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Field Trip Guided Spring

April 22 - June 7, 2019
Monday – Friday
10 – 11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$140/$50 deposit

Max 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 (max four simultaneous programs per time slot).

Guided field trips must be booked a minimum of three weeks in advance, and full payment is due two weeks prior to your field trip. To purchase tickets in advance for Butterflies & Blooms, Model Railroad Garden, or School Tram, call (847) 835-6801. Groups can pay on site for Butterflies & Blooms and 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
BUTTERFLIES AND BUMBLEBEES Discover the wonderful world of pollinators. They explore the Garden from the perspective of a bee or butterfly and act out how flowers are pollinated. Students might even observe pollinating insects in action. (O)

WATER BUGS Investigate the amazing creatures living in our lakes. See how many flying insects begin life under water as larvae or nymphs that are similar to—but not exactly like—their winged parents. Discover what they tell us about the health of the water. (I)

Grades 3-5
PARTNERS IN POLLINATION Discover the amazing connection between pollinators and flowers. Students examine pollinator behavior and the variety of strategies flowers use to attract pollinators. They observe examples of how certain flower characteristics appeal to particular pollinators, and they gather evidence to support their claims. (O)

MIGHTY MACROS Students examine organisms that live in the Garden’s lakes and use a model to understand how changes in the lake can affect the animals that live there. They learn how scientists count the number and variety of organisms they find in a lake to determine the water quality. (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 of 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)

April 22 - June 7, 2019
Monday – Friday

Field Trips | Guided Field Trips

E.g., Saturday, February 16 2019