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Museum in a Box Interactive Teaching Kits

These interactive teaching kits, which were assembled by conservation district education staff, are available to educators in the Macon County Area. The kits are correlated with the Illinois State Learning Standards and developed for preschool through 12th grade. They are listed by age-appropriateness with youngest first.

Call to reserve. Must be picked up at Rock Springs Nature Center.

Fees for the Museum in a Box:
Macon County Schools $5.00 for 2 weeks, $2.00 per day late fee
Out of County Schools $10.00 for 2 weeks, $2.00 per day late fee

Nature Museum in a Box Kits

Oh Deer!
The white tailed deer is Illinois’ state mammal. This kit, containing books, lesson plans, a deer pelt, and much more is sure to be a hit with all ages. Use it to augment the study of state symbols, spur a discussion of hunting or help preschoolers learn the difference between white tailed deer
and reindeer.
Who: P through 12th grade
SLS: BEC, 1CEC, 4AEC, 5AEC, 5bEC, 11AEC, 12AEC, 12AEC, 12BEC, 12FEC, 11AK, 12AK, 12BK, 12FK, 16AK, 16BK, 17AK, 17CK, 12A, 12B, 13B.

Talkin' Turkey
This kit is full of items and information from the National Wild Turkey Foundation, plus replica skull, track, scat, egg and other fun materials. It will be a great addition to a unit at Thanksgiving or anytime.
Who: P through 12th grade
SLS: BEC, 1CEC, 4AEC, 5AEC, 5BE, 5CEC, 11AEC, 12AEC, 12BEC, 12FEC, 11AK, 12AK, 12BK, 12FK, 16AK, 16BK, 17AK, 17CK, 12A, 12B, 13B, 16E, 17C

Dinosaurs
Every kid loves dinosaurs. This kit contains interactive materials, curriculum materials, and lots of fun stuff for the dino fan. Sure to be a hit.
Who: K through 4th grade
SLS: 12A, 12B, 12E, 13B

Insects
Loads of information and fun activities. This kit includes lesson plans, games, Magic School Bus and other videos, posters, real specimens plus collecting equipment.
Who: K through 6th grade
SLS: 12A, 12B, 13B

Reptiles
Learn about common and uncommon reptiles with this kit chock full of books, videos, posters, games, activity ideas and more.
Who: K through 6th grade
SLS: 12A, 12B, 13B

Astronomy
Includes background materials, lesson plans, videos, posters, games, books, websites and much more. Perfect supplement for a unit or enrichment materials.
Who: K through 12th grade
SLS: 12F

Bats
Learn about bats in Macon County and beyond. Kit includes videos, slides, skulls, skeletons, books, lesson plans, activities, posters.
Who: K through 12th grade
SLS: 12A, 12B, 13B

Birds of Prey
This kit contains materials relating to hawks and owls with emphasis on local species. Posters, activities, lesson plans, skulls, and much more included.
Who: K through 12th grade
SLS: 12A, 12B, 13B

Fossils
Kit includes video lab for middle and high school. Also has “bucket of fossils” which will delight all ages. Materials to “make a fossil” included, along with books, lesson plans and background materials.
Who: K through 12th grade
SLS: 12A, 12B, 12E, 13B , 16A

Frogs and Toads
Full of facts about frogs and toads. Lesson plans, posters, books, videos and CDs help the student discover more about these amphibians.
Who: K through 12th grade
SLS: 12A, 12B, 13B

Trees
Trees are so important to our environment. This kit helps students learn to identify common trees with seeds, wood, and leaves. It also helps the younger students understand the importance of trees to our lives. Contains lesson plans, books, specimens and posters.
Who: K through 12th grade
SLS: 12A, 12B, 13B, 16E

Wetlands, Ponds and Streams
Fresh water aquatic environments are often misunderstood. Help your students learn about the importance of this varied habitat with videos, books, activities, posters, test kits and lesson plans.
Who: K through 12th grade
SLS: 12A, 12B, 13B, 16E

Prairie
Learn more about this important, but vanishing biome. Illinois is nicknamed “The Prairie State” for a reason. Kit includes lesson plans, videos, CDs, prairie plant specimens, skulls, scat and egg replicas of prairie birds.
Who: 3rd through 12th grade
SLS: 12A, 12B, 13B, 16E, 17B, 17C

 

History Museum in a Box Kits

1860s Farm Life
Students will catch a glimpse of life in rural Central Illinois. You’ll gain in-depth perspectives through artifacts, activities and selected topics that demonstrate the experiences of men, women, and children that lived the 19th Century farming lifestyle.
Who: K through 6th grade
SLS: 13A, 16A, 16D, 16E

Native American Life-Ways
The Native Americans in Illinois had their own way of life attuned to the environment. This kit helps students understand and appreciate the unique aspects of Illinois tribes through artifacts and furs from the animals they hunted, the crops they grew, and legends from the Midwest.
Who: K through 6th grade
SLS: 12B, 15D, 16A, 16C

Civil War Soldier
The Civil War Museum in a Box provides an in depth look into the life of the common American Civil War soldier. Students gain this experience through artifacts, activities, and selected topics that focus on food, daily living, and the hardships that soldiers faced.
Who: 3rd through 12th grade
SLS: 16B, 16D

 


Our Educational Guide is available to all teachers. If your school hasn't received one or you would like extra copies, give us a call at 217-423-7708.
Information for Educators

- General Information & Reservations
- Tips for a "Greener" Field Trip
- Awareness Hikes
- Nature Programs
- Special Presentations
- Mobile Nature Center
- Muesum in a Box
- Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Lending Trunks
- Grants and Workshops
- Shilling Library at Rock Springs

Visit Our Conservation Areas

Rock Springs Conservation Area
Friends Creek Conservation Area
Sand Creek Conservation Area
Griswold Conservation Area
Fort Daniel Conservation Area

 

The Macon County Conservation District invites you to visit the many natural areas in Macon County, Illinois, including Rock Springs Nature Center, which offers nature programs, special activities, nature hikes, summer camps, music programs, conference rooms for all ages throughout the year in Decatur, Illinois.
Macon County Conservation District
3939 Nearing Lane
Decatur, IL 62521
(217) 423-7708
mccd@maconcountyconservation.com

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