The Buzz About Bees
Students will learn the important role bees play in our lives – from making honey to pollinating food crops. The difference between bees and wasps will also be highlighted. For older groups, information on native bees and honey bee diseases will be included.
Discover some of the wildlife species that have come back from the brink of extinction through wise conservation practices. Emphasis on beavers, river otters, eagles, and turkeys.
Examine replicas of a dinosaur track, skull, egg, tooth, and more as you explore these animals. Story time is available for younger children upon request.
Meet live amphibians and enjoy an interactive story while learning about frogs and toads. Learn the calls and songs of local species.
Focusing on Illinois bats, participants identify truths and myths about these fascinating mammals. A variety of activities will entertain and educate students. Note: No live bats.
Examine pelts, skulls, tracks, and scat of Illinois mammals to piece together what their lives are like. This program can tie in well with the French fur trading era of Illinois history.
Dig up the differences between rocks and minerals, and begin to recognize the roles they play in everyday life. This program can also include a look at fossils.
Snake and Turtle Show
Meet a real snake to find out what they are really like. Live turtles and snakes help students learn the true nature and value of these creatures. May be adapted for various age groups.
Symbols of Our State
Glimpse Illinois’ natural history through the state symbols that school children chose to represent Illinois. We can cover the state tree, bird, wildflower, mammal, insect, prairie grass, fish, amphibian, reptile, fossil, and mineral. Some live animals included.
A Trip Through Time – Geology of Illinois
Take an imaginary trip through time to explore the geologic history of Illinois. Discover warm tropical seas, dark muddy swamps with giant insects, and the ice age.
Discover the truth behind animals that are often misunderstood or not considered particularly “cute” or “cuddly”, and the important roles they play in ecosystems.
Whoo Goes There? Owls
Learn about the habits and habitats of native owls. A craft is available for younger ages upon request. For older groups, students can dissect an owl pellet for a fee of $2.00/pellet. Note: No live owls.
Wild and Wonderful Wolves
Are Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs really presenting an accurate story? Learn about the history of wolves and how people view these animals today.