Since 2009, CFC has partnered with Barrington School District 220 to teach children how to become citizen scientists. The prairie is used for active learning experiences which directly support the district’s science curriculum standards.
In this award-winning collaboration, more than 700 students in all eight District 220 elementary schools make
prairie field visits annually, where they observe, measure and record life on the prairie. CFC volunteers conduct in-class orientation sessions, and then students visit one of three local prairies, where volunteers help them with their field work. The students’ work also helps CFC to collect data on plant growth from year to year as well as other information about the prairie sites. CFC works closely with the school district to match the experience with the current standard and curriculum.