Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie School Programs

A visit to Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie is an opportunity to experience the Illinois of yesteryear, when prairies covered most of the state.

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Current School Programs

Prairie Primer

The Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie natural areas will introduce young explorers to prairie life—both plant and animal. Students enjoy a sensory rich experience that allows them to touch, smell and see the differences between Illinois native prairie plants. A guided trail walk allows students to identify common prairie plants and discover evidence of animal life.

Prairie 101

Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie is the ideal setting for students to see first hand how this grassland differs from other types of ecosystems. Students will learn to identify the characteristics of native plants and find out what makes prairie plants adaptable to such harsh conditions. We’ll discover the principles of controlled fire and find out what types of wildlife make the prairie their home. An interactive prairie walk includes hands on natural history activities.

A Mighty Wind

Most of the electricity that we use in Illinois comes from burning coal or through nuclear power—which are not always environmentally friendly sources. Learn about wind power as a safer energy alternative, as well as some of the other forms of alternative energy that are now available. Students will work together in small teams to construct a kite, and then test it outside to see wind power in action!

Seeds

Explore the world of seeds- from how they are formed, to how seeds have adapted to disperse in many different ways! Students will create their own seed dispersal mechanism-and test it to see how far the seeds can disperse, walk the trails to learn about the different plants and seeds that can be found on the prairie, to helping plant milkweed seeds.

Going Green

What makes a building “green”? Learn why the Evelyn Pease Tyner Interpretive Center is a LEED Platinum certified building, and discover all the green technologies that are incorporated into its design. We’ll take you on a guided tour of the building that will focus on the geothermal heating and cooling system, photovoltaic roof panels and eco-friendly building materials and practices. Outside we’ll take a close-up look at the Tyner Center’s vegetative roof and learn about the history of Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie.

Registration Information

  • Program content and activities are geared for the specific grade level registering. All programs can be adapted for a particular focus, special needs or a diverse audience. Homeschool groups are always welcomed.
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Schools within Glenview Park District boundaries are eligible for discounted fees based on the Glenview Park District Annual Recommendations.
  • For all programs, teachers and aides may participate free of charge. In addition, one chaperone per 15 students may participate free of charge. We recommend bringing one adult for every 10 students. Because many program activities take place outdoors, students should arrive dressed for the weather. Closed-toed shoes are recommended.
  • Photos and videos are periodically taken of people participating in Glenview Park District programs and activities. All persons registering for park district programs/activities or using park district property thereby agree that any photograph or videotape taken by the part district may be used by the park district for promotional purposes including its electronic media, videotapes, brochures, flyers and other publications without additional prior notice or permission and without compensation to the participant.
  • Upon booking, you will receive a confirmation with specific information about your program and any pre-trip or post-trip activities that may apply.

To register for Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie School programs, please call 224 521 2114 or 224 521 2105 or e-mail judy.picicco@glenviewparks.org or janet.franke@glenviewparks.org.