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Pond Study

Instructor working with children to catch wildlife in a pond with nets

Grades 4–12
Illinois Learning Standards

Available late May–early October.

Use nets to catch tadpoles, snails and dragonfly nymphs. Budding scientists work with microscopes and identification keys to examine their catch and observe the interactions among organisms. Students will use species diversity to assess the pond’s health.

Field Trip

Runs 1.5 hours.

Location: Captain Daniel Wright Woods, Mettawa

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.


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