Field Trip Programs

There are grant opportunities for teachers of  grades K – 5 in Boone County.

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“The Salamander Room”- Year Round

Based on the book by the same name, this is an interactive program where students help transform a child’s bedroom into a suitable habitat for a salamander. As we progress through the book, students add elements to our “bedroom” to recreate the vision from the book. This program can be done as a field trip visit to the BCCD or as an in-school program, where we come to you. Field trips include a nature walk and a visit with our very own live salamander, “Tigger”. This program addresses Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards (2.A.ECa, 2.B.ECa, 2.B.ECb, 2.D.ECa, 12.B.ECa, 12.B.ECb, 13.B.ECa).

Program Flyer      Coloring Page    Learn cool facts about salamanders by watching this video for Jr. Mojo (2:08)


It’s Alive and I Know Why – EARLY April

Through outdoor investigation and classroom activities students will learn the difference between living and non-living things and what plants and animals need to survive.

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Post Visit – It’s Alive and I Know Why!

First Grade

Nature’s Program Solvers – January and February

Discover how biomimicry inspires design! Through outdoor investigation and classroom activities students learn how to mimic nature’s solutions to everyday problems.

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Click here to show your students a video about how to dress for this winter field trip

Second Grade

Plant Partners – April through May

Students will learn about seed dispersal, the role of pollinators play and how plants and animals depend on each other.

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Teacher Packet

Third Grade

Habitat Heroes – March

Students will explore the major habitat areas of Spencer Conservation Area (woodland, prairie, wetland and dead tree) and identify the components of habitats in each as well as the effects of human activity on the landscape.

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Download 3rd Grade Teacher PacketDownload 3rd Grade Teacher Packet – Spanish

UV Bead Instructions

Fourth Grade

Pioneers on the Prairie (1800’s) – October

Students travel back in time to the 1800’s. They will learn about the pioneers, why they came to Illinois, and the pioneer lifestyle. During this program students help prepare their lunch which is cooked over an open fire; explore an authentic 1840’s cabin; and learn some pioneer hands-on skills by doing chores and making their very own pioneer toy.

Download Pioneers on the Prairie Flyer

Download Pioneers Teacher Packet        Download Pioneers Teacher Packet – Spanish

Fifth Grade

Web of Life – October through November

Students will learn about the flow of energy through an ecosystem and how plants and animals interact with each other and their environment.

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Ecosystem Jenga Activity

Eco-llapse Cards

Junior – Senior High School

Snowshoeing – Winter Months

The program can be delivered at your school or at one of the BCCD’s various conservation areas. Depending on your time frame: We’ll review the history of snowshoeing, learn basic snowshoe terminology, identify the health benefits of snowshoeing, learn cold weather injury prevention, how to appropriately dress for cold weather sports, and we will snowshoe -weather permitting.

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