Teach your students about sustainability and food production, with plenty of hands-on activities and fun lessons built in.
Contact us to arrange a field trip to The Plant or to have Plant Chicago staff visit your classroom.
Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate Group Tours and Closed Loop Labs for groups younger than 4th grade at this time. We expect to be able to offer programs for younger audiences in School Year 2017-18.
Visiting groups must wear closed toed shoes and casual clothing.
Classroom Visits (One class period)
A Plant Chicago educator will introduce your class to closed loop systems, using a small aquaponic system and algae bioreactor to demonstrate concepts like waste reuse. An excellent primer for a tour of The Plant.
Tours (1 hour)
We can tailor our tour to highlight different aspects of food production, energy conservation and material reuse. Students can see closed loop systems in action, including an aquaponics farm, mushroom lab, compost gardens and more.
Closed Loop Labs (1–1.5 hours)
Labs take place at The Plant and are best combined with a tour. Students develop a deeper understanding of closed loop systems through supervised, interactive projects. Workshops are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. Current hands-on labs include:
1.) Aquaponics: Delve deeper into the science behind aquaponics and learn more about the nitrogen system! Students build their own self-watering planter out of reclaimed materials.
2.) Native Pollinators: Learn about the importance of native pollinators for our food system! Students will build their own native pollinator habitat for solitary bees made out of reclaimed materials.
3.) Vermicomposting: Students will get the chance to build a worm bin for their classroom. Learn more about producers, decomposers and consumers with this interactive worm workshop.
4). Water Chemistry: Using the aquaponics farms as a field site, students use the scientific method test the water to determine the “health” of the water.