Backyard Biodiversity


Educator Led Visit
30 minute live broadcast available by request M-F. Grades K-8
Scientist Led Visit
60 minute live broadcast on select dates and times. Grades 6-12

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 Next Generation Science Standards:

  • 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.

Registration

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

Scientist Led Broadcast - Register for any of the following dates and times.  Registration required two weeks before broadcast date. 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 Educator Led Broadcast to our Scientist Led Broadcast program.

NGSS Aligned Supplemental Activities 

Elementary classrooms

Middle School classrooms

High School classrooms

Price

Educator Led Broadcast - Classroom - $59 (35 students or less) $99 (36 students or more)

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

Scholarships are available for CPS classrooms.

Questions? Please contact us at virtualvisits@fieldmuseum.org.