Middle & High School

Environmental Programs at the Preserves:

Illinois Ecosystems

Students will explore three ecosystems of Illinois: forest, prairie and wetland. Together we will learn some of the natural history of these ecosystems, how humans have impacted them, and what plant and animal species are thriving in these special habitats today.
Year-Round
Grades 6-12
Program Length: 1.5-2 hours

Illinois Invaders

Illinois is under attack by air, water and land by invasive species! Learn what these are and why they are threatening Illinois habitats. Specimens, hands-on activities and a hike will be used to help students understand this environmental issue..
Year-Round
Grades 6-11
Program Length: 1-2 hours
IL. Standards: 12B, 13B
Common Core: SL1, SL3

Mammal Morphology

We will explore the body structures of Illinois mammals, the relationship between the form and function, and how adaptations aid survival through the use of skulls, pelts and bones.
Year-Round
Grades 6-12
Program Length: 1-1.5 hours
IL. Standards: 12B, 13B
Common Core: SL1, SL3

If it is too difficult to get a class to us, we will bring the class to you! For each program, a Forest Preserve District educator visits your room to help add a new twist to your existing curriculum unit with hands-on activities and visuals.

Tree ID

In this program, students will learn how to identify trees by their features. Together we will discover how to use a dichotomous key and take a hike to identify some of Illinois' most common tree species.
April-October
Grades 6-12
Program Length: 2 hours

Historical Programs at the Museum of the Grand Prairie:

Artifact Discovery

Primary sources are not just documents! Students learn to analyze the who, what, where, and why of  historical artifacts  by handling objects from the education collection of the Museum of the Grand Prairie. Artifacts can be chosen to suit the period you are studying from the Revolutionary War to the 1950s. 

Grades 6-12
Program Length 1-2 hours
Ill Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2
Common Core: SL 1, 2, 3, 4