Virtual Field Trip: Spring

March 29 – June 11, 2021 (no programs May 31)
Monday – Friday
Online meeting call arranged after registration, 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

$140 per class

Virtual field trips deliver Garden learning to your classroom through an online meeting platform of your choice. Each program includes a short video, a kit of materials, and a one-hour online lesson with a Garden educator that engages students in an investigation of NGSS-related natural phenomena found at the Garden. Financial aid is available to cover fees for schools serving low-income populations.

Field Trip workshops must be booked a minimum of three weeks in advance, and full payment is due at time of registration. Please call our field trip registrar if you have any registration questions: (847) 835-6801

Grades K-12
Online

Sneaky Plants (Grades K-1)
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

Plants Alike and Different (Grades 1-3)
What do all plants have in common, and what do they need to grow? See some wonderful and strange plants we have growing at the Garden and discover what they all have in common.
NGSS: 1-LS1-1; 2-LS4-1; 3-LS1-1; 3-LS4-3

Flower Lab (Grades 2-4)
What is the reason for a flower, and how does it do its job? View a gorgeous video of blooming plants at the Garden, and then become a scientist in your classroom, doing a guided flower dissection on a real flower to understand what the different parts do.
NGSS: 2-LS2-2; 3-LS1-1; 4-LS1-1

Carnivorous Plants (Grades 4-6)
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

Hydroponics Challenge (Grades 6-12)
Can you design a system to grow plants in water? Get 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 system hydroponics system in your classroom.
NGSS: MS-LS2-4; MS-ETS1-1, 2, 3; HS-ETS1-1,2,3

March 29 – June 11, 2021 (no programs May 31)

E.g., Saturday, January 16 2021