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Animal Adaptions


Grade 3–8

Illinois Learning Standards

Available in year-round.

What do "playing dead" and cheek pouches have in common? Both are adaptations animals use for survival. Learn how adaptations help animals survive. With animal skins and other biofacts, students will understand the difference between physical and behavioral adaptations of some of our Illinois backyard residents.

Field Trip

Runs 1.5 hours.

Students search for camouflaged animals during an outdoor walk. A variety of animal skins shows how well wildlife is suited for its habitat. Outdoor activities illustrate unique behavioral adaptations.


Program Pricing Resident   Nonresident
Per Group $50 $86

For schools eligible for the Gateways Grant program, the program fee is waived and a transportation stipend is issued after the program date.

Virtual Program

Runs 30-45 minutes.

Become scientists and identify the adaptations of a live animal visitor.

Program Pricing Resident   Nonresident
First Classroom $30 $60
Additional Classroom* $20 $30
Gateways Grant-Eligible Schools Resident   Nonresident
First Classroom $20 N/A
Additional Classroom* $10 N/A

*Groups must attend the same program on the same date.


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