Backyard Biodiversity

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.

Participation in a pre-broadcast technology check required.

  With a Scientist With a Museum Educator
Broadcast Length 45 minutes 30 minutes
Scientist present Yes No
Museum educator present Yes Yes
Grades K-8 K-8
Curriculum Available Elementary School

Middle School

Elementary School

Middle School

Standards alignment Yes Yes
Price $125 for 35 students or less

$225 for 36 students or more

$59 for 35 students

$99 for 36 students or more

Scholarships Not currently available Not currently available

For information on future broadcast dates please email

For information on future broadcast dates please email
Register We have no scheduled broadcasts in spring 2017 We have no scheduled broadcasts in spring 2017

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