|Year Round Field Trips|
Learn the basics of bird identification through sight and song while “birding” with binoculars in the forest, prairie, and wetlands.
Students explore the impact of exotic species and assist our site manger in removal of such species.
Curious About Critters and other Creepy Crawlies
Children will learn about the diversity of creatures that live in Illinois and use magnifying glasses to search high and low for the biggest and smallest of critters in our area.
The Prairie State
Explore the plants and animals that make their home in the prairie and play a predator prey game while in the midst of this tallgrass. Investigate the natural history of this interdependent yet disappearing ecosystem through plant identification and uses.
Children will explore the wonders of nature through sensory awareness activities while on a short trail hike.
Tales of the Trails
This storytelling adventure allows participants to visualize our state history through a large 3-D floor map on how the land of Illinois changed over time with glaciers, settling of pioneers and the introduction of invasive species. This program concludes with a hike through the three dominant habitats of Illinois; wetlands, woodlands and the prairie and includes a small conservation project for your class.
Learn about the importance of trees to humans and the environment through interactive games and activities.
Investigate Mother Nature’s Basement while learning about decomposition and the F. (fungus), B. (bacteria), and I. (insects) and their healthy benefits to our soil ecosystem.