Backyard Biodiversity

Ask a Scientist
60 minute live broadcast on select dates and times with a Field Museum scientist. Grades 6th-12th.
Lessons from The Field
30 minute live broadcast available by request M-F with a Field Museum educator. Grades K-8th.

Meet Jim Louderman, Insects Collection Assistant, and discuss the importance of biodiversity and the impact humans have on it. Students will learn 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.

Students will go behind-the-scenes of The Field Museum and "visit" one of the Museum’s state-of-the-art laboratories. Students can see, hear, and interact with Field Museum staff and learn about current research at the Museum. NGSS aligned pre-and-post activities accompany each broadcast. 

Supports NGSS LS2C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience; LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans; ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems; ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions.

Technology Requirements: Virtual Visits is streamed live via video conferencing. Participating classrooms need a high speed internet connection and are encouraged to use their webcam. Classrooms are encouraged to run off of a wired connection.


Lessons from The Field - Registration is available by request M-F, 9am-12pm; 1pm-4pm. 4 weeks advance notice required. Participation in a pre-broadcast technology check required. 

Ask A Scientist - Register for any of the following dates and times.  Participation in a pre-broadcast technology check required. 

  • May 10, 2016 @ 9:30am CT (middle school) & 11am CT (high school)
  • May 11, 2016 @ 9:30am CT (middle school) & 11am CT (middle school)

Compare our Lessons from The Field to our Ask a Scientist program

NGSS Aligned Supplemental Activities 

Lessons from The Field - Elementary classrooms, Middle School classrooms

Ask a Scientist - Middle School classrooms, High School classrooms


Lessons from The Field - Classroom - $59 (35 students or less) $99 (36 students or more)

Ask a Scientist - Classroom -$125 (35 students or less); Multiple classrooms - $250 (36 students or more). 

Scholarships are available for CPS classrooms.

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