In-School Programs


“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)

First Grade

Animals in Winter – January

This program is held in your classroom and is 2 hours in length.  Students learn about winter adaptations and how to dress for the winter.

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Second Grade

Animals Got Class! – March

This is an in-school program and is 1.5 hours in length.  Our second-grade program focuses on what makes amphibians, reptiles, mammals, insects, arachnids, and birds different. After hands-on learning and discussion, the students will get to meet several of our live animal ambassadors!

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Third Grade

“Habitat in a Backpack”

Designed for 3rd graders, Habitat in a Backpack is an interactive set of activities that helps students learn about the habitats around them. It includes instructions for six different activities that engage students in learning about the habitat around them. The activities are easy to do, and the supplies are included in the backpack. Activities can be completed in any available greenspace. Greenspaces can be found at your school, sites within walking distance, BCCD sites, other parks or at home.

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

Fourth Grade

Les Voyageurs (1700’s) – November

Students will learn about the Voyageurs, or French fur traders, and their part in Illinois history. They will practice fur identification, play a trading game, and make a period craft.

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Download Voyageurs Activity Packet — Download Voyageurs Activity Packet – Spanish

6th Grade

Groundwater – December

Choose between two different options that focus on the importance of groundwater.

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Water-Water-Everywhere Activity

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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