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Lake Ecology

Illinois Science Standards »

Available late April–May, and September–early October.

Students take on the role of limnologists and study abiotic and biotic factors to determine water quality. Paddle our 34-foot canoe and use specialized tools to collect water samples and do chemical tests. Study watersheds and their impact on water quality while taking a walk around the lake. Students use the information gathered to formulate a solution to a lake water quality issue. Collect, identify and categorize the animal life in the lake to form a complete picture of overall water quality. Waiver and release forms are required for all students attending this program.

FIELD TRIP Grades 6–12

4.5 Hours

Independence Grove, Libertyville
Van Patten Woods, Wadsworth


Pricing: 45 students and 6 aduts/group max

  Resident Non-Resident
Per Group $218 $290

• If the full 4.5-hour program is not the right fit for your group, contact our staff at 847-968-3321 to discuss a customized, shortened Lake Ecology field trip to meet your specific curriculum needs and time constraints.


30-45 minutes

Pricing: Groups must attend the same program on the same date.

  Resident Non-Resident
Group One $30 $60
Each Additional Group $20 $30
Gateways Grants-elgible Schools $20  
Gateways Grants-elgible Schools Additional Group $10