Sixth grade

in-school programs

The Forest Preserve District of Will County offers five different in-school field trips for sixth students.

Jolliet & Marquette: Quest for the Mississippi

This program revisits the travels of Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet in their expedition down the Mississippi River. Students examine what these two men needed to survive their 2,500-mile voyage, and will use critical problem solving skills to learn how their travels and discoveries led to the fur trade era in the Illinois region.
Time: 1 hour
Area of study: Cultural history

Whoose Bones?

Turn your classroom into a forensic lab for dissecting and reconstructing the mystery of owl pellets. Students will reveal a food chain and predator/prey relationships right on their desks. 
Time: 1 hour
Area of study: Flora and fauna

Illinois Mammals

In this program, students learn about mammals and their amazing life histories. Discussion includes classification, habitats and food preferences. Students explore firsthand local mammal species by investigating real fur and bone samples.
Time: 1 hour
Area of study: Flora and fauna

Native American Uses of Nature

Students learn about the Native American tribes that lived in this region before European settlers arrived, and the roles that men, women and children played in their family, in work life and in the community. By learning how the native tribes used raw materials to make tools, build shelters and find food, students gain an understanding of the impact they had on the natural environment.
Time: 1 hour
Area of study: Cultural history, flora and fauna

Snowshoe Through Time II

Connect history, science, engineering, math and nature through snowshoes! Students will understand the relationship between physics and real-world snowshoe design, including calculating pounds per square inch. Discover the pivotal role snowshoes played in the migration of people across the globe and right here in Will County. Indoor activities are available in the event of no snow or inclement weather.
Time: 1 hour
Area of study: Cultural history, physical education and STEM Strong
Available December-February


Programs may start at 9 a.m. and must conclude by 3 p.m. Multiple dates may be required for multiple classes. A teacher or school staff member must remain present throughout the program presentation.