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Reptiles and Amphibians

We offer expertly guided, hands-on school and scout programs throughout Lake County.

Our school programs are designed to address Illinois State Learning Standards and can be customized to fit your needs. Programs offer hands-on learning incorporating science, social studies, history and language arts, and feature experts, local historians and naturalists. 

In addition to field trips, our environmental education programs and staff are packed and ready to travel. Programs are economically priced and designed for one classroom of students. Programs are available at convenient locations throughout the county to minimize bus transport. Special discounts are available for multiple programs booked in a single day—call 847-968-3321 for details.

Browse available school and scout programs online, and sign up for our educator enews to find special offerings year-round. Registration for our popular programs begins July 1, so you can have field trip plans in place before the rush of the new school year begins.

Teacher Open House

Attend a spring or fall Teacher Open House to learn about programs and resources for your class, and take part in teacher training sessions with Museum and Environmental education staff. Up to 2 CPDUs available. Check our calendar for dates or sign up for our educator email list below.


History and Museum School & Scout

Check our Museum School & Scout section for additional programs.


Field Trips

Environmental Field Trips Grade Fall Winter Spring
Animal Adaptations Grades 3-8
Animals in Winter Age 3-Grade 1    
Birds Age 3-Grade 12
Farm Discovery (Self-Guided) Age 4-Grade 2  
Fish Grades 6-9  
Get Ready for Fishing Grades 6-12    
Gift of the Glaciers Grades 6-8  
Going Green Grades 7-12
Homes Age 3-Grade 2
Insects and Spiders Grades 1-8  
Lake Ecology Grades 6-12  
Lives of the Voyageurs Grades 4-12  
Mammals Age 3-Grade 12
Maple Syruping Age 4-Grade 12    
Maple Syruping (Self-Guided) Age 4-Grade 12    
Plant Life Cycles Grades 1-4
Pond Study Grades 4-12  
Prairie Sampler Grades 3-8    
Predator/Prey Grades 3-12
Reptiles and Amphibians Age 3–Grade 6
Touch of Nature (Self-Guided) Age 3–Grade 2  
Web of Life Grades 3-6  


EnviroPatrol Field Trips Grade Fall Winter Spring
EnviroPatrol Sampler Grades 3-9  


Ranger Programs Grade/Scout Group Fall Winter Spring Summer
Bicycle Safety and Rodeo Various Scout Groups
Fingerprinting Various Scout Groups
Ice Safety Grades K-5, Scouts  
Map and Compass Various Scout Groups
Plant and Animal Identification Various Scout Groups
What a Ranger Does Grades K-5


In-School Programs

Environmental In-School Grade Fall Winter Spring
Animals of Lake County Grades 1-4  
Bats Age 3-Grade 4  
Birds of Prey Grades 3-8  
Butterflies Age 3–Grade 4  
Endangered Species Grades 3-8  
Geology Throughout Time Grades 6-8  
Reptiles and Amphibians Age 3–Grade 2  
Skulls Grades 5–8  
Spiders Age 4–Grade 4  
Surviving Winter Grades 4–6  


Scout Programs

Scout Programs Scout Group Fall Winter Spring
Animal Habitats Junior Girl Scouts  
Bugs Badge Brownie Girl Scouts  
Flowers Junior Girl Scouts  
Forester Webelos
Forester (Self-Guided) Webelos  
Geologist Webelos
Hiker Badge Brownie Girl Scouts  
Naturalist Webelos
Senses Brownie Girl Scouts
Sharing Your World with Wildlife Bear Scouts  
Water and Soil Conservation Bear Scouts  


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