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Illinois Learning Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) outline the core science and engineering principles for students and teachers across Illinois public and private schools. Our hands-on Guided Programs correlate to NGSS learning objectives across all offered ages, making our field trips valuable educational experiences year-round for any curriculum. Below is a list of our Guided Programs and the standards codes that are met in each lesson.

Age Group

Guided Program

NGSS Standards

PreK – K

Discovering Plants

K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1.A

Weather Watchers

K-ESS2-1

Trees and Trains

K-LS1-1

Insect Investigations

K-LS1.C, K-ESS3-1.A

Nature’s Needs

K-LS-1-1, K-ESS3-1-A , 1-LS-1-2

1 – 2

Surprising Seeds

LS1.A, LS2.A, K-2-ETS1-2

Nature’s Needs

K-LS-1-1, K-ESS3-1-A , 1-LS-1-2

The Wonders of Worms and Soil

1-LS1-1, 1-LS1.A, 1-LS1.D

Trains & Trees

1-LS1-1

Butterflies and Bumblebees

1-LS2.A, 1-LS4.D

Water Bugs

1-LS1.A, 1-ETS1.B, 2-LS4.D

3 – 5

Tree Detectives

4-LS1-1, 3-L54-3

Flower Lab

4-LS1.A, 5-LS1.B

DIY Hydroponics

3-5-ETS1-3.B, 5-LS1-1.C, 4-LS1-1.A, 3-LS4-3.C

Partners in Pollination

LS1.A, LS1.B, LS4.C, LS4.D

Mighty Macros

5.LS2-1, 5. LS2.A

Pondering the Prairie

5-LS2.A, 4-LS4.C, 5-LS4.D

6 – 8

Lake Investigations

MS-ESS3.C, MS-LS2.C

Human Impacts and Sustainability

MS-ESSC.3

DIY Hydroponics

MS-ETS1.A, MS-ETS1-1,MS-ETS1-4,MS-LS2.A, MS-LS2-1

Photosynthesis Lab

MS-LS-1.C, MS-LS-1-6, MS-PS3.D

Pondering the Prairie

MS-LS2.C , MS-LS4-5, MS-ETS1.B

9 – 12

DIY Hydroponics

HS-ETS1.A, HS-ETS1-1

Photosynthesis Lab

HS-LS1.C, HS-LS2.B, 2-3, HS-LS-2-3

Human Impacts and Sustainability

HS-ESSC.3

Biodiversity Field Study

HS-LS2.A, HS-LS2.C, HS-LS4.D, HS-ESS3.C

Water Quality Field Study

HS-LS2.C, HS-ESS3.C, HS-LS4.D

Ecology Research Lab

HS-ETS1.C, HS-LS4.B