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Virtual Visits from The Field

Can’t come to The Field Museum? Let us bring The Field experience to your classroom. Virtual Visits from The Field extends science directly into your classroom through LIVE video broadcasts from The Field Museum.

•  Meet and chat with a scientist in real time.

•  Visit a behind-the-scenes lab.

Virtual Visits from The Field gives students an unparalleled chance to connect the research occurring at the Museum with learning in their own classroom. Using a 60-minute live broadcast, students can see, hear, and interact with researchers during a behind-the-scenes “visit” to the Museum’s state-of-the-art laboratory. All programs are NGSS aligned.

New! Backyard Biodiversity

Dates: 9/30, 10/1, 5/1 and 5/13 at 9:30am and 11:00am CT

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Meet Jim Louderman, Insects Collection Assistant, and discuss the importance of biodiversity and the impact humans have on it. Jim will show the students how to identify beetles collected in a carrion trap and interpret those findings to assess the quality of habitat based on the biodiversity of beetles found. Pre-and-post broadcast activities are included with registration. 
NGSS DCI Alignments: LS2C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience; LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans; ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems; ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions.

Squirrels: Inside Out
Dates: 10/7, 10/8, 3/24, 3/25 at 9:30am and 11:00am CT
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Meet Anna Goldman (Fall), Assistant Collections Manager, and Bill Stanley (Spring), Director of Collections, and follow along as they conduct a squirrel skinning and dissection. Students will learn about the anatomy of the Illinois Gray Squirrel and how museum collections further scientific research and discovery.
NGSS DCI Alignments: LS1.A Structure and Function 

New! The Name Game: MicroPlants
Dates: 10/9, 10/10, 10/14, 10/15, 5/19. 5/20 at 9:30am and 11:00am CT
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Explore taxonomy through the lens of citizen science! Participants will learn about the evolution of early land plants and will engage in the process of collecting and classifying bryophytes (microplants) with Museum scientist Laura Briscoe. Students will have the opportunity to become citizen scientists and contribute to an active research project at The Field Museum involving microplants. 
NGSS DCI Alignments: LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity

New! Extreme Ecosystems: Hydrothermal Vents
Dates: 11/4, 11/5 at 9:30am and 11:00am CT
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Take a virtual journey down to the depths of the sea floor and explore the unique ecosystem of a hydrothermal vent.  Join scientist Janet Voight as she discusses the creatures that live near these vents and how they have evolved adaptations to their dark, harsh chemical environment. 
NGSS DCI Alignments: LS4.C Adaptation; LS2.C Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience; ESS2.E Biogeology 

Questions? Please contact us at Virtual Visits from The Field


35 students or less - $125

36 students or more - $250

Technology Requirements

Virtual Visits is streamed live via video conferencing. Participating classrooms need a high speed Internet connection. Classrooms are encouraged to run off of a wired connection.
Questions? Contact the Virtual Visits Team. 

A note regarding squirrel specimens

The squirrel specimens used in Virtual Visits from The Field were found dead on the side of the road and brought into the Museum by Museum staff or community members from around the state of Illinois. 

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