Field Trips

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 the Common Core state standards.

Some programs are best conducted on-site at the museum but many programs can be done at school.  $1 per student, per program is appreciated. Museum staff can conduct programs in just about any space including: classrooms, libraries, multipurpose rooms, and gyms. Please call 847.850.2135 or email museum@bgparks.org to schedule a program.

Museum Programs

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 playing old-fashioned hames. 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. 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 they use their money to go shopping in the Museum’s General Store. 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. Program time: 1 hour.

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.

Measurement- grades 2-3:  When is an estimate good enough? How far is far? Students discover the importance of measurement, while using the Raupp Museum of Mike Rylko Community Park as a living lab for hands-on experiments. This program builds practice in measuring, recording and estimating into an overall story, which allows students to discover why these skills matter in their everyday lives. Program time: 1 hour.

Packing for Pioneer Life- grades 3-4: 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.

Invention Versus Innovation – grades 3-4: Students learn about the power of invention by looking at 2 classic history-making examples from the museum’s collection – cameras and telephones. They will then learn about innovation, as they explore how both of these inventions changed over time, and eventually merged into today’s smartphones. Program time: 1 hour.

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, helping readers understand their message. Program time: 1 hour.

Early Chicago – grades 3-5: Learn about the early history of Chicago – how it developed, why it grew, and the different ways in which Chicago and the suburbs are connected. 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- 1.5 hours.

The Civil War- grades 5-8:  Students will learn the stories of local residents affected by the Civil War and explore how the national issues involved in this conflict affected people on a local level. Program time: 1 hour.

WWII- grades 5-8: From aircraft carriers on Lake Michigan to food rationing at home, WWII had an effect on everyone. Students will learn what life was like locally during this time period, and the role kids played in the war effort. Program time: 1 hour.

Nature Classroom 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 museum’s nature classroom. Please note: All of the nature programs are weather-dependent.

Insects- grades 2-3: Students will learn about different insects that live in Buffalo Grove parks. They will then spend time int he park looking for insect habitats, collecting examples, and charting their finds. Program time: 1 hour. Please note: This program is conducted in September, October, April and May.

Adaptation- grades 3-4: How do animals and plants survive and thrive? They adapt. This program will teach students about the different ways that plants and animals adapt to their environments and to the changing seasons. Students will explore the park to look for examples of adaptations and share their discoveries. 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.

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