For a well-rounded education experience, schedule two programs for your class in one day. Up to two classrooms (60 students) can be accommodated. Or, you can schedule a historical program and visit the one-room schoolhouse on the same day! For example, in the morning, one class could attend a Plant Science program while the other attends a Historical Education program. Both classes eat lunch, and then switch programs in the afternoon.
Participants must bring their own sack lunches. Fees are per student per program. For example, the fee for two programs for a Champaign County school is a total of $3 per student. Time slots are limited, so please call early.
CCFPD offers a variety of programming topics focused on the disciplinary core ideas and cross-cutting concepts in the Next Generation Science Standards (IL. Standards for Science). They are coupled with active learning experiences modeling a number of science and engineering practices. Develop, Plan and Analyze with us! Please contact Stacey Clementz, [email protected], to discuss how to adapt our programming to fit your needs.
Students will discuss how watersheds are related to water quality. Then they will test water quality using simple kits and compare results with the aquatic organisms they collect. Pre-trip review of vocabulary is essential for this program.Mid-April - Mid-OctoberGrades 3-8Program Length: 1.5 hoursCommon Core: RI1, SL1&3
Students will learn basic bird identification and explore their amazing adaptations. Then we'll go on a hike to find birds living in the preserves. Year-Round Grades K-8 Program Length: 1.5 hours Common Core: SL1&3
Students will broaden their knowledge about trees as they hike and learn to identify trees through distinguishing characteristics such as bark and leaf shape. May-November Grades K-8 Program Length: 1.5 hours Common Core: SL1&3
Explore the frog and toad life cycle. Have a hoppin' good time while singing in a frog chorus and turning a classmate into a frog. Mid-April - Mid-October Grades K-4 Program Length: 1.5 hours Common Core: SL1&3
This program is designed to complement Hatchet, a story of a young boy's adventure in the wilderness by Gary Paulsen. Students will interpret the book through hands-on activities, including basic survival skills. Program is available only at Homer Lake Forest Preserve. Year-Round Grades 4-6 Program Length: 2 hours Common Core: RI1, RL1&3, SL1&3
Learn about Illinois mammals and how the presence of wildlife has changed since Illinois was settled. We will transform a classmate into a mammal and then search for clues left behind by area mammals. Year-Round Grades K-8 Program Length: 1.5 hours Common Core: SL1&3
Students have the opportunity to go searching for these six-legged creatures. Discover what makes an insect unique and where these creatures are hiding. April - November Grades K-5 Program Length: 1.5 hours Common Core: SL1&3
Take a break from being indoors and gain a new appreciation for this surprisingly active time of year. Students will explore physical and behavioral adaptations that allow local flora and fauna to survive winter, and then hike to observe these firsthand. December - March Grades K-5 Program Length: 1-1.5 hours Common Core: SL1&3
Students will explore the plants, animals and history of the Illinois prairie as we hike through the forest preserve. Watch as we turn a student into a prairie animal! June-November Grades K-8 Program Length: 1.5 hours Common Core: SL1&3
Learn more about the anatomy and adaptations of these ancient creatures. Students get an opportunity to meet our resident reptiles. April - October Grades K-8 Program Length: 1.5 hours Common Core: SL1&3
Students will hike and explore the wonders of our natural world. Students will be engaged in a variety of hands-on discovery activities using their senses. Year-Round Grades K-8 Program Length: 1.5 hours Common Core: SL1&3
In developing our curriculum for our History and Culture field trips and programs, we pay particular attention to the Illinois Social Science Standards. While the standards are addressed throughout our field trips and programs, educators will need to do additional work with their students to completely address the Illinois Social Studies Standards.
