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Educational Resources

Broaden your horizons—teacher workshops, program previews, in-service training and other adult education opportunities are available for a variety of subjects. These unique learning opportunities address both Illinois State Learning Standards and Teacher Performance Standards. Check our calendar for upcoming programs.


Field Trips

Teachers know the value of a good excursion. School field trips give students the opportunity for authentic experiences—getting children out of the classroom and into the world to learn, discover and apply what they know. We bring both nature and history alive year-round with award winning programs and facilities. Our professional educators work hard to make every field trip a rich experience. Spaces fill up fast! Learn more »


Grants

Grants are available to help defray the cost of our programs. Our Gateways Grant program helps to defray the cost of these programs for Lake County public schools with limited financial resources, providing a program fee waiver and partial bus transportation reimbursement. In addition, numerous outside organizations provide grants that can be applied to our programs. Learn more »

Lake Education Assistance Program

This Illinois Environmental Protection Agency program provides funding of up to $500 for school and other nonprofit organization participation in lake or watershed related educational field trips, equipment and activities. Learn more »

Target Field Trip Grants

Each year, Target awards 5,000 grants of up to $800 each for field trips. Learn more »

Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grants

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources awards grants yearly to schools to assist students in visiting natural resources sites to learn about nature and conservation. Learn more »


Science Explorers in Nature

Science Explorers in Nature inspires middle school students from underserved communities to embrace science and advanced education opportunities. Each year, 36 students participate in this free four-week program. Students conduct hands-on scientific experiments, explore Lake County’s biodiversity and participate in team learning activities. Learn more »


Leave No Child Inside

This Chicago Wilderness initiative aims to connect kids with nature and the outdoors. Learn more »


Fort Sheridan | Middle School Curriculum

Fort Sheridan's rich military history and unique natural resources provide an ideal backdrop for studying topics relevant in today's social studies, science and language arts classrooms. You can download lesson plans and supporting photo cards below, or request a complete educator's kit, available for free to instructors of middle school-level students. Call 847-968-3321 or email us for details.


Continuing Professional Development

An annual open house at the Lake County Discovery Museum includes teacher training sessions for Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) with a different topic each year. The open house is free to Lake County educators and is typically held in the fall.


Pre and Post Activities

Download release forms and pre and post program activities, and grant forms below. Click "view all" to see all documents.

EVENTS

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Mar

Scout Wednesday: Indian Lore

March 29, 2017 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
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Join other Boy Scouts to learn about the history of Native American groups in Lake County while you earn the Indian Lore Merit Badge.
 
29
Mar

Scout Wednesday: Animal Habitats

March 29, 2017 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Join other Junior Girl Scouts as you go outside to learn about the homes of wild animals in Lake County, plus learn how you can help improve their habitats.
 
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Scout Wednesday: Into the Wild

March 29, 2017 (01:00 PM - 02:30 PM)
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Time:01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Work towards completing your Into the Wild badge as we discover the secret connections between local plants and animals.
 
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Scout Wednesday: Playing the Past

March 29, 2017 (01:00 PM - 02:30 PM)
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Time:01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Join other Junior Girl Scouts to learn through hands-on activities about pioneer life in Lake County and the Civil War through the eyes of Susie (Smith) Minto, who lived in Millburn.
 
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Homeschool Companion: Birds

April 05, 2017 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Learn about these amazing feathered friends flying through Lake County this spring, make a bird craft, and then take a walk to see birds in action.
 
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    Lake County Nature Blog

    Connect with seasonal nature observations on our Nature Blog »


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    Lake County Nature Cam

    See into the lives of local wildlife with the Nature Cam.


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