Educational Resources

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Ecuador & Peru
© The Field Museum, GN91068_091d, K. Bean
Educators' Open House
© The Field Museum, GN91063_059d, K. Bean
Crown Family PlayLab
© The Field Museum, GN89234_22c, J. Weinstein.
Examining Soil Structure
© The Field Museum, GN91068_031d, K. Bean.
Bio-diesel Go-kart
© The Field Museum, GN91059_009d, J. Weinstein.
Renewable Energy Vehicles

The Field Museum has many student programs available for every age group. To learn more about educator workshops, student internships, and other opportunities, please see our Educator Programs. For information on events and activities for families, please visit our Family Programs page.


Teens get to go behind the scenes at The Field Museum and interact with scientists, designers, researchers, and other teen volunteers like themselves to learn what it’s like to tromp through the forests of South America, design an exhibit from scratch, and create their own conservation videos.

For a complete listing and details about preparing for and scheduling student field trips, please view our Field Trip Programs page, where you can download our Student & Educator Program Catalog or sign up for field trips via our Illinois Online Registration Form or Out-of-State Online Registration Form.

Unless otherwise noted, student programs listed in this section are available Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10am or 11am. Maximum of 35 students for all programs.



PlayLab: Self-guided Exploration
Young adventurers have the chance to explore the Crown Family PlayLab! Students can put on an animal costume to crawl, hop, or fly! From digging up dinosaur bones to grinding corn in a Pueblo, little explorers can choose from an endless variety of activities that focus on exploring and understanding plants, animals, and cultures.
Meets ILS goals in English Language Arts, Science, Social Science, Fine Arts.
Program is free for pre-registration groups.


GRADES 3 - 5

Soil Adventure
Discover how soil scientists like Tom Saunders on Dr. Vriesendorp's Amazon team study the “ingredients” of soil, and learn why soil is so important to plants and people. Hear about the secrets of “soil recyclers,” see and touch live earthworms, and practice scientific observation skills.
Meets ILS goals 11, 12, 13. 

GRADES 6 - 12

Renewable Energy Vehicle: From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank
To explore conservation themes, learn how diesel engines work and why they can run on used french fry oil! Students investigate viscosity and determine the best plant-based fuel for varying weather conditions. See the biodiesel go-kart zip around your school parking lot (space and weather permitting) and learn what it means to be “veggie- powered!”
Meets ILS goals 11, 12, 13.
Support for the Renewable Energy Vehicle provided by The Grainger Foundation. Sponsored by: Exelon Corporation.

Renewable Energy Vehicle: Runnin' on Sun
Using real fossil-fuel specimens, roleplay basic parts of a solar panel, then graph research results like solar researchers and engineers. Students examine the efficiency of their solar panel and attempt to improve it with various modifications. This class also includes performance of basic math functions to calculate potential energy and monetary savings from energy-efficient behavioral changes.
Meets ILS goals 11, 12, 13.

Support for the Renewable Energy Vehicle is provided by The Grainger Foundation. Sponsored by: Exelon Corporation. Additional support provided by Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation.