Educator Resource Kits

Rent one of these resource-filled kits for your classroom. They're available to formal and informal educators.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources kit

Enliven your lessons about the animals and plants in our own backyard. Shedd is one of several host sites for 10 resource kits. Trunks are available on:

  • Aquatic Illinois
  • Illinois birds
  • Illinois fossils
  • Illinois insects and spiders
  • Illinois invasive species
  • Illinois prairies
  • Illinois state symbols
  • Illinois trees
  • Illinois wild mammals
  • People and animals from Illinois' past
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Cost: Free
Schedule a loan by contacting Teacher Services.

These resources are available through a partnership with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

“Great Lakes in My World” kit

Bring aquatic science with a local flavor into your classroom. Based on the Alliance for the Great Lakes’s “Great Lakes in My World” curriculum for kindergarten through grade 8, these trunks include lesson plans and correlating materials to guide your students through an exploration of the Great Lakes environment.

Trunks are available on the following Great Lakes topics: water (grades 4-8), habitats (grades 3-8) and biodiversity (K-grade 8).

Boxes can be rented for $15 for a maximum of three weeks. 
To schedule a loan, contact Teacher Services.

These resources are available through a partnership with the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

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