Field Trip Workshops

Field Trip Workshops are seasonal school programs at the Garden, featuring 60-minute hands-on activities aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards that focus on the plants and habitats found at the Garden. Each workshop guarantees an indoor lunch space for your group. Workshops must be booked a minimum of three weeks in advance, and full payment is due two weeks prior to your field trip.

Field Trip Workshops typically cost $140 per class. Available programs vary with the season and current bookings. Programs for grades preK – 12 have a maximum of 30 students. Chaperone-to-student ratios depend on grade level, with a maximum of eight chaperones per class, though generally a 1:5 ratio is ideal. Combining classrooms into fewer workshops is discouraged, but if necessary, split students and adults ahead of time into their scheduled workshops.  Schedule a Winter Field Trip Workshop at a reduced price of $100 per class.

Most Workshops are 60 minutes. We offer four workshops at 10 a.m. and four workshops at 11:30 a.m. on most weekdays, though availability depends on current bookings. Select your ideal date to see the number available time slots at 10 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. To reserve the dates for your programs, you can pay in full or select the $50 deposit option, which is due at checkout. Pondering the Prairie and Unearth Science Workshops are two hours long and have limited availability.

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.

Please read the Guided Program Checklist and Policies before your field trip.

(O) most of the class will be taught outside; please dress for the weather (I) class will be an indoor lab experience

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Virtual Field Trips 2020-21 Schedule

Fall: October 19 – December 18, 2020
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Grades K – 1

Sneaky Plants

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

Grades 2 – 4

Flower Lab

What is the reason for a flower, and how does it do its job? View a gorgeous video of blooming plants at the Garden, and then become a scientist in your classroom, doing a guided flower dissection on a real flower to understand what the different parts do.

NGSS: 2-LS2-2; 3-LS1-1; 4-LS1-1

Grades 4 – 6

Carnivorous Plants

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; MS-LS1-4

Winter: January 4 – March 26, 2021
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Grades K – 1

 

Sneaky Plants

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

Grades 2 – 4

Flower Lab

What is the reason for a flower, and how does it do its job? View a gorgeous video of blooming plants at the Garden, and then become a scientist in your classroom, doing a guided flower dissection on a real flower to understand what the different parts do.

NGSS: 2-LS2-2; 3-LS1-1; 4-LS1-1

Grades 4 – 6

Carnivorous Plants

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; MS-LS1-4

Grades 6 – 12

Hydroponics Challenge

Can you design a system to grow plants in water? Get 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 system hydroponics system in your classroom.

NGSS: MS-LS2-4; MS-ETS1-1, 2, 3; HS-ETS1-1,2,3

Spring Workshops: March 29 – June 11, 2021
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Grades K – 1

 

Sneaky Plants

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

Grades 2 – 4

Flower Lab

What is the reason for a flower, and how does it do its job? View a gorgeous video of blooming plants at the Garden, and then become a scientist in your classroom, doing a guided flower dissection on a real flower to understand what the different parts do.

NGSS: 2-LS2-2; 3-LS1-1; 4-LS1-1

Grades 4 – 6

Carnivorous Plants

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; MS-LS1-4

Grades 6 – 12

Hydroponics Challenge

Can you design a system to grow plants in water? Get 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 system hydroponics system in your classroom.

NGSS: MS-LS2-4; MS-ETS1-1, 2, 3; HS-ETS1-1,2,3