July 4th Community Resources > Learn More

School
Programs - Fourth Grade

Learn Outside with Nature as a Teacher

Heller’s educational programs offer school groups the opportunity to learn about the natural world through experiences in an outdoor setting. Our hands-on philosophy encourages learners to heighten their awareness of the natural world, understand basic ecological concepts, and increase concerns for the earth and all its life. Our school programs are in line with the Next Generation Science Standards.

 

Fourth Grade

Ecosystems

Fall/Spring

Choose one ecosystem to be studied (forest, prairie, or Lake Michigan) and core content will include defining an ecosystem, its interdependency of living and non-living parts, food chains and webs as well as adaptations. The remaining content is tailored to your school. Choose from additional activities such as dichotomous keys, soil or water testing, microscope use, decomposition, camouflage, migration, journaling activities, and more. 

3-4 hours

Illinois Geology

Fall/Winter/Spring

Visit Rosewood Beach or Heller’s naturalists can travel to your classroom and lead students in an Illinois geologic journey. Students travel through time to discover and describe geological eras and their relationship to the rocks, minerals and fossils found in Illinois. As geologists, students will describe characteristics, record observations, scientifically test, and identify a variety of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks found in Illinois.

90 minutes

Questions?

Contact Us

Jessica
Reyes
Manager
847.579.4182
Meghan
Meredith
Naturalist
847.579.4183
Cara
Wren
Office Coordinator
847.579.4181
Chris
Maliszewski
Assistant Director of Recreation & Facilities
847.579.3108