Backyard Biodiversity

Virtual Visit with a Museum Educator
30 minute live broadcast available by request M-F. Grades K-8
Virtual Visit with a Scientist
45 minute live broadcast on select dates and times. Grades K-8

Meet Jim Louderman, Insects Collection Assistant, and discuss the importance of biodiversity and the impact humans have on it. This visit will focus on the Illinois prairie land and the steps conservationists are taking to preserve and restore 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 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.


Educator Led Broadcast - Registration is available by request M-F, 9am-12pm; 1pm-4pm. 2 weeks advance notice required. Participation in a pre-broadcast technology check required.

Scientist Led Broadcast - Register for Spring 2017, dates TBD.

Compare our Educator Led Broadcast to our Scientist Led Broadcast program.

NGSS Aligned Supplemental Activities 

Elementary classrooms

Middle School classrooms

High School classrooms


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.

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