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Field trips: 2nd-3rd grade

Schedule and location

Spring Field trips run from April 5th - June 11th

Winter Self-Guided Field Trips run from November 13th-March 29th.

Please note that this season, due to new safety protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot book full-day field trips, host schools for a lunch location, or offer lab programs with guided field trips. Please read our PDF iconProgram Adjustments in order to see how we are keeping you safe on your field trip.

 

Field trips can include either guided OR self-guided adventures. See fees and admission for more details. 

 

Guided adventures

  • Available during spring and fall school season for grades PreK-12
  • Duration: 1.5 hours (Pre-K and Kindergarten programs are 1.25 hours)
  • Morning programs are scheduled Monday - Friday, 9:45 A.M. - 11:15 A.M.
  • Afternoon programs are scheduled Monday - Friday, 11:45 A.M. - 1:15 P.M.

 

Self-guided adventures

  • Available year-round for grades PreK-12
  • Scheduled Monday-Friday during open hours 

 

Fees and registration

 

Field trip fees:

  • One guided adventure (1.5 hours): $8 per student, $15 registration fee
  • One guided adventure (3.0 hours): $12 per student, $30 registration fee (Full-day programs not available in Spring 2021)
  • Two guided adventures (3.0 hours): $12 per student, $30 registration fee(Full-day programs not available in Spring 2021)
  • One guided adventure (1.5 hours) + Self-guided adventure: $12 per student, $30 registration fee (Full-day programs not available in Spring 2021)
  • Self-guided adventure: $6 per student, $15 registration fee

 

Registration Details:

  • Registration must be completed 3 weeks prior to field trip date
  • Dates are reserved on a first come, first served basis so early registration is STRONGLY encouraged
  • Adult chaperones are required, two adults for every 10 students
  • There is a minimum of 10 students for guided and self guided field trips. 
  • Payment is due 3 weeks before the date of the field trip
  • BY PHONE: Call the registrar at (630) 719-2468, Monday – Friday, 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.


Fees include admission to the Arboretum for:

  • All registered and attending students
  • All registered and attending teacher/adult chaperones (two adults for every 10 students)
  • State required aides

 

*Once you have registered- Plan your Trip

Course description

Make outdoor science fun and engaging on a field trip through The Morton Arboretum. Guided and self-guided programs listed are for grades 2nd and 3rd and are designed for students age seven and up.  Details concerning fees and other information are listed below.

 


Guided Programs

 

Eco-Explorers

1.5 hours | 50 students maximum 
Plants and trees are an important part of the food web in all ecosystems.  In this popular and engaging program, students hunt for producers, consumers and decomposers in three different ecosystems: woodland, aquatic and meadow. Through hands-on activities, students compare the unique characteristics of living things in each ecosystem. For a full day experience, add a lab to this program! 

This program emphasizes the following NGSS Standard:

  • 2-LS4-1: Plants and animals of different habitats
  • 3-LS3-2: Adaptations
  • 3-LS4-3: Survival

Teacher resources:

PDF iconEco Explorations - vocabulary
PDF iconEco Explorers - vocabulary activity

PDF iconEco Explorers Activity Game.pdf

Vocabulary Powerpoint- Review terms with your students! 

PDF iconEco-Explorers Vocabulary List_Spanish.pdf

PDF iconEco-Explorers Post Field Trip Assessment - (Cross-curricular assessment aligned to NGSS & CCSS)

 

Animal Homes

1.5 hours | 50 students maximum 

Trees provide shelter as well as food for animals. Animals are adapted to live in groups, near and within trees to support their need for food, water and space. Discover the unique places animals call home, and what they need to survive in their habitat. Through engaging hands on activities, students will identify the interdependence between animals and the trees they live in. 

This program emphasizes the following Next Generation Science Standards:

  • 2-LS4-1: Plants and animals of different habitats
  • 3-LS2-1: Survival in groups
  • 3-LS4-2: Survival in habitats/interdependence

Teacher resources:

PDF iconAnimal Homes - vocabulary
PDF iconAnimal Homes - vocabulary word search

PDF iconAnimal Homes Vocabulary Game.pdf

Vocabulary Powerpoint- Review terms with your students! 

PDF iconAnimal Homes Vocabulary List_Spanish.pdf

PDF iconAnimal Homes Post Field Trip Assessment: Habitat Hunt.pdf -(Cross-curricular assessment aligned to NGSS & CCSS)

PDF iconAnimal Homes Post Field Trip Assessment: Habitat Hunt Modified.pdf - (Cross-curricular assessment aligned to NGSS & CCSS)

 

Terrific Trees

1.5 hours | 50 students maximum
Every tree is unique! Gain an appreciation for the diversity of trees by comparing their shapes, sizes, leaves, barks, and seeds. Discover the unique characteristics of Illinois oaks and other trees. Through hands-on discovery and field notes, discover what all trees have in common and what makes each species different and easy to identify.

