The Conservation Foundation has provided Mighty Acorns® for 20 years to more than 1000 students a year in Dupage, Kane, and LaSalle Counties. Mighty Acorns® is a stewardship based environmental education program for 3-5th graders that connects students in multiple, meaningful and sustained interactions with their local ecosystems. The curriculum was recently revised to align to the Next Generation Science Standards, STEM, and Common Core by the Next Generation Mighty Acorns Curriculum Working Group led by the Field Museum.
The success of The Conservation Foundation’s Mighty Acorns® programs have been our long term relationships with the school’s students and teachers, our experienced and passionate educators, and our collaborative partnerships with forest preserves, park districts, and nature centers. Having the opportunity to adopt a natural area in their own community gives the students a sense of pride and ownership as they can see the result of their efforts. By having these up close nature encounters, we hope to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.
Mrs. Ixpata, a 4th grade teacher at Clifford Johnson Elementary in Warrenville whose classes participate in Mighty Acorns® says, “Mighty Acorns® is like a field trip that comes right to our classroom door three times a year, and I think it’s actually more impactful and relatable for my students since it is happening right in their community. When I ask my students each May what their favorite part of the school year was, it’s Mighty Acorns®, hands down, every time.”
If your school or club is interested in the Mighty Acorns® program, please click here to contact Carolyn Wagner.