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 workshops 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


NGSS Standards

K – 1

Sneaky Plants

K-ESS2-2, 1-LS1-1, 2-LS2-1

1 – 3

Plants Alike and Different

1-LS1-1; 2-LS4-1; 3-LS1-1; 3-LS4-3

2 – 4

Flower Lab

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

4 – 6

Carnivorous Plants

4-LS1-1; 5-LS2-1; MS-LS1-4

6 – 12

Hydroponics Challenge

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