Wonderland Express exhibition and learn more about evergreen trees and their adaptations to the change in seasons. Students will take home a special holiday craft.

Tentative activities include the following:
• Wonderland Express Scavenger Hunt
• Evergreen Sorting

Guided Programs 3 – 5

Flower Lab
Pre- and Post-Trip Activities
Early Fall, Late Fall, Holiday, Late Winter
Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – noon
$120
Maximum number of students: 30
A 1:7 ratio of chaperones to children is required.

Why do some plants make flowers? As junior botanists, students learn about flower parts and how flowers, with pollinators’ help, produce seeds. Students will pot a flower to take home and also look for flowers in the Garden.

Tentative activities include the following:
• Flower Dissection
• Guided Garden Explorations

Pondering the Prairie
Pre- and Post-Trip Activities
Early Fall
Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – noon
$120
Maximum number of students: 30
A 1:7 ratio of chaperones to children is required.

Students explore the prairie, focusing on plant adaptations and ecosystem interactions by comparing two prairie types. Prairie programs take place outdoors in the Dixon Prairie.

Tentative activities include the following:
• Using tools to measure soil and air
• Using tools to determine plant diversity

Forest Fundamentals
Pre- and Post-Trip Activities
Early Fall, Late Fall
Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – noon
$120
Maximum number of students: 30
A 1:7 ratio of chaperones to children is required.

During your nature walk, find evidence of seasonal change, food chains, and nutrient cycles. Students record their observations in a field journal. Woodland programs take place outdoors in McDonald Woods.

Tentative activities include the following:
• Food-chain Relay
• Woodland Scavenger Hunt

New! Outrageous Orchids: Peculiar Pollinators
Orchid
Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – noon
$120
Maximum number of students: 30
A 1:6 ratio of chaperones to children is required.

From deceptive scents to vibrant colors, orchids have evolved to attract a wide variety of pollinating creatures. Through hands-on activities, students will experience a day in the life of an orchid pollinator as they test nectar sugar levels and identify attractive petal colors and scents. Each student will leave with an orchid-themed craft or plant. Admission to seasonal orchid show included.

Plant Propagation
Pre- and Post-Trip Activities
Late Winter
Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – noon
$120
Maximum number of students: 30
A 1:6 ratio of chaperones to children is required.

Clone a new plant from part of another one! Compare and experiment with some different methods for propagating plants that we use at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Plant a stem cutting to take home and watch the roots grow.

Tentative activities include the following:
• Propagation Sorting
• Baggie Terrariums

Spring Garden Explorers
Spring
Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – noon
$120
Maximum number of students: 30
A 1:5 ratio of chaperones to children is required.

Students will be immersed in hands-on adventures relating to plants and their role in the ecosystem. Discovery stations in diverse Garden areas facilitate an exciting outdoor, garden-based experience with plants and the environment.

Tentative activities include the following:
• Potting a plant to take home
• Hands-on water quality investigatio
• Q-tip Pollination