Grade School 3-6

Let Curiosity Lead!

Programming for grade school students encourages asking questions, sparking wonder, and providing hands-on experiences.  Each tour features a Burpee educator guide, hands-on experiences, and engagement tailored to the attention span and energy levels of your amazing students!  We are thrilled to bring them into our natural science museum and help you cultivate wonder and joy around the natural world!  Perfect for elementary field trips, camps, and homeschool groups.


This curriculum is typically a good fit for 3rd to 6th graders.
Fossil & Dino Tour


Meet the giant dinosaurs and tiny prehistoric snails in your journey through time! Touch real fossils and interact with Burpee educators to explore the age of dinosaurs and more! It pairs well with the “Paleontology Puzzle” Lab.

Icy Illinois

Head back in time to the cold landscape of Ice Age Illinois! Meet giant mammals of our land: Mammoths, Giant Sloths, Giant Beavers, the humans that hunted, and more! Touch teeth, examine fur, and learn how glaciers shaped the land we see today.

Ignious Rock
The Earth’s Forces Tour

Walk through the forces that shape our Earth from weathering to compaction. What makes a rock? How does it become sand? What gives a mineral its color? Interact with the geology of our Earth in a unique way!

Reptile Cham Img Car

From slithering snakes to leaping lizards, bring your students up close with live reptiles to learn about their cold-blooded nature and adaptations that help the critters survive in the wild! It pairs well with the “Analyze Ectotherms” Lab.

Windows to the Wilderness

From wetlands to the woods, explore the habitats of Illinois! Enjoy a prairie tour, and dig into the amazing creatures that call Illinois home! Don’t miss the live turtles!