Let Curiosity Lead!
Programming for young learners begins with excitement, exposure, and experience. Each of our young learner opportunities feature hands on experiences with guided tours in the museum 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 preschool and early elementary students, daycares, and homeschool groups.
This curriculum is typically a good fit for 3 years olds to 2nd graders.
What is a fossil? How is it formed? Meet 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!
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.
Pint Sized Pow Wow
Gather around a fire in our authentic wigwam to begin your journey back in time and compare lifeways of people of the Eastern Woodlands, Great Plains, Desert Southwest, and more.
Beneath Your Feet!
Hold a rock...where did it come from? What's inside? From awesome minerals, to the giant forces like water or heat...learn how the Earth beneath your feet is formed and can change!
Scales & Tails
Cold blooded friends from geckos to skinks will amaze you with their survival features. Touch their scales, examine their amazing tongues as you interact with LIVE animals at Burpee!
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!
Travel across the world to East Africa and explore the amazing animals of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater! Immerse yourself in a traditional Maasai home and learn from the amazing people who live there.
The People "Of This Place"
Join us as we celebrate the Indiginous people who are “Of This Place” with contemporary and traditional artworks of the Sac and Fox, Potawatomi, and Ojibwe Nations. Learn the narratives, experiences, and historical understandings of Native Nations.