Field Trip On-Site Workshop: Spring

Field Trips On Site

Field Trip On-Site Workshop: Spring

April 3 – June 2, 2023
Monday – Friday: 10 or 11:30 a.m.
(no programs May 3 or 29)

$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) and Butterflies & Blooms (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend) 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

Wonders of Worms
Grades K – 1
What do you mean, worms don’t eat dirt?! Investigate worms and their structures to understand how they survive in the soil and learn some surprising facts about these marvelous organisms.

Flower Lab
Grades 2 – 3 
What is the reason for a flower, and how does it do its job? Become scientists through a guided dissection of a real flower to look for patterns in form and function that reveal what the different parts do.
NGSS: 2-LS2-2; 3-LS1-1; 4-LS1-1

Tropical Plant Paradise
Grades 4 – 5
What makes tropical plants suited to their environment? Observe the characteristics of plants that grow in the tropics and explain how these structures help them survive in warm, humid conditions.
NGSS: 4-LS1-1, 5-LS1-1, 5-LS2-2

Pond Life Investigation
May 1 through June 2 only
Grades 6 – 12 
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.

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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