Windows To The Wilderness Tour

Habitats of Illinois

From wetlands to the woods, explore the habitats of Illinois! Enjoy a prairie tour, learn about taxidermy methods, explore the living animals of a wetland, and dig into the amazing creatures that call Illinois home. Don’t miss the live turtles!

Key Concepts:

Habitats: Explore local habitats, the animals within those habitats, and the traits adapted for success in different seasons.

Energy Transfer: Learn how the sun drives energy flows within a habitat’s ecosystem, explore trophic levels, and better understand the interconnected nature of each local habitat.

Adaptations: Each habitat requires animals to be suited for that location.  Explore the adaptations that make an animal successful in a prairie, but maybe not in a wetland or forest.

Conservation: With fragmented habitats and shrinking resources, students will explore how human impact on populations can inhibit their success and what we can do to improve their success!


Asking questions, making observations, analyzing and interpreting


The program includes moving short distances in groups and sitting on the floor for discussion & activities. Chairs and/or tables are available upon request. Students may experience an animal encounter with a turtle or tortoise. We believe there should be no boundaries for your students’ Burpee Museum experience. If you have an accommodation request related to a disability, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at 815-965-3433. We look forward to assisting you.

Standards NGSS:

2-LS4-1, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-4, 4-LS1-2, 5-ESS3-1

Live Turtles

Take a look at our live turtles!

The Midwest Wetland

Learn what you can find in your local wetlands, from swamps to shallow ponds.

Great Horned Owl

This species eats small mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates. Learn more in our exhibit!

Wild Turkey

Wild turkeys can run up to 19 miles per hour. Learn more in our exhibit!