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Lake Ecology

LakeEcologyGrades 6–12, Illinois Learning Standards 1C, 4A,B, 6A,B,C,D, 10A, 11A,B, 12E, 13A,B, 15E, 17C, 21A,B, 22C
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Students work as a research team to determine the health of the lake for plants and animals. Paddle our 34-foot canoe and use specialized tools to collect water samples and do chemical tests. Examine soil around the lake, analyze how water moves through it and learn the implications for water quality. Visit our Enviroscape and learn the connection between land use and water quality. Once you have taken Lake Ecology, learn how animals relate to the lake environment by taking Fish or Pond Study.

Forest Preserve education staff realize the excitement and anticipation students and teachers feel when joining us for a floating classroom program, but there are circumstances when it is unsafe to include the canoe portion of the program. In the event that canoe use is not possible, staff is prepared with additional activities to present a complete education program.

Waiver and Release forms are required for all students attending this program. Download the waiver »


Floating classroom programs are primarily held at Independence Grove in Libertyville, but are also offered on Sterling Lake at Van Patten Woods in Wadsworth on May 8, 9, 11 and 12. This program is typically offered September–early October, and late April–May.


$205 ($290 nonresident) 4 hours, 45 students, 6 adults/group max


Reservations are taken by phone at 847-968-3321. Make reservations now—plan early to help ensure you get a schedule that meets your needs. Learn more »

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