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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


Science with Your Senses

LS1, ESS3.A**

Trees and Trains

LS1, ESS3.A***

Orchids: Sensational Explorers

LS1, ESS3.A***

1 – 2

Surprising Seeds

LS1.A, LS2.A

Nature’s Needs

LS1.A, LS2.A

The Wonders of Worms and Soil

LS1.A, LS2.A

Trains & Trees

LS1.A, LS4.D

Butterflies and Bumblebees

LS1.A, LS2.A, LS4.D

Water Bugs

LS1.A, ETS1.B, LS4.D

3 – 5

Tree Detectives

LS4.C, LS4.D

Flower Lab

LS1.A, LS1.B

The Wonders of Worms and Soil

LS1.A, LS2.C

Orchids: Plant Part Investigation

LS1.A, LS3.B, LS4.D

Partners in Pollintation

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

Might Macros

LS1.B, LS2.A, LS4.D

6 – 8

Pondering the Prairie

LS2.A, LS4.C, LS4.D

Lake Investigations

LS2.A, LS4.D, ESS3.C

Plant Propagation

LS1.A, LS4.C

Orchids: Peculiar Pollinators

LS1.A, LS2.A, LS4.C

Pollinator Preferences

LS2.A, LS4.C, LS4.D

Photosynthesis Lab

LS1.A, LS1.C, LS4.C, PS3.D

9 – 12

Water Quality

LS2.A, LS4.D, ESS3.C

Biodiversity Field Study

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

Photosynthesis Lab

LS1.A, LS1.C, LS4.C, PS3.D

Ecosystems & Adaptations

LS2.A, LS4.C, LS4.D

Outrageous Orchids: The Mighty Rainforest

LS2.A, LS4.C, LS4.D

*ELS: 11.A, 12.A, 12.B
**ELS: 11.A, 13.A
***ELS: 11.A, 12.A, 13.B