Learning Expeditions

Field Trip Alert!

The Education Department of Burpee Museum enjoys a reputation among area educators for providing high quality educational programming.  The education staff and volunteer docents are uniquely qualified to give your students an educational experience in a visually exciting setting.  Our dedicated staff members are professionals with classroom experience.  Tours are structured, designed to meet the needs of your class, and include hands-on experiences and dialogue between the museum educator and students. Burpee Museum is the perfect destination for a focused field trip—not so large as to be intimidating but with enough to satisfy any enquiring mind!  All our tours and workshops are aligned to the Illinois State Goals for Learning.

Upon arrival, groups are met by their tour guide, who assists with coats, lunches, bathrooms etc.  Once the tour starts, everyone can relax and enjoy themselves with the tour guide taking the lead .The guide stays with the group throughout their scheduled time and directs the group to the lunch room or the front lobby for departure at the end of the visit.

Fee$5.00 per student/chaperone (teachers and staff no charge)
Time: All tours last approx an hour
Minimum15 people or $75.00
Maximum: 30 in a group, up to 4 groups at one time (*see exceptions)

Fossils & Dinosaurs 
This tour focuses on the scientific process using fossil evidence.  Students explore an ancient ocean, walk among giant ferns and insects of a prehistoric forest, and learn about Burpee’s dinosaur discoveries.  Includes time in the award winning interactive exhibit Jane:  Diary of a Dinosaur andHomer's Odyssey: From the Badlands to Burpee. 
Aligned to Illinois State Learning Standards 4A, 5A, 11A, 12A, 12B, 13A

Dinosaurs: Jane and Homer
This tour focuses on the Cretaceous time period, highlighting Burpee Museum's two real fossil specimens Jane, a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex and Homer, a sub-adult Triceratops. Includes the newly installed Homer's Odyssey exhibit. 
Aligned to Illinois State Learning Standards 4A, 5A, 11A, 12A, 12B, 13A

The First People: Native Americans in North America
The main focus is Woodland cultures of this area.  As part of the tour, students get a taste of Native American life by gathering around a “fire” in our authentic wigwam.  We compare the lifeways of people of the Eastern Woodlands, Great Plains, and the Desert Southwest and examine how the environment influenced the Peoples’ way of life.  Information about prehistoric people, the mound Builders and the mounds at Beattie Park can be included.
Aligned to ISLS 4A, 5A, Goal 16, 17C, 18A, 18C
Illinois State (2 hours, $6.00 per student/$5.00 chaperone)
A look at the Prairie State examining local Native Americans, state symbols, natural habitats and geologic history.
Aligned to ISLS 4A, 5A, 12E, 16A, 16E

Windows to Wilderness  
Explore nature in the Rock River Valley as you venture into our biology exhibit.  Focusing on local ecosystems and wildlife, this exhibit offers a fun, interactive approach to the world around us.  This tour includes “up close and personal” with some of Burpee’s live animals.
Aligned to ISLS 4A, 5A, 12A, 12B, 12E, 16E, 17B, 17C

Beneath Our Feet 
This tour covers the basics of geology including sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks; mining and earth shaping forces.
Aligned to ISLS 4A, 5A, 12E, 17B, 17C

Illinois State Tour*
A look at the Prairie State examining local Native American culture, state symbols, natural habitats, and geologic history.*
Aligned to ISLS 4A, 5A, 12E, 16A, 16E

*2 hours/ $7.00 per student, $5.00 per chaperone

Dinomite! and Pint Size Pow Wow
Special Preschool and Kindergarten age versions of our two most popular tours. We also offer a Preschool and Kindergarten version of our Windows To Wilderness tour.

Contact Sheila Rawlings  for more information on Tours