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Guided Programs Grades 9 – 12

Guided Field Trip Programs 6-12

$120 per class
Monday through Friday, seasonally
10 – 11:30 a.m. for 90-minute programs
A 1:10 ratio of chaperones to students is required.
Maximum number of students: 30

Water Quality Field Study (90 Minutes)
Fall until 10/16, Spring
Scientists use multiple sources of data to assess the health of aquatic ecosystems. Identify and count macroinvertebrates, conduct chemical assessments, and analyze the data collected to make claims about water quality.
Pre- and Post-Trip Activities

Biodiversity Field Study (90 Minutes)
Fall until 10/16, Spring
Compare the species richness and diversity of various areas in the Garden’s Dixon Prairie. Students learn to use systematic sampling techniques and observation skills to collect data about diversity and how to critically analyze what that data means about ecosystem health.

Photosynthesis Lab (90 Minutes)
Holiday, Early Spring
Examine the process of photosynthesis and its connection to cellular respiration. Students use scientific equipment to view stomata on leaves and measure gas exchange. Generate and analyze graphs of the data collected.
NGSS: LS1.A, LS1.C, LS4.C, PS3.D

Ecosystems and plant adaptations (90 Minutes)
Holiday, Early Spring
Plants can survive and even thrive in challenging environmental conditions. Investigate how plants are adapted to abiotic factors in their environment by comparing and contrasting their characteristics and the conditions in which they live.
NGSS: LS1.A, LS1.C, LS4.C, PS3.D

Outrageous Orchids: The Mighty Rainforest (90 Minutes)
Orchid Show
Step out of the classroom and into the rainforest. Students will take an in-depth look at rainforest plant adaptations and critically analyze the relationships between biotic and abiotic factors within the biome. Each student will pot a plant to take home. Admission to the Orchid Show is included.