Pre- & Post-Visit Resources

Science and Nature at Cantigny Park

The videos, books, documents and activities listed with each field trip can be used to introduce topics before the trip or to reinforce concepts after the trip.

Eco-Exploration: Biodiversity and Adaptations in Multiple Ecosystems

Video: How Wolves Changed Rivers (Grades 4-12)
Lesson: Wolves Changed the Yellowstone National Park (Grades 7-12)

The Circle of Life: Exploring Energy Through Cycles

Book: A Log’s Life by Wendy Pfeffer (Grades 1-3)
Video: How Wolves Changed Rivers (Grades 4-8)
Lesson: Wolves Changed the Yellowstone National Park (Grades 7-8)

Tree Talk: The Tremendous Life of a Tree

Handout: Tree School (Grades 4-8)
Video: Ecosystems (Grades 4-12)

What’s the Buzz: Exploring Plant Adaptations, Pollinators, and Biodiversity

Activities: Monarch Butterflies (Grades 4-8)
Video: What Happens if All the Bees Die? (Grades 6-12)
Video: The Hidden Beauty of Pollination (Grades 9-12)

Ponder This: Cantigny Ponds and Human Impact

Video: How Wolves Changed Rivers (Grades 6-12)

Military History at the First Division Museum


Q-Storm can help get you started. Use the exhibit as a source. The soldier story pods have male and female soldiers from a variety of ethnic backgrounds talking about the missions they went on and how they felt about their service. The tank battle recreation and counterinsurgency house raid virtual reality will allow students to see a mission from the soldier perspective. The visitor engagement interactive allows students delve deeply into the decision-making process about when and where to deploy our military. The artifacts tell a story about the tools used and the exhibit text provides context. Additional research and a debrief can be done in the classroom.


Modern Warfare Framework

History and Civics at the Robert R. McCormick House


Social stories
Help your students prepare by sharing wayfinding information about the McCormick House

Elementary Level
Walk from the Visitors Center to the McCormick House
Walk from the McCormick House to the First Division Museum
Inside the McCormick House


Review Worksheet