This program emphasizes the following Next Generation Science Standards:

  • 2-LS2-2: Seed dispersal and flower pollination by animals.
  • 2-LS2-1: Plants need sunlight and water to grow
  • 3-LS1-1: Diverse life-cycles of plants and animals.

Teacher resources:

PDF iconTerrific Trees - vocabulary
PDF iconTerrific Trees - crossword puzzle
PDF iconTerrific Trees Vocabulary Game.pdf

*New* Vocabulary Powerpoint- Review terms with your students! 

PDF iconTerrific Trees Vocabulary List_Spanish.pdf

PDF icon Terrific Trees - Post Field Trip Assessment.pdf - (Cross-curricular assessment aligned to NGSS & CCSS)

PDF iconPDF icon Terrific Trees - MODIFIED - Post Field Trip Assessment.pdf - MODIFIED - (Cross-curricular assessment aligned to NGSS & CCSS)

 

Leave No Child Inside

1.5 hours | 50 students maximum 
A growing body of research is telling us that unstructured time spent outdoors in nature is critical to children's physical, social, and emotional development. Such outdoor experiences can foster creativity, emotional well-being, independent learning, and problem solving. The beauty of the Arboretum changes daily, and your students will have an opportunity to explore whatever is most interesting on the day of your visit. One of our guides will be on hand to answer questions and guide students to exciting questions and observations, but the focus is on free exploration of nature. 

This program is not meant to address any specific Next Generation Science Standards.

Teacher resources:
PDF iconLeave no Child Inside - vocabulary
PDF iconLeave no Child Inside - activity

 

 

 

 

Self-guided Programs

 

Children's Garden

Maximum: 75 students

The Children's Garden is an enclosed 4-acre garden designed to spark curiosity about trees and the natural world as children play. The Children's Garden is a self-guided option for students grades K through 3rd grade only.  Registered school groups grades Pre-K – 3 can also reserve explorer backpacks to enhance their educational experience. Register one pack for every 10 students. (Backpacks are limited for groups of 200 or less). 

  • Potential to address the following Next Generation Science Standards:

  • 2-LS2-1: Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.

  • 2-LS2-2: Develop a simple model that mimics the functions of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants. 

  • 2-LS4-1: Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats. 


Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat 

Time is running out for more than 8,000 tree species.  Yet, few people know of their plight.  All over the world forces threaten wild tree species.  Explore this new outdoor exhibit and offer your students a timely and compelling look at endangered trees, reasons to care about this pressing global issue, an inspiring view of how trees enrich our lives and simple actions for environmental stewardship. The exhibit is located in the Conifer Collection on the east side of The Morton Arboretum.

Teacher resources:
PDF iconVanishing Acts-Teachers Guide-Grades 3-5 (PDF)


Joy Path Self-Guided 

Maximum: 75 students

Use an interpreted trail, teacher guide, activity backpack, and map to explore woodlands and aquatic ecosystems. Each pack serves 20 students and three chaperones.

Potential to address the following Next Generation Science Standards:

  • Scientific Inquiry
  • Life Cycles (3.LS1.1)
  • Habitats (3.LS4.3, MS.LS2.1)
  • Energy & Food Webs (5.PS3.1, 5.LS2.1, MS.LS1.6, MS.LS2.3)
  • Survival/Adaptation/Reproduction (3.LS3.2, 4.LS1.1, MS.LS1.4-5)

Teacher resources:
PDF iconJoyPathInfo.pdf

 

NEW! Habitat Hike Self-Guided 

Maximum: 75 students

Explore three different habitats and how plants and animals are adapted to their environment using a teacher guide and activity backpack on an interpreted trail. Each pack serves 20 students and three chaperones.

These activities are aligned to the following Next Generation Science Standards:

  • 2-LS2-2: Animals assist with pollination and seed dispersal

  • 2-LS4-1: Diversity of life in different habitats

  • 3-LS4-4: When the environment changes, plants and animals change

  • 3-LS4-3: Organisms in a habitat can survive, others cannot

  • 5-LS2-1: Energy flow-foodwebs

Teacher Resources:

PDF iconHabitat Hike Website Teacher Guide.pdf


Woodland, Wetland, Prairie

Maximum: 75 students
Make discoveries on your own while exploring the Arboretum’s woodlands, wetlands, and prairies (no support materials provided). Below are some suggested itineraries that take up to approximately 90 minutes. These options may include interpretive trail signs.

  • East Side: Starting at parking lot #8 walk the Joined Loops 3 & 4 Trail to Big Rock Visitor Station. Continue on the Woodland Trail to Big Rock. For a longer experience, walk the long way around the Heritage Trail back to the Big Rock Visitor Station. (Click here to see a map of the Arboretum's east side.)
  • West Side: Starting at the Prairie Visitor Station (parking lot #25) walk the Prairie Trail loop and go to parking lot #30. For a longer experience, walk to the nearby Millennium Oak.

Teacher resources:

PDF iconABC Hike
PDF iconObserve and Sketch
PDF iconSensory Investigation
PDF iconThe Living and The Non-Living Treasure Hike

Grade

2nd Grade
3rd Grade