The Raupp Museum offers a variety of programs for school groups and home school associations. Programs are available Monday through Friday during school hours and meet many Illinois learning standards.
Some programs are best conducted on-site at the museum but many programs can be done at school. $25 donations per class, per program is appreciated. Museum staff can conduct programs in just about any space including: classrooms, libraries, multipurpose rooms, and gyms. Please call 847.459.2318 to schedule a program.
Nature programs – These brand new programs are great introductions to science concepts and the natural world. They are conducted at the Mike Rylko Community Park in the new museum nature classroom. Please note: All of the nature programs are weather-dependent. Topics include:
Insects- grades 2-3: Students compare common characteristics of insect growth cycles. They learn about insect habitats and identify insect anatomy. Then, students explore the woodland and marsh areas in Rylko Park for evidence of insect activity. They collect and record their data to understand why insects are necessary. Program time: 1 hour. Please note: This program is conducted in September, October, April and May.
Adaptation- grades 3-4: This program helps kids to identify adaptations that help plants and animals survive in specific environments including camouflage and bird beak shapes and sizes. Students then explore Rylko Park to find animals and identify physical features of the animals that help them survive and the food sources available. After collecting their data, students organize it into graphs and charts. Program time: 1 hour. Please note: This program is conducted in September, October, April and May.
Ecosystems- grades 3-5: Students learn about how living and non-living things interact within ecosystems. They also learn about the impact of human activity on ecosystems including effects of farming, pollution and rerouting. To demonstrate this, students explore the Buffalo Creek watershed and test for oxygen levels, pH, chlorides and nitrates. Program time: 1 hour. Please note: This program is conducted in September, October, April and May.
Measurement- grades 2-3: Students learn about measurement through hands-on activities . These activities are designed to enhance measuring skills for length, circumference, volume, and estimation. Program time: 1 hour. Please note: this program is best conducted at Rylko Park but the Raupp Museum can be used as an alternative site if weather is not permitting.
Cows are Cool- grades PreK- 3: This fun program introduces
children to the life of a dairy farmer in turn-of-the-century Buffalo Grove. Participants get a hands-on experience by milking the museum’s working replica dairy cow, churning butter, and getting to taste the butter on crackers. Appropriate for preschool to 3rd grade. Program time: 1 hour.
Potawatomi Pathways- grades PreK-5: This program on Native American history allows students to touch reproduction Potawatomi artifacts, listen to a Native American folktale, and play a hands-on game with animal footprints. Older students can try a different game that allows them to simulate a Native American trading post. Appropriate for preschool through 5th grade. Program time: 1 hour.
Tiny Traders- grades 1-2: In this award-winning program, students discover what it was like for farmers to go shopping 125 years ago. First, students milk the museum’s replica cow, gather chicken eggs and receive a shopping list. Then, they sell their milk for money at the creamery. Finally, students shop at the general store in the Crossroads gallery using their money and eggs to buy and barter for things on their shopping list. This is the perfect way to teach younger students the difference between wants and needs, and the connection between work and money. Please note: this program is only conducted at the museum. It works best with 1.5 to 2 hours allotted and help from four chaperones.
Buffalo Grove Now and Then- grades 1-5: This program showcases the changes that have occurred in Buffalo Grove during the past 100 years. First, students look at a series of artifacts that span a century to see how one object changes over time.Then, a slide show contrasts pictures of past Buffalo Grove buildings with the buildings that currently stand in those locations. Finally, an artifact guessing game encourages students to have fun with history. Program time: 1 hour.
Packing for Pioneer Life- grades 3-5: The life of Buffalo Grove’s earliest settlers is highlighted in this hands-on program. Students start by brainstorming a pioneer’s needs in the 1830s for settling in Buffalo Grove. Next, the museum educator opens a pioneer trunk filled with reproduction artifacts and students discuss the uses of each item, and how the item would fulfill pioneer needs. Finally, students use their new knowledge in a hands-on packing activity. Please note: This program can be modified for special needs students. Program time: 1 hour.
Civil War- grades 5-8: This in-class presentation makes the American Civil War come to life as students learn about what it was like to be a soldier. They will hear about the experiences of local soldiers: from camp life and battles, to the struggles their families faced on the home front. Program time: 1 hour.
Archaeology- grades 4-6: This exciting program introduces students to local history, science, and practice of archaeology! After viewing a presentation about archaeology principles and techniques, students put their knowledge to work by participating in a mock dig and analyzing the artifacts that they uncover. Please note: This program is only conducted at the museum, and is available in the fall and spring September, October, April, and May, weather permitting. Program time: 1.5 hours.
NEW WWII- grades 5-8: Learn about life on the home front with this in-class presentation. Students learn about rationing, women in the workforce, scrap metal drives, local military bases, and how children contributed to the war effort. Program time: 1 hour.
NEW What makes a good exhibit?- grades 3-5: This program introduces students to design behind effective signs, displays, and exhibits. Using hands-on examples, they discover the way that information is visually arranged is ket ot helping readers understand their message. Program time: 1 hour.