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Virtual Visits from The Field

Can’t come to The Field? Let us bring The Field experience to your classroom. This program gives students a unique opportunity to follow the story of a Museum specimen from the time it’s collected until it becomes part of the Museum’s 25 million object collection. 

Virtual Visits from The Field gives students an unparalleled chance to connect the research occurring at the Museum with learning in their own classroom. Using a 60-minute live broadcast, students can see, hear, and interact with researchers during a behind-the-scenes “visit” to the Museum’s state-of-the-art laboratory.

Participants will be able to meet scientist Bill Stanley, Director of Collections, and follow along as he conducts a squirrel skinning and dissection. Students will be able to interact with Stanley and get an up-close sense of his work along with the other research occurring at The Field. They’ll also be able to ask questions and hear his answers in real-time via chat. This program is offered for both a Middle School and High School audience.

Educational Activities
In addition to the live broadcast, participating classrooms are supplied with grade-level appropriate supplemental educational activities and material to increase student learning before and after the live broadcast. The activities are available in two tracks: Anatomy or Research.The live broadcast and supplemental activities align with the NGSS Science Practices.

We will announce our 2014/2015 school year schedule in May.

Questions? Please contact us at Virtual Visits from The Field

35 students or less - $125
36 students or more - $250

Technology Requirements
Virtual Visits is streamed live via video conferencing. Participating classrooms need a high speed Internet connection. Classrooms are encouraged to run off of a wired, not wireless connection. Classrooms equipped with a webcam can use the web cam to video chat with the scientist. Please see the technology guide at the end of this page.

Questions about the program? Contact the Virtual Visits Team

A note regarding squirrel specimens
The squirrel specimens used in Virtual Visits from The Field were found dead on the side of the road and brought into the Museum by Museum staff or community members from around the state of Illinois. 

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