Field Trips

Bring your class to DCHC for a stress-free experience! Students grades K - 8 will learn about local history through a variety of field trip options!

To better meet the needs of teachers, we have created lesson plans that directly connect to the curriculum. Don't have a transportation budget? Check out our in-class programs!

Tale of Two Histories: 4th Grade

This field study connects English, social studies, and science in an authentic learning environment. In this half-day, interactive experience, students will start at the DeKalb County Community Foundation’s renovated depot to explore the impact the railroad had in area communities. Then, they will travel to the 1835 Miller Cabin and the Hoppe Heritage Farm Forest Preserve to examine the cultural experiences of the early pioneers while discovering the natural history connected to the prairie.

Use the link below as an overview or recap of the field study. It includes a map, a photo, and a brief description of the image (note you can move around further north on the map to see Genoa).

Click here to see this supplemental material.

Presentation: 4 hours (there is an option to have a picnic at the Forest Preserve after the program)

Fee: $4 per student

Programs are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Core Curriculum Standards:

Content Standard C, Life Science: Understand that humans change environments in ways that can be beneficial or detrimental for themselves and other organisms.

Content Standard 12B2: Identify and explain ways that technology changes ecosystems.

ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3: Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

ELA Literacy.SL.4.3: Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points.