During an Inquiry Adventures field trip, small groups of 5 to 8 youth investigate various aspects of Cook County's natural areas under the guidance of Extension staff and trained Master Naturalist or Master Gardener volunteers. The youth choose their own topic to investigate based on their observations of the nature site. Pre-trip sessions will be conducted to assess children's knowledge and familiarize them with proper forest etiquette. Popular topics include tree surveys, insect counts, pond dips, studies of decaying logs, and plant surveys - but the possibilities are ENDLESS.
Please note that a single trip can accommodate a maximum of 40 youth. The Inquiry Adventures format is geared toward students in grades 5 and up. The Inquiry Adventures program is available to schools and youth organizations in Cook County.
The Inquiry Adventures program is available to day camps, park districts and other organizations that offer programming to youth during the summer. The program format includes:
The Inquiry Adventures program is a great way for students to engage with the practices of science and engineering that are outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards. Teachers that are interested in having their class participate in Inquiry Adventures are strongly encouraged to attend a teacher training session (see http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cook/summerenrichment/). In order to ensure that students get the most out of their experience, the program format for schools includes:
Visit the Cook County Extension Inquiry Adventures webpage for full details.