Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant
Take your students on a field trip to study some aspect of Illinois' biodiversity.
Listen to our
Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant podcast for helpful hints (text version).
Video podcasts with detailed information and examples
to help you complete the grant application correctly:
Search for "Grants."
Next Generation Science Standards
Illinois has a great diversity of natural resources. Taking your
students on a field trip to see some of them can be a wonderful experience and can help you to
incorporate many Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in your teaching. It provides an
opportunity for students to study topics that they have discussed in the classroom. It makes
abstract concepts more concrete. It provides students with a base of knowledge from which to
expand. How can students understand the way the natural world works if they do not regularly visit,
explore and observe it? The items listed below are suggestions and only relate to NGSS Life Science
and Earth and Space Sciences Performance Expectations. They are also related to work to be
accomplished in a single-day field trip. Please do not be limited by the suggestions. It is
possible to incorporate other NGSS and Common Core Standards, as well. There are many other ways to
use a field trip to enhance student learning, too.