From Water to Land: A Plant's Journey from the Beginning of Time

Scientist Led Visit
60 minute live broadcast on select dates and times. Grades 6-12.

Explore evolution 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. 

Students will go behind-the-scenes of The Field Museum and "visit" to 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 Standard:

  • LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity

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.


Dates for 2015-2016 school year have passed. Please stay tuned for next year's broadcast dates.

NGSS Aligned Supplemental Activities 

Middle School classrooms

High School classrooms


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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