School Programs

Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie School Programs

The Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie is a 32-acre remnant of the tallgrass prairie that once stretched for millions of square miles across much of North America. Here you can experience what northern Illinois was like during pre-settlement conditions and view native vegetation close-up through our teaching gardens and walking paths. The 3,000 square foot Evelyn Pease Tyner Interpretive Center serves as a showcase for green technology, and has been certified as LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council.


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A visit to Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie is an opportunity to experience the Illinois of yesteryear, when prairies covered most of the state. Students will discover this diverse ecosystem up close with a variety of environmental education and natural history programs. At this unique site, students may also learn about the future of our environment through sustainability programming that features alternative energy, recycling and the latest in green technology.

To download a brochure with detailed information on these programs, as well as school programs at The Grove National Historic Landmark and Wagner Farm, click here.

School Programs

The following programs are available. Each program fulfills Illinois State Board of Education Standards indicated.

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.

Grade Level: pre K-1
Program Length: 1 hr
State Standards: 12.A.1a, 12.A.1b, 12.B.1a, 12.B.1b
Min/Max: 12/50
Fee: $5.25
Availability: Fall or spring

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.

Grade Level: 1-6
Program Length: 1.5 hours
State Standards: 12.B.2a, 12.B.3a, 13.B.2f, 13.B.3e 
Min/Max: 12/50
Fee: $5.25
Availability: Fall or spring

Recycling 101

Learn what happens to items after being placed in the trash—you’ll be surprised to find out how long some things can last in a landfill! Students will learn to identify what can and cannot be recycled through interactive games and activities. We’ll discover why recycling is so important, what can be made from recycled materials and ways we can reduce our waste at school and at home.

Grade Level: 3-5
Program Length: 1.5 hours
State Standards: 12.E.2c, 12.E.3c, 13.B.3d
Min/Max: 15/30
Fee: $5.25
Availability: Year round

Weather Wise

Why does the wind blow? What do the cloud patterns mean? How do meteorologists predict the weather? Discover the answers to these questions and find out about other fascinating climate and weather topics. Students will learn how the weather affects our day-to-day lives and how our actions may be affecting the climate around the world. Hands-on activities will include taking measurements and readings, as well as using the Tyner Center’s weather station.

Grade Level: 3-5
Program Length: 1.5 hours
State Standards: 12.E.2a, 12.E.3a, 12.E.3b
Min/Max: 12/30
Fee: $5.25
Availability: Fall or spring

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!

Grade Level: 5-8
Program Length: 1.5 hours
State Standards: 12.E.2a, 12.E.3a
Min/Max: 15/30
Fee: $5.25
Availability: Fall or spring

Scientific Methods

This science-based program provides students with hands-on experiences both in the field and in the laboratory through close investigation of Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie. We’ll compare two different locations on the prairie using a quadrat study and transect sampling techniques. Students will use the scientific method to form a hypothesis, take measurements and collect data, then draw their own conclusions about the health and diversity of the prairie ecosystem.

Grade Level: 5-8
Program Length: 2 hours
State Standards: 11.A.3a, 11.A.3c, 11.A.3d, 11.A.3f
Min/Max: 12/30
Fee: $6.75
Availability: Early fall or late spring

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.

Grade Level: 6-8
Program Length: 1 hour
State Standards: 12.E.3c, 13.B.3a, 13.B.3e
Min/Max: 12/30
Fee: $5.25
Availability: Year round

Human Footprint

Humans have been impacting the earth for thousands of years. In this timely program, we’ll learn about natural resource consumption and how the choices we make as individuals can have a global effect on the health and climate of the world. Hands-on activities with an interactive landscape model will demonstrate first hand how our actions impact the land. Students will find out what a “carbon footprint” is, how to calculate the footprint of their school or home, and some practical ways to reduce their impact on the earth.

Grade Level: 6-8
Program Length: 1.5 hours
State Standards: 12.B.2a, 12.B.3a, 12.E.2c, 12.E.3c, 13.B.3a, 13.B.3d
Min/Max: 12/30
Fee: $5.25
Availability: Year round 

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 224-521-2105 or e-mail judy.ksiazek@glenviewparks.org

Groups

A visit to Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie is also a special experience for all types of groups including preschools, camps, seniors and scout groups. We have a variety of available options ranging from tours of the facility to hands-on programs. For more information, click here.