Watershed Field Trip Program

Educational programs at the Watershed Nature Center offer engaging, nature-based experiences that invite students to gain awareness and appreciation for the environment.  Programs are designed to address Common Core and Illinois State Learning Standards, emphasizing activities that correlate with The Next Generation Science Standards. Students participate in “learning by doing” experiences that connect science, technology, society, and nature.

We are committed to providing excellent environmental education for all children, to help them understand the natural world, and their place as environmental stewards. The Center has accessible trails and age-appropriate curriculum that will inspire a lifelong love for the natural world. Additionally, we have diverse internship opportunities for high school and college students. Professors can call or e-mail us to discuss service learning, research partnerships, and other collaboration opportunities. 

Check out our online sign-up for teachers to see what dates we have available and request a field trip. The Watershed staff will contact you to confirm time, date, lesson plan, and all other relevant details. 

Age Groups and Lessons

Early Childhood Education through Second Grade

Take Another Look: Students experiment with using their five senses to take a different look at nature. 

This is for the Birds: Students learn about birds in the winter and use natural and recycled materials to make bird feeders and binoculars. 

Kindergarten through Second Grade

Animal Homes: Students learn that animals have specific habitat requirements that fulfill their needs for food, water, shelter, and space.

Soil - Can You Dig It?: Students will learn that soil is composed of many things, including living organisms, 

Beaks, Feet, and Eats: Students take a closer look at some adaptations that make birds uniquely suited to their habitat. 

Third through/ Fifth Grade

Wetland Water Works: Students learn about wetlands through the use of metaphors and hands-on experiments. 

The Giving Tree: Students learn how all parts of a tree are used to make the products we use every day.

Fifth and Sixth Grade

Aquatic Energy Pyramid: Students learn about food chains, energy pyramids, and the influence of nonliving elements in a wetland.