School Programs In-Person

School Programs In-Person in Your Classroom

One of our highly educated, professional program leaders will travel to your school to deliver a classroom program about natural sciences and DuPage County's cultural history. Programs are designed to meet national learning standards, including Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. 

Program reservations for the 2021 – 2022 academic year are now open. We offer programs throughout the academic year (Sept. 1 through June 1), and most are available Monday through Friday.

View the available classroom programs and descriptions below. Then, click the green button to complete and submit a form to request a school program in your classroom.

Request an In-Person School Program

Preschool

Wildlife and You

Wildlife and You

This program increases students’ interest and awareness in the natural world, and emphasizes the importance of respecting wildlife and the proper ways to interact with and observe native wildlife. One-hour interactive program for 10 – 30 students. $10 per student.

Academic year
Monday – Friday

Standards Explored
Common Core:

ELA/Literacy

  • SL.K.3 Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration

NGSS:

  • K-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity
  • K-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

Loan Box Links:

Illinois' Wild Mammals

Pre-Activity Sheets:

Coloring Page (PDF)
Vocabulary List (PDF)
Suggested Reading List (PDF)

Kindergarten & Grade 1 

Animal Exploration Day

Animal Exploration Day

Students investigate nature artifacts to explore the unique adaptations of three different groups of vertebrates – birds, mammals, and reptiles – and how these animals are taxonomically unique from one another. One-hour interactive program for 10 – 30 students. $10 per student.

Academic year
Monday - Friday

 

Standards Explored

Common Core:

ELA/Literacy

  • SL.K.1 Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration
  • SL.K.3 Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration
  • SL.1.1 Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration
  • SL.1.2 Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration
  • SL.1.3 Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration

NGSS:

  • K-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
  • 1-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
  • 1-LS3-1 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits

Loan Box Links:

Feathers
Illinois Birds
Illinois' Wild Mammals

Wildlife and You

Wildlife and You

This program increases students’ interest and awareness in the natural world and emphasizes the importance of respecting wildlife and the proper ways to interact with and observe native wildlife. One-hour interactive program for 10 – 30 students. $10 per student.

Academic year
Monday – Friday

Standards Explored
Common Core:

ELA/Literacy

  • SL.K.3 Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration
  • SL1.1 Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration
  • SL1.3 Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration
  • SL1.4 Speaking and Listening: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

NGSS:

  • K-ESS2-2 Earth’s Systems
  • K-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity
  • K-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
  • 1-LS3-1 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits

Loan Box Links:

Illinois' Wild Mammals

Pre-Activity Sheets:

Coloring Page (PDF)
Vocabulary List (PDF)

Grades 2 & 3

Owl Investigation

Owl Investigation

Students investigate a variety of nature artifacts to discover how owls are unique among raptors through their adaptations and specialized lifestyle, then dissect an owl pellet in the classroom. One-hour interactive program for 10 – 30 students. $10 per student.

Academic year
Monday – Friday

 

Standards Explored

Common Core:

ELA/Literacy:

  • SL.2.1 Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration
  • SL.2.3 Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration
  • SL3.1 Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration
  • SL.3.3 Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration

NGSS:

  • 2-LS4.1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • 3-LS3-2 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
  • 3-LS4-2 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • 3-LS4-3 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

Loan Box Links:

Feathers
Owls

Grades 4 & 5

Wildlife Detectives

Wildlife Detectives

Students discover how to identify wild mammals that live in DuPage County by studying skulls and bones, learning basic natural history and using techniques that unravel wildlife mysteries. One-hour interactive program for 10 – 30 students. $10 per student.

Academic year
Monday – Friday

Standards Explored
Common Core:

ELA/Literacy

  • RI.4.1 Reading Standards For Informational Text: Key Ideas and Details
  • RI.4.2 Reading Standards For Informational Text: Key Ideas and Details
  • SL.4.1 Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration
  • SL.4.3 Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration
  • L.4.6 Language: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
  • RI.5.1 Reading Standards For Informational Text: Key Ideas and Details
  • RI.5.2 Reading Standards For Informational Text: Key Ideas and Details
  • SL.5.1 Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration
  • SL.5.2 Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration
  • SL.5.3 Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration

NGSS:

  • 4-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
  • 4-LS1-2 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

Loan Box Links:

Illinois' Wild Mammals
Skulls
Tracking 

Pre-Activity Sheets:

Crossword (PDF)
Vocabulary List (PDF)
Suggested Reading List (PDF)

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