Middle & High School

Environmental Education

Illinois Forests

Although Illinois is known as the Prairie State, forests were and are an important part of Illinois vegetation. Learn what types of forests are in Illinois, take a hike through a local forest, and participate in hands-on activities
March - November
Grades 6-12
Program Length: 1.5-2 hours
IL. Standards: 12B, 13B
Common Core: SL1, SL3

Illinois Prairies

Even though we have lost most original prairies, many restored prairies and a variety of plant species can be found. In this program, we will visit a tallgrass prairie, discuss the other types of prairie found in Illinois, and participate in hands-on activities.
April - October
Grades 6-12
Program Length: 1.5-2 hours
IL. Standards: 12B, 13B
Common Core: SL1, SL3

Illinois Wetlands

In this program, we will explore the three types of wetlands found in Illinois. Through hands-on activities and multi-sensory experiences, we will explore the flora and fauna of Central Illinois wetlands and their importance.
March - October
Grades 6-12
Program Length: 1.5-2 hours
IL. Standards: 12B, 13B
Common Core: SL1, SL3

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.