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What do you think an archaeologist is? Through this program we will explore how archaeology helps us learn so much more about history! Take a look at archaeological artifacts from our collection, and learn what it’s like to be an archaeologist! (90 minutes)

American Heritage

From Abraham Lincoln to Ernest Hemmingway, Illinois was home to some pretty important people. Through activities and a tour of the museum’s exhibit “The Grand Prairie Story,” we’ll learn about important historical figures from Illinois and what they did. (60-90 minutes)

Bird Study

Learn the parts of a bird and how birds are important indicators of environmental quality. We will explore why birds call, and identify birds by their songs and appearance. Create your own field notebook, practice using a field guide and binoculars, and take a hike to look for native birds. (one or two 90 minute programs)

Environmental Science

We will perform experiments to discover how living things respond to changes in their environment and how to reduce the effects of an oil spill. Explore the history of environmental science, learn some ecological terminology, and review an environmental impact statement. find out what the CCFPD has done locally to protect threatened and endangered species, and discuss related career opportunities. (one or two 90 minute programs)


Scouts will discuss the hazards of fishing and basic safety techniques. Then we’ll head to the lake! As we fish, we’ll discuss the meaning and importance of catch and release. We’ll also go over parts of a fish and how to identify what we catch. (one or two 90 minute programs)


Scouts will learn how the Global Positioning System works. They will use a GPS unit to mark and edit a waypoint, change functions, and edit coordinates. As we hike, we will learn proper geocaching etiquette and how to create and hide a geocache. Scouts may plan a separate activity that utilizes GPS. (one or two 90 minute programs)


Plants and animals are important to our ecosystems. Scouts will learn which local species are protected and at risk, as well as build terrestrial and aquatic food chains. This program can be adapted to fulfill the requirements your troop chooses. (one or two 90 minute programs)

Plant Science: Botany Basics

Scouts will draw, identify and describe the function of plant parts. We will learn photosynthesis. We will describe how plants are affected by and connected to a variety of factors, from humans to honeybees. (one or two 90 minute programs)

Plant Science: Invasive Investigators

Scouts will use dichotomous keys to identify trees we see on our hike. After discussing the differences between native and invasive plants, we will brainstorm ways to control the spread of invasive species. (one or two 90 minute programs)

Reptile and Amphibian Study

Meet the resident reptiles of the Interpretive Center and learn about what they eat and how they live. Discuss the differences among different species of amphibians and reptiles. Learn how to identify local frogs by their calls. (one or two 90 minute programs)


Museum & Cultural History

Pat Cain
(217) 586-2612

Interpretive Center and Environmental

Jennifer Wick
(217) 896-2455

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