ALL IN-PERSON PROGRAMS ARE CANCELED. VIRTUAL PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE.
Virtual Field Trips
Educators are working on curriculum support for teachers. These resources help teachers with their classroom’s e-learning, supporting topics they had chosen as their field trips. History and nature virtual field trips are available, if interested in booking any of these virtual field trips below or learning more please email AskAnEducator@LCFPD.org. Each program is 30 minutes long. $30 for first classroom, $20 for additional classrooms (max 3 classrooms per field trip).
Learn how adaptations help animals survive in their habitats during this virtual field trip. Through the use of animal skins and other biofacts, students will understand the difference between physical and behavioral adaptations of some of our Illinois backyard residents. They will then become scientists and identify the adaptations of a live animal visitor.
What makes a bird a bird? Through the use of natural artifacts, study skins and a visit with a live bird, we introduce your students to the unique characteristics and adaptations of birds with a focus on local birds of prey.
Students will observe chemical tests and learn why we test for these factors. They will then analyze the data to see if different animals can live at the lake based on these abiotic factors.
Lake Ecology: Biotic Factors with pond animals
Students will look at Macroinvertebrates caught from the Lake at Independence Grove and ID them. They will then evaluate the data to see if the lake is healthy based on biotic factors.
Lake Ecology: Watersheds
Students will observe a demonstration of our Enviroscape model and learn how the use around a watershed can affect the water body itself.
Plant Life Cycles
Through the study of the plant life cycle, students learn the important ways plants and animals rely on each other. Seeds and animal study skins are used to introduce plant needs, pollination and seed dispersal.
Students will learn about the work of paleontologists, examine fossil casts, and discover the dinosaurs that lived in Lake County.
Explore the daily lives of early settlers through object-based inquiry. Students will learn about the importance of school, work, and community. We’ll also take a look at what early settlers did for fun.
The Ice Age
Examine fossil casts and artifacts to find out more about the animals and people that lived in our area during the last Ice Age.
Using artifacts and other primary sources, students learn about the daily life of the Potawatomi. We’ll look at Potawatomi food, clothing, shelter and more.
Lake County: Past to Present
Explore the development of Lake County through time by examining artifacts that illustrate the area’s history.
Civil War Technology
Learn about the impact of technological advances during the Civil War. We’ll examine the use of military reconnaissance balloons, the Gatling gun and the Hunley submarine.
We offer expertly guided, hands-on school programs throughout Lake County.
Our school programs are designed to address Illinois Learning Standards and can be customized to fit your needs. Programs offer hands-on learning incorporating science, social studies, history and language arts, and feature experts, local historians and naturalists.
In addition to field trips, our education programs and staff are packed and ready to travel. Programs are economically priced and designed for one classroom of students. Programs are available at convenient locations throughout the county to minimize bus transport. Special discounts are available for multiple programs booked in a single day—begin by filling out our program inquiry form or call 847-968-3321 for details.
Environmental Education Museum Education
Browse available school and scout programs and sign up for our educator e-newsletter for special offerings year-round. Registration for our popular programs begins July 1, so you can have field trip plans in place before the rush of the new school year begins.
Learn about the registration process
View the list of Illinois Science Standards covered by our programs
Teacher Open House
Attend a spring or fall Teacher Open House to learn about programs and resources for your class, and take part in teacher training sessions with Museum and Environmental education staff. Up to two CPDUs available. Check our calendar for dates or sign up for our educator email list.
Ask An Educator
Are you teaching a unit on threatened and endangered species and want to feature local examples? Does your class have questions about pioneer settlers in Lake County? We can help.
Submit questions about Lake County’s natural and human history to AskAnEducator@LCFPD.org and we will respond to your inquiry.
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