Field Trips On Site

Field Trip Workshops

Field Trip Workshops

Field trip workshops are guided investigations of NGSS-related phenomena led by Garden educators that are offered on-site or virtually to meet your classroom needs. Browse our workshop offerings and then choose which type of experience and season works best for your group. All workshops are 45 – 60 minutes in length unless otherwise noted. Workshops cost $140 and must be booked a minimum of three weeks in advance.

Scholarship funding to cover the workshop cost is available on a first come, first served basis for qualifying schools. Visit the Chicago Botanic Garden scholarship application to learn more and apply.

On-Site Field Trips

Field Trips On Site

On-site field trip workshops happen at the Garden and include indoor lunch space for your group. There is a maximum of 25 students and 8 adults per program. Before or after your Field Trip Workshop, your group may explore the Garden and take advantage of  tram tours and exhibitions when in season. If interested, call the Registrar's Office at (847) 835-6801 with any questions about registration.

We offer on-site workshops on most weekdays at 10 or 11:30 a.m. in fall and spring. Availability depends on current bookings. Choose the season and then select your ideal date to see available time slots.

Fall Registration

September 6 – November 18, 2022
at 10 or 11:30 a.m.
 

Spring Registration

April 3 – June 2, 2023
at 10 or 11:30 a.m.

Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Field Trip Workshops

Virtual field trips deliver Garden learning to your classroom through an online meeting platform of your choice. Each program includes a kit of materials. Once your program is booked, a Garden educator will reach out to arrange delivery of materials and online meeting connection. To ensure the quality of the experience, schools may not combine multiple classrooms into one program.

We offer virtual workshops on most weekdays at 10 or 11:30 a.m., 12:30 or 1:30 p.m. in winter; one program per time slot. Availability depends on current bookings. Choose the season and then select your ideal date to see current availability.

Winter Registration

November 28, 2022 – March 31, 2023
at 10 or 11:30 a.m., 12:30 or 1:30 p.m.

Workshop Offerings

Discovering Plants
Grade preK

On-site in fall and spring
Virtual in winter

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. (30 – 40 minutes)

IELDS: Science Learning Standards 12.A and 12.B
NGSS: K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1

Sneaky Plants
Grades K – 1

On-site in fall
Virtual in winter

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

Wonders of Worms
Grades K – 1

On-site in spring

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.

 

Surprising Seeds
Grades 2 – 3

On-site in fall

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

Flower Lab
Grades 2 – 3

On-site in spring
Virtual in winter

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

On-site in fall and spring

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

 

Carnivorous Plants
Grades 4 – 5

On-site in fall
Virtual in winter

What's going on with these plants that eat bugs?! We grow carnivorous plants at the Garden: sundews, pitcher plants, and Venus fly traps. We will introduce you to them and guide you through an experiment understand what plants need to live and grow, and why these plants trap insects.

NGSS:  4-LS1-1; 5-LS2-1

Pond Life Investigation
Grades 6 – 12

On-site in fall and spring
Only September 6 – October 28 and May 1 – June 2

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 heathy water.

NGSS: MS-LS2-4; HS-LS2-2; HS-LS2-6

Hydroponics Challenge
Grades 6 – 12

On-site in fall and spring
Virtual in winter

Can you make a system to grow plants in water? Take a video tour of the 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

 

If you are interested in registering for a field trip and have questions, please contact the Registrar's Office at (847) 835-6801 or @email.