Teaching students with special needs
Forest Preserve education programs and resources are a great fit with special needs classes. Non-traditional learning environments and hands-on engagement are proven methodologies to connect with alternative learning students. Additionally, the District offers sites and accommodations for all audiences. Experienced educators are trained and eager to teach audiences of all abilities. Contact us to explore opportunities for your special education students.
Field trips and in-classroom presentations
Organized home school groups of 10 or more age-appropriate students may register for field trip and in-school programs. In-school programs may be presented in public buildings. They may not be presented in private residences. Visit the School Programs page to see the programs available and how to submit a school program request.
Virtual home school and remote learning programs
Isle a la Cache Museum is offering several virtual programs for individual students this fall. Any grade-appropriate student is welcome to participate in these programs, including those who are homeschooling or enrolled in remote learning.
These programs are offered as Zoom webinars. Programs are free, and students must register through the District’s online registration system. Once registered, a link for the Zoom webinar will be emailed to the participant. Programs are scheduled only for the times and dates listed.
Wednesday, September 23, or Thursday, September 24
Students will participate in an online training experience to become 18th century fur traders. Interpretive naturalists provide the opportunity for students to meet residents of 1750s Illinois Country. Students receive training and practice in the barter system used by the French and Native Potawatomi to exchange furs and goods. By participating in a trade, students learn about the benefits of this economic process. Once registered, a link for the Zoom webinar will be emailed to the participant.
Area of study: Cultural history
Endangered Species Spotlight: Turtles
Tuesday, October 6, or Wednesday, October 7
Students will learn about a local endangered species, the Blanding’s turtle, by meeting one of Isle a la Cache Museum’s animal ambassadors. Discover what special adaptations help these semi-aquatic turtles survive and find out how a species can become endangered. Students will also learn what they can do to help local endangered species. Once registered, a link for the Zoom webinar will be emailed to the participant.
Areas of study: Flora/fauna
Quest for the Mississippi
Tuesday, November 17, or Wednesday, November 18
Students will learn about the travels of Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet down the “mighty Mississippi” River. An interpretive naturalist facilitates a “choose your adventure” activity where students use critical thinking skills to determine the best course of action when faced with the same hardships and successes of Marquette and Jolliet during their 2,500-mile voyage in 1673. Once registered, a link for the zoom Webinar will be emailed to the participant.
Area of Study: Cultural history
More Resources for Teaching at Home
Visit the Educator Resources page for print-ready activities and lessons, information on how to take home one of our 11 resource loan kits, and regional resources for teaching.
Have your students check out Willy's Wilderness for nature-themed learning and engaging activities.
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