Project-Based Learning Opportunities

Project-Based Learning Opportunities

The Forest Preserve District offers Project-Based Learning opportunities that offer hands-on learning in natural sciences both in the classroom and the field. Our team of experts lead your students through a PBL opportunity designed to solve a real-world challenge that asks students to perform research, make informed decisions and evaluate their fellow peers' projects.  

View the available project-based learning opportunities and descriptions below. Then, click the green button to request a PBL opportunity.
 

Project-Based Learning Opportunities

Do you have a PBL that requires expert advice but don't see it here? A Forest Preserve District expert will meet your students to explore your challenge.

Request a PBL Opportunity

Aquatic Invasive Species — COMING SOON

Aquatic Invasive Species

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Bass in the Class

Bass in the Class

Liven up your classroom with this hands-on aquatic program — one of our most wildly popular programs with teachers and students alike. Thrill your students with first-hand experiences of life cycles, food chains, ecosystems and animal behavior. End the year by attending the spring release at Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center in Oak Brook.

Forest Preserve District naturalists will guide you through an exciting eight-week program and provide you with all the information you’ll need to succeed. All new teachers must attend the free mandatory annual training session. Program costs start at $35. Register at 630-850-8114.

Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center 

Standards Explored
NGSS:

  • K-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity
  • K-ESS3-3 Earth and Human Activity
  • 1-LS3-1 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
  • 2-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • 3-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
  • 3-LS2-1 Ecosystem Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • 3-LS3-2 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
  • 3-LS4-2 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • 3-LS4-4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • 4-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
  • 5-LS2-1 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • 5-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity
  • MS-LS2-3 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • MS-LS2-4 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • MS-ESS3-3 Earth and Human Activity
  • HS-LS2-7 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • HS-LS2-8 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • HS-LS4-5 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

"Bass in the Class" flyer (PDF)

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Blanding's Turtle Recovery

Blanding's Turtle Recovery

Partner with a Forest Preserve District wildlife ecologist and naturalists to determine the suitability of a potential forest preserve site to release state-endangered Blanding’s turtles in a program specially geared towards junior and senior high-school AP environmental science or biology students. A naturalist will visit your classroom to provide insight about the Blanding’s turtle's natural history, factors that contribute to its decline and District-led recovery efforts.

Then, visit a DuPage forest preserve in September or October to complete field work and collect a variety of data to support a claim about the suitability of releasing Blanding’s turtles at that site. Students will present their conclusions to a panel of experts and discuss their findings. Program fee $500, up to 60 students. Register at 630-942-6200.

Standards Explored
NGSS:

  • HS-LS2-7 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • HS-LS2-8 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • HS-LS4-5 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

Endangered & Threatened Species — COMING SOON

Endangered & Threatened Species

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Invasive Species — COMING SOON

Invasive Species

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Native Plant Gardens — COMING SOON

Native Plant Gardens

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Pollinators — COMING SOON

Pollinators

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