Field Trip On-Site Workshop: Fall

Field Trips - Fall

Field Trip On-Site Workshop: Fall

September 6 – November 18, 2022
Monday – Friday: 10 or 11:30 a.m.
(no programs October 10 or November 11)

$140 per class

Field trip workshops are 45- to 60-minute investigations of NGSS-related phenomena. These are available at 10 or 11:30 a.m. (maximum four simultaneous programs per time slot). Workshops include an indoor lunch space for your group after the workshop. 

Field Trip workshops must be booked a minimum of three weeks in advance; full payment is due at time of scheduling. Select a workshop topic at checkout. Please call our field trip registrar at (847) 835-6801 if you have any registration questions. 

Maximum class size per program: 25 students, 5 adults

Before or after your workshop, explore the rest of the Garden with your class. Small, chaperoned groups may visit the Model Railroad Garden (early May through early October) free of charge. Note: Exhibition entry is first-come, first-served, and based on availability. Only small, chaperoned groups will be admitted at a time and entry ticket must be shown at the ticket booth to receive the discount. On busy days, expect there to be a wait. Exhibitions are open daily, weather permitting.

Grades preK – 12
Learning Center

Discovering Plants
Grade preK
30 – 40 minutes
How do the parts of a plant help it get the things it needs to grow? Transplant a flowering plant and get ready to take care of it at home.
IELDS: Science Learning Standards 12.A and 12.B
NGSS: K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1

Sneaky Plants
Grades K – 1
How and why do plants change the spaces they live in? We will show you places in the Garden where plants have affected their environment and challenge you to figure out why.
NGSS: K-ESS2-2, 1-LS1-1, 2-LS2-1

Surprising Seeds
Grades 2 – 3 
How do plants magically appear in new spots? Seeds have amazing ways to get around. Compare seed structures and functions and test different ways seeds disperse! 
NGSS: 2-LS2-2; 3-LS4-3

Carnivorous Plants
Grades 4 – 5
What's going on with these plants that eat bugs?! We will introduce you to sundews, pitcher plants, and Venus flytraps and guide you through an experiment to understand what plants need and why carnivorous plants trap insects.
NGSS: 4-LS1-1; 5-LS2-1

Pond Life Investigation
Grades 6 – 12
September 6 through October 28 only 
How can we tell if a body of water is healthy? Assess water quality by measuring the biodiversity of organisms found in the Garden’s lakes and learn how certain species are indicators of healthy water. 
NGSS: MS-LS2-4; HS-LS2-2; HS-LS2-6

Hydroponics Challenge
Grades 6 – 12
Can you make a system to grow plants in water? Take a video tour of Windy City Harvest’s aquaponics system, learn the basics of growing plants in water, and then work with a Garden educator to design a small hydroponics system in your classroom.
NGSS: MS-LS2-4; MS-ETS1-1, 2, 3; HS-ETS1-1,2,3

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