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Guided Field Trip Programs

Guided Programs are 60-minutes of hands-on activities aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards that focus on the plants and habitats found at the Garden. Each Guided Program guarantees an indoor lunch space for your group. Guided programs must be booked a minimum of four weeks in advance, and full payment is due three weeks prior to your field trip.

Guided Programs 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 guided programs is discouraged, but if necessary, split students and adults ahead of time into guided programs. Winter Guided Field Trip programs will be offered at a reduced price of $100 per program.

All Guided Programs are 60 minutes. We offer four programs at 10 a.m. and four programs at 11:30 a.m. on most weekdays, though availability depends on current bookings. Select your ideal date to see number available programs 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.

Before or after your guided program, 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.

Guided Programs 2018-19 Schedule

Fall: Sept. 4 – Nov. 16, 2018

PreK – K

Discovering Plants (O)

Weather Watchers (O)

Grades 1 – 2

Surprising Seeds (I)

The Wonders of Worms and Soil (O)

Grades 3 – 5

Flower Lab (I)

Pondering the Prairie (O)

Grades 6 – 8

Lake Investigations (I)

Pondering the Prairie (O)

Grades 9 – 12

Water Quality Field Study (I)

Biodiversity Field Study (O)

Early Winter: Nov. 26 – Dec. 21, 2018

PreK – K

 

Trees and Trains (I)

Insect Investigation (I)

Grades 1 – 2

Trees and Trains (I)

Insect Investigation (I)

Grades 3 – 5

DIY Hydroponics (I)

Tree Detectives (O)

Grades 6 – 8

DIY Hydroponics (I)

Photosynthesis Lab (I)

Grades 9 – 12

DIY Hydroponics (I)

Human Impacts and Sustainability (I)

Winter: Jan. 7 - Mar. 8, 2019

PreK – K

 

Insect Investigation (I)

Nature's Needs (I)

Grades 1 – 2

 

Insect Investigation (I)

Nature's Needs (I)

Grades 3 – 5

 

DIY Hydroponics (I)

Tree Detectives (O)

Grades 6 – 8

 

DIY Hydroponics (I)

Photosynthesis Lab (I)

Grades 9 – 12

 

DIY Hydroponics (I)

Human Impacts and Sustainability (I)

Early Spring: Mar. 11 - Apr. 19, 2019

PreK – K

Discovering Plants (O)

Insect Investigation (I)

Grades 1 – 2

Surprising Seeds (I)

The Wonders of Worms and Soil (O)

Grades 3 – 5

Flower Lab (I)

Tree Detectives (O)

Grades 6 – 8

Human Impacts and Sustainability (I)

Photosynthesis Lab (I)

Grades 9 – 12

Human Impacts and Sustainability (I)

Ecology Research Lab (I)

Spring: April 22 - June 7, 2019

PreK – K

Discovering Plants (O)

Weather Watchers (O)

Grades 1 – 2

Butterflies and Bumble bees (O)

Water Bugs (I)

Grades 3 – 5

Partners in Pollination (O)

Mighty Macros (I)

Grades 6 – 8

Lake Investigations (I)

Pondering the Prairie (O)

Grades 9 – 12

Water Quality Field Study (I)

Biodiversity Field Study (O)