Science on the Go

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Build your supportive classroom learning community around the wonder of relevant, observable science.

Time of Year
Quarterly During School Year
At Your School
Pre-K to 8th

Provide your students with unique experiences that inspire their connection to the natural world using accessible, NGSS-aligned curricula through Science on the Go. Nurture academic and emotional growth with collaborative thinking and interactive exploration activities.

With Science on the Go you’ll experience both professional learning and practical support through a curriculum-specific workshop, all lesson materials prepped, and an ongoing partnership with a museum educator to collaborate around classroom implementation and reflection. For over 30 years, our experienced education staff has been working side-by-side with teachers and their students throughout Chicago.

Science on the Go registration is open for the 2023-2024 school year. Quarter 4 implementation runs April 9 – May 24, 2024. The registration deadline is March 21, 2024. Click the button below to register your classroom.

Nature Museum educator visits and PD workshops will be in-person and follow all public health, district, and school guidelines. If local health protocols preclude in-person programming, virtual programming will be substituted.

Have questions about the Science on the Go program? Please contact our program manager at

"I would recommend SOG to any of my colleagues. I thought it was a great program and I especially appreciated how all lesson materials were so painstakingly prepared and organized in advance. It was so user friendly."

Science on the Go Program Highlights

With Science on the Go, you’ll invest in:

  • Professional Development workshop to prepare for classroom implementation
  • Nine NGSS-aligned lessons that explore local science content with all teacher and student materials and documents provided
  • All curricula include authentic connections to Chicago’s natural world that foster curiosity and wonder and promote social and emotional well-being
  • All interactive and student materials will be provided in English and Spanish to support students and teachers as they make nature and science connections in the classroom
  • Three lessons taught in your classroom by a visiting museum educator, modeling best practices in science education and incorporating unique resources from the Nature Museum’s living and preserved collections
  • A Field Trip experience to connect classroom learning to real-world experiences at the Nature Museum (including a Field Trip bus reimbursement for an in-person visit, or Virtual Field Trip Workshop for classrooms whose school policy does not include field trips)

"We utilized the Spanish language resources. Thank you for providing the great graphic organizers and other visual resources as well as hands on materials. Great for ELLs!"

Curriculum Choices

Browse our Quarter 4 curriculum choices below, or click here to see the full suite of curriculum choices with descriptions and NGSS alignment for grades K through 8.

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Explore the ways trees around us affect their surroundings and change over time, and how other living things use structures and senses as they interact with the trees.

NGSS: K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-3, 1-LS1-1

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Investigate the ways butterflies find out about the world around them. Explore the unique ways each species responds to the information they collect to increase their chances of survival.

NGSS: 1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2, 2-LS4-1

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What is this plant and how did it get here? Explore plants, what they need to survive in one place, and how they might get to a new location.

NGSS: 2-LS2-2, 2-LS2-1, 1-LS3-1

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What lives in—or used to live in—Chicago’s Great Lakes environment? Students will examine evidence of the ways local freshwater ecosystems have changed over time.

NGSS: 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-1, 4-ESS3-2

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Did you know that insects represent over 80% of the species alive on Earth? Explore the body structures, behaviors, and life cycles of Chicago’s fascinating local insects.

NGSS: 3-LS1-1, 3-LS4-3, 4-LS1-1

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What’s happening in the woodland? Explore how organisms of all sizes, from fungi to frogs, get the matter and energy they need for survival.

NGSS:4-LS1-2, 5-LS2-1, 5-PS3-1

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Investigate the complex role of plants in their ecosystems: the interactions that sustain both plants and animals, and the process plants use to cycle energy and matter into their environments.

NGSS: MS-LS1-4, MS-LS1-5, MS-LS1-6

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What happens to ecosystems when 12 million people move in? Students will analyze and interpret data, construct arguments, and explore the dynamic ecosystems of Illinois to discover how organisms respond to human disruptions.

NGSS: MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-4

"Students work together to discuss and reflect. Sharing findings builds their self-esteem. Now my students are paying more attention to nature nearby!"

Frequently Asked Questions

Science on the Go is a quarter-long program. Each quarter lasts about 7 weeks.

A “classroom” of Science on the Go is the group of students who regularly learn science together at your school in the same place at the same time (often one homeroom group, or one period group).

Register each group for their own “classroom” of Science on the Go.

Absolutely! There are multiple curricula in each grade band to choose from. Register for each quarter separately.

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