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Lake Ecology

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Grade 6–12

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 form a complete picture of overall water quality of our lake. Weather permitting, they paddle our 34-foot canoe and use specialized tools to collect water samples and do chemical tests. Another station has students collect, identify and categorize the animal life in the lake to add to the bigger picture of water quality. Students also take a walk to learn how land uses impact water quality and then use the information to formulate a solution to a lake water quality issue. Waiver and release forms are required.

Field Trip

Runs 4.5 hours.

Location: Independence Grove, Libertyville or Van Patten Woods, Wadsworth

Program Pricing Resident   Nonresident
Per group $218 $290

45 students, 6 adults/group maximum.

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

• 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.


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