School Programs and Field Trips at The Grove

Learn first hand about local environmental science and history with a field trip at The Grove. Aligned with Common Core standards, The Grove’s school programs are meant to supplement a teacher’s curriculum. To register for Grove programs or for more information, including pricing, please call or email Program Coordinator Janet Franke at 224 521 2114 or

virtual field trips

PLEASE NOTE: We’re currently not offering in-person field trips for school groups. We are offering virtual field trips!

The Grove National Historic Landmark has enjoyed a long-standing tradition of providing in-person field trips to area school children. During this time of remote learning we are pleased to bring experiential learning opportunities directly to you and your students through live and interactive virtual field trips.

Choose from five different topics for grades K-8 that explore history, animals and the natural world. A virtual field trip includes:

  • More than 30 minutes of standards-aligned content
  • A multi-media presentation led by costumed educators via Zoom
  • Time for Q & A with staff experts


Join us for a tour of the exciting exhibits highlighting Robert Kennicott’s life, as well as meeting some of the live animals that make The Grove their home. Grades 1-5

Common Core Standards: 1-LS1-1; 2-LS4-1; 3LS2-1; 3-LS4-2; 3LS4-3; 4-LS1-1; MS-LS1-4


Explore The Grove’s trails and discover all the different species of plants and wildlife that can be found living in our wetlands, prairies and oak savannas. Grades 1-8

Common Core Standards: K-LS1-1; K-ESS2-1; K-ESS2-2; 1-LS1-1; 2-LS4-1; 3-LS3-2; 4-LS1-1; 5-LS1-1; MS-LS1-4


Experience what life was like for pioneer families living in our authentic log cabin. Grades 1-6

Common Core Standards: SS.H.3.1; SS.H.2.2; SS.H.1.3; SS.H.2.4; SS.H.3.5; SS.H.2.6.LC


Learn in first person from our one-room schoolhouse, so that your students can step back in time and experience an 1800’s classroom. Grades 1-8

Common Core Standards: SS.H.3.1; SS.H.2.2; SS.H.1.3; SS.H.2.4; SS.H.3.5; SS.H.1.6.LC; SS.H.1.7.LC; SS.H.1.8.LC


Discover what life was like for Civil War soldiers traveling hundreds of miles on foot. Grades 5-8

Common Core Standards: SS.G.1.5; SS.H.1.6-8.LC