How did Germany influence Christmas in America? Has Santa Claus always looked the same? What do you know about Hannukah? Dabble in the history of the holidays, and make an historic holiday decoration to take home. Grades K-8Program Length: 1 hour Common Core: SL1, SL2, SL3, SL4Illinois State Social Science Standards: SS.K.H.2
Before Lincoln became president, he was a simple country lawyer riding the Eighth Judicial Circuit through Champaign and several other Illinois counties. Using artifact discovery and hands-on activities students will learn about the life and times of Lincoln the Lawyer. Grades 5-12 Program Length: 1 - 1.5 hours Common Core: SL1, SL2, SL3, SL4Illinois Social Science Standards: SS.5.H.1, SS.6-8.H.1.LC
Native Americans lived in Central Illinois for thousands of years before the Euro-Americans arrived. What was life like for the first Illinoisans? How have things changed? Using authentic materials like bone needles and arrowhead drills we will use hands-on activities to teach students about the life ways of native peoples. Grades 3-5 Program Length: 2 hours Common Core: SL1, SL2, SL3, SL4Illinois State Social Science Standards: SS.3.H.1, SS.3.EC.1, SS.3.H.2
Although no major Civil War battles were fought in Illinois, the war had a huge impact on our region. Learn about the effect war had on people living in Illinois and how their lives changed forever. Students will also learn what it was like to be a soldier preparing for battle, including how to march and drum like a real soldier. Grades 3-8 Program Length: 1.5 hours Common Core: SL1, SL2, SL3, SL4Illinois State Social Science Standards: SS.3.H.3, SS.4.H, Ss.5.H.1, SS.6-8.H.1.LC
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 1960s. The program is available as a classroom visit. Grades 3-8Program Length 1.5 hoursCommon Core: SL1, SL2, SL3, SL4Illinois State Social Science Standards: SS. 3-5.IS.5, SS.IS.5.6-8.MdC
Through the examination of life at home, be it a wigwam or a cabin, students will have hands-on experiences with artifacts from the 1800s. A spinning activity and period toys are part of the fun. Grades 3-5 Program Length: 1.5 hours Common Core: SL1, SL2, SL3, SL4Illinois State Social Science Standards: SS.3.EC.1, SS.4.EC.3
Students will explore the Women's Movement in Champaign County and throughout the United States from the fight for suffrage to the present day. We'll explore physical artifacts, music, and visual arts as they tell the story of movement. Grades 5-8 Program Length: 1.5 hours Common Core: SL1, SL2, SL3, SL4Illinois State Social Science Standards: SS.5.CV.4, SS. 6-8.CV.3.LC, SS.6-8.CV.3.MdC, SS.6-8.CV.3.MC, SS.6-8.CV.5.LC, SS.6-8.CV.5.MdC
Were all teachers once mean and strict? Were all children polite? Find out in our old-time schoolhouse! Spend a morning or afternoon traveling back in history with one of our schoolmarms or masters. This program is available September to October and April to May. This program pairs well with "Life on the Grand Prairie", "Immigration in Champaign County in the Mid-19th Century" and "The Civil War though Illinois Eyes". Grades 2-8 Program Length: 1.5 hours Common Core: SL1, SL2, SL3, SL4Illinois State Social Science Standards: SS.3.H.23
In this field trip we'll analyze artifacts from the Civil War in our Goose Pond church exhibit - the only abolitionist church in Champaign County. We'll also examine local and national civil rights themes through a special exhibit and as expressed in work of art. Finally, we will learn about the history of the Douglass Center's Drum and Bugle Corps and we will even try our hand at bucket drumming! Grades 5-8Program Length: 1.5 hours Common Core: SL1, SL2, SL3, SL4Illinois State Social Science Standards: SS.5.CV.4, SS. 6-8.CV.3.LC, SS.6-8.CV.3.MdC, SS.6-8.CV.3.MC, SS.6-8.CV.5.LC, SS.6-8.CV.5.MdC
Pack a wagon, write with a quill, and examine artifacts from the people who traveled the trail and Native Americans who lived on the Oregon Trail. Wherever you are on your Westward Expansion unit, this program will provide your students a better perspective. Grades 3-8 Program Length: 1.5 hours Common Core: SL1, SL2, SL3, SL4Illinois State Social ScienceStandards: SS.3.H.2, SS.4.H, SS.5.H.1, SS. 6-8.H.1.MdC
Students will examine historical artifacts in order to generate story starters that they can take back to the classroom. They will compose a poem based on their favorite artifact. This field trip can be tailored to a specific time period you are studying, or it can span the wide range of times of artifacts available in our extensive education collection. This program is also available as a classroom visit.
For an additional $2-$4, a local author will team with our educators to present your students with some of the secrets of writing historical fiction. Grades 3-8 Program Length: 1.5 hours Common Core: SL1, SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6; and W1, W2, W3, W6, W7, W8Illinois State Social Science Standards: SS. 3-5.IS.5, SS.IS.5.6-8.MdC
East Central Illinois was built by immigrants. In this field trip, we examine the six cultural groups that came to East Central Illinois in the past through activities such as "packing a suitcase", examining artifacts, and exploring the Botanical Garden for plant newcomers would have utilized. This trip is offered September to October and April to May. Grades 3-8Program Length: 1.5 hours Common Core: SL1, SL2, SL3, SL4 Illinois State Social Science Standards: SS.H.3, SS.5.H.1, SS.6-8.CV.1.LC
Explore the world of botany. Learn why plants are important and study their diverse structures and adaptations. Students will participate in a learning activities followed by a planting activity. Year-Round Grades 3-5 Program Length: 1.5 hours Common Core: SL1, SL3
Students will explore plant life cycles and plant diversity, as well as experience the Botanical Garden through games, drama, hands-on activities, and, if possible, an outdoor seed hunt. Year-Round Grades K-2 Program Length: 1.5 hours Common Core: SL1, SL3
Students will learn about the importance of decomposers, such as bacteria, fungi and worms. Soil types will be investigated, and then students will plant seeds in gardening soil they have mixed to take home and grow. Year-Round Grades 1-5 Program Length: 1.5 hours Common Core: SL1, SL3
Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat Learn about how our planet's most valuable resources are disappearing before our eyes. Students will learn about different tree species around the world and how we are connected to trees in our everyday lives.Sept-Early NovemberGrades: 4-8Program Length: 1.5 hoursCommon Core: SL1, SL3