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. 

On-Site Field Trips

On-site field trip workshops happen at the Chicago Botanic 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, and at 10 a.m. in winter. Availability depends on current bookings. Choose the season and then select your ideal date to see available time slots.  

Fall  

September 13 – November 19, 2021, at either 10 or 11:30 a.m. 

Winter 

November 29, 2021 – March 18, 2022, at 10 a.m. 

Spring 

March 21 – June 10, 2022, at either 10 or 11:30 a.m. 


Virtual Field Trips

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 12:30 or 1:30 p.m. in fall and spring, and 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.

Fall  

September 13 – November 19, 2021, at either 10 or 11:30 a.m. 

Winter 

November 29, 2021 – March 18, 2022, at 10 a.m. 

Spring 

March 21 – June 10, 2022, at either 10 or 11:30 a.m. 

 

Workshop Offerings 

Grades preK – K: Discovering Plants Grades

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 

 

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? Become scientists, doing a guided flower dissection on 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 

 

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 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