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Virtual Outreach & Bundles

Virtual Bundles

The Morton Arboretum has developed several new and free digital resources for you to download by request. They are divided by grade-level and all activities are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and (in some cases) Common Core State Standards as well, often including cross-curricular lessons and activities. 

These Virtual Bundles align to Life Science themes and come in three parts: introductory activities (to introduce the topic and domain-specific vocabulary); pre-recorded teaching videos; and concluding activities (to assess student learning). These bundles include teacher answer keys and standards-aligned rubrics (when necessary).


Learn more about the structure and features of these bundles by watching this short, informational video:


1st/2nd grade Virtual Bundle: Seeds & Growth in Different Habitats

Go on a scavenger hunt or play seed bingo! Grow your own plant, engineer your own seed, dissect a lima bean, and keep a plant journal to learn about the adaptations and growth of seeds and plants in different ecosystems. REGISTER NOW

To access/register, we recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer.


3rd/4th grade Virtual Bundle: Life Cycles & Adaptations

Test your knowledge of plant and animal life cycles and how they're adapted to survive by solving puzzles, reviewing vocabulary, examining life cycles, and investigating behavioral adaptations; students can even taking part in a digital escape room!  REGISTER NOW

To access/register, we recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer.


5th/6th grade Virtual Bundle: Energy & Ecosystems

Use your omnivorous energy in STEM challenges and backyard scavenger hunts in order to be able to navigate through a world of ecosystems & energy transfer to solve puzzles and collect clues to reunite with your field trip group as you Escape to Lake Marmo! in a digital escape room.  REGISTER NOW

To access/register, we recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer.


7th/8th grade Virtual Bundle: Plant Growth & Reproduction

Learn about specialized plant structures and how they affect successful reproduction with kitchen science experiments, by looking at different plant social media profiles, and solving puzzles to Escape the Greenhouse! after it's overrun by plants, trapping you inside!  REGISTER NOW

