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Field Trip Guided Fall

September 4 – November 16, 2018
Monday – Friday
10 – 11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$140/$50 deposit

Maximum class size per program: 30 students, 8 Adults (1:5 ratio is preferred)
Includes an indoor lunch space after program

Experience hands-on plant science aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards while on a field trip at the Garden! Our trained facilitators teach age-appropriate, seasonal programs (maximum four simultaneous programs per time slot).

Guided field trips must be booked a minimum of four weeks in advance, and full payment is due three weeks prior to your field trip. To purchase tickets in advance for the Model Railroad Garden or School Tram, call (847) 835-6801. Groups can pay on site for the Model Railroad Garden at the group rate with a copy of the field trip confirmation letter. Fee: $3 per person

(O) most of the class will be taught outside; please dress for the weather
(I) class will be an indoor lab experience

DISCOVERING PLANTS Junior botanists investigate plant parts and try to figure out how plants get what they need to survive. They observe patterns in the plant world and use different experiences—like acting out a plant’s life cycle—to represent the relationship between form and function in plants. (O)

NEW! WEATHER WATCHERS What is the day’s weather? Students investigate weather patterns using tools to measure precipitation, temperature, and wind. (O)

Grades 1-2
SURPRISING SEEDS Ever wonder how plants disperse seeds? Discover and examine different seed shapes that enable plants to get around. Compare seed structures and functions and test different ways seeds disperse! (I)

THE WONDERS OF WORMS AND SOIL Examine what role worms play in an ecosystem and investigate the components of healthy soil. Observe worms and their structures to understand why they are important soil-dwelling creatures. (O)

Grades 3-5
PONDERING THE PRAIRIE Students explore the Garden’s Dixon Prairie to learn about plant adaptations and ecosystem interactions. Their observations provide evidence to explain why these plants survive well in a prairie habitat and to argue that the structure of these plants supports survival, growth, and reproduction. (O)

FLOWER LAB Why do plants make flowers? Students dissect flowers to examine their external structures. They gather evidence for how certain flower characteristics help attract pollinators so the plant can make seeds. Models are used to describe the life cycle of a flowering plant. (I)

Grades 6-8
PONDERING THE PRAIRIE Students visit the Garden’s Dixon Prairie to study and observe the amazing adaptations of plants that live there. Observations provide students with evidence that specialized plant structures improve the plants’ chances of survival. Changes in the conditions of an ecosystem affect both plants and animals. (O)

LAKE INVESTIGATIONS Students examine water samples from Garden lakes, using observations of biotic and abiotic conditions, chemical tests, and aquatic organisms to determine the lake’s ecological health. As they learn to identify and use aquatic macroinvertebrates as indicators of water quality, they build evidence to prove that changes to the conditions in this ecosystem affect the populations that live there. (I)

Grades 9-12
WATER QUALITY FIELD STUDY Analyze environmental conditions by quantifying the general health of an aquatic ecosystem. This lab supplies students with evidence to explain how stable conditions produce stable populations. They will collect data to explain how environmental factors affect biodiversity on different scales. (I)

BIODIVERSITY FIELD STUDY Students learn about the importance of biodiversity and land management across the Garden’s Dixon Prairie. The experience provides evidence for students to make claims about prairie plant adaptations and ecosystem stability. (O)

September 4 – November 16, 2018
Monday – Friday

Field Trips | Guided Field Trips

E.g., Saturday, December 15 2018