All About Owls
Learn about the natural history and unique adaptations of birds of prey. Each student will dissect and owl pellet to determine what an owl has eaten. This program is offered only as a workshop. Grades 3 – 8, 1½ hours.
This popular program helps students identify and understand various animal adaptations. Activities focus on adaptations that give clues to the animals' habitat and how they survive in the wild through both physical and behavioral adaptations. Preschool – Adult, 45 minutes – 1 hour.
Take an interactive look at endangered species in Illinois and beyond. Explore causes for their declining status, determine what specifics are required for survival and what we can do to protect them. Grades 3-6, 1 hour
Insects are everywhere! There are more insects on Earth Then all other animals combined. Are all bugs insects? What body parts are the same for all insects? See the world through an insect's eyes and watch simulated mouth parts in action. Older grades will explore insect life cycles and roles insects play within natural areas. Weather permitting, students will look for insects outside. Kindergarten – Grade 6, 1 hour.
Our Feathered Friends
What makes a bird a bird? Learn the ups and downs of bird life, take a close-up look at feathers, and discover what types of feet and beaks are the best tools for different foods and habitats. Older grades will try their wings at flight and migration. A workshop may be added in which students try hands-on experiments to explore what types of physical adaptations help birds survive in different environments. Grades 1-8, 1 – 1½ hours.
Reptiles & Amphibians
Yuck! It's slimy and slithery . . . or is it? Interactive discussion and activities help students understand what reptiles and amphibians are and their similarities and differences. Also compare them to other animals. Preschool – Grade 3, 45 minutes – 1 hour.