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Grade School 3-6

Let Curiosity Lead!

Programming for grade school students encourages asking questions, sparking wonder and providing hands on experiences.  Each tour feature 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
Field Trip Tours
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Jane Exhibit
Fossil & Dino Tour

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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 dinos and more! Pairs well with "Paleontology Puzzle" Lab

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Ice Age Giants

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Join us on an expedition back in time to the cold, glacial landscape of Illinois! Just 2.5 million years ago Illinois was roamed by mammoths, giant sloths, and more! Pairs well with "Analyze Adaptations" or "Stalking Smilodons" Labs

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Lava
Forces of the Earth

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Starting miles under the surface of the Earth, and heading to sandy beaches, we will follow minerals as they are transformed into different types of rocks thanks to the forces of the Earth. Pairs well with "Evaluate What Rocks" Lab

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Reptiles ALIVE

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! Pairs well with "Analyze Ectotherms" Lab

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Wetland Scene
Wetland, Woodland, Grassland

Habitats of Illinois are diverse in their fauna & flora (animals & plants). Meet the locals up close, and learn the amazing creatures in the ecosystems all around us! Pairs Well with "Aqua Analysis" or "Dinner Dissection" Labs

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NA TOUR
The First People

Travel back in time, and explore woodland cultures. Gather in our authentic wigwam and then compare lifeways of people of the Eastern Woodlands, Great Plains, Desert Southwest. Pairs Well with "Apply, Analyze Create: Tools of the Trade" Lab

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Warriors of the Serengeti

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Skip the flight, and land in East Africa today. Experience the beauty of Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya as you explore the animals and the culture. Walk through a Maasai boma to see how they live, and defend themselves from the lions beyond the fences!

Workshops & Labs
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Paleontology Puzzle Lab

Learn to think like a scientist by analyzing and comparing dinosaur bones, fossil leaves, ordovician shells and more! It won't be a puzzle for you very long! Good luck.

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Stalking smilodon lab
Stalking Smilodons Lab

Would you survive the Ice Age? Humans lived among these giant beasts, stalking and hunting their prey. See the tools humans used, learn differences, and see if you could successfully throw a spear and hunt a smilodon!

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Analyze Adaptations Lab

The Ice Age animals used fur and fat to stay warm. Scientists can learn so much from a single strand of hair! Examine microscopic samples, and explore the benefits of fat in these hair raising experiments!

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Evaluate What Rocks Lab
Evaluate What Rocks Lab

Explore the diversity of minerals that make up rocks! From the many colors of quartz, to the various hardness of minerals, to minerals that appear to glow...lets evaluate what rocks.

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GT Python
Ectotherm Experimentation

From frogs breathing through their skin, to the smelling with a tongue...get to heart (and bones) of cold blooded animal differences through experiments and bone analysis.

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Native American Workshop
Analyze, Apply & Create: Tools of the Trade

Learn techniques Native Americans in the midwest used to create beautiful pottery. You will create, and decorate, a miniature pot to take home!

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Children wade in River Water for Samples
Aqua Analysis Lab

Jump into the Rock River in Burpee's backyard and take your samples to our Aqua Aerobics Water Laboratory on campus. Students will identify micro and macro invertebrates, engage in water testing, and learn about river flow.

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Owl
Dinner Dissection