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Our programs are available by reservation only. There is an additional cost for programs of $3.00 per student, with a $40.00 minimum. All programs are 45 minutes long. All programs are correlated to the state learning standards in science.

The following is a listing of our school programs, but special request may be made to customize your program.

2017 Educator’s Guide

All Ages

General Animal
This is the perfect program for groups of all ages.  This program gives a wide variety of information about some of your favorite animals while catering to all age groups.

Design Your Own
Do you have a program in mind but don’t find it listed here? We can help. Give us a call and we can work with you to construct a program to fit¬†your¬†needs.

 

Pre-K and Kindergarten 

Our Sense-sational World
Our sensational world is an introduction to the senses. We may know that humans hear with their ears, but what about the grasshopper that hears with it’s knees? Students will learn to use their five senses to observe nature. Students will come to understand how other animals use their senses to survive in the wild.

1st & 2nd Grades

Amazing Animals
* Amazing Animals focuses on the crazy, mundane, and unusual characteristics of animals. What do humans and cougars have in common? What makes a bird a bird? Your students will be able to answer these and many other questions about the animal kingdom after experiencing this program.

3rd & 4th Grades

Feathered Friends
Feathered friends brings the birds “close-up”. Learn all about birds, beaks, feathers and feet. Program focuses on bird characteristics, habitats, adaptations, and migration.

Owl Pellet Detectives
Looking for an interactive way to get your students involved in nature? This program allows for an up close and personal encounter with two live owls, followed by dissection of actual Owl Pellets. We will discuss the importance of the food web and predator/prey relationships. It’ll be a HOOT! Book your program today since multiple sessions may be needed for larger groups!
**Due to the nature of this class, the cost per student is $4 each.**

Herp, Herp Hurrah!
Tiger Salamanders and Leopard frogs are found in Illinois? Oh my! Snakes and turtles aren’t slimy? No lie! Enter the exciting world of reptiles and amphibians and learn the characteristics of each group.¬† A variety of herps are used to demonstrate the niche these creatures fill in our environment.

5th & 6th Grades

Animal Habitats
Developed for District 150 6th grade classes and available to all groups, this program introduces the concept of an animal habitat and what effects are felt if that habitat is altered or destroyed.

Predators: They’re Part of the Picture
From bats that eat hundreds of insects a night to eagles that swoop down to catch fish, Predators are part of the big picture. Students will take a look at the amazing adaptations predators have to help them catch a meal. Only a handful of predators live in Illinois, and most of them are in danger. Students will learn what they can do to help.

Owl Pellet Detectives
Looking for an interactive way to get your students involved in nature? This program allows for an up close and personal encounter with two live owls, followed by dissection of actual Owl Pellets. We will discuss the importance of the food web and predator/prey relationships. It’ll be a HOOT! Book your program today since multiple sessions may be needed for larger groups!
**Due to the nature of this class, the cost per student is $4 each.**

7th & 8th Grades

Animal Adaptations
* Students will take a look at the special adaptations animals have and use for their survival. Animals protect themselves, find shelter, food, and other necessities in many different ways. Students will learn how animals have adapted in the fight for survival.

8th – High school

Birds of Prey
* It’s one thing to study biology and it’s quite another to see the tangible. Right there in front of your students there are birds of prey. Learn about the species and the individual birds. If you have a favorite species, ask us about it and we will probably be able to present it at your program!

Questions? Contact our programming department at programming @wildlifeprairie.org  or call 309-676-0998 ext. 312