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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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Scout Saturday: Earth Rocks

January 21, 2017 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

This program is for individual scouts or troops with less than six members.
 
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Feb

Homeschool Companion: Locomotion

February 01, 2017 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Discover the many ways animals move in Lake County and then take a hike to see them in action.
 
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Feb

Scout Saturday: Mammal Study Merit Badge

February 11, 2017 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Learn about the mammals that live in Lake County as you earn your Merit Badge.
 
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Feb

Scout Saturday: Senses Badge

February 25, 2017 (09:30 AM - 10:30 AM)
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Time:09:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Scout badges for individual scouts or troops with less than six members.
 
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Feb

Scout Saturday: Hiker Badge

February 25, 2017 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Scout badges for individual scouts or troops with less than six members.
 
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    Lake County Nature Cam

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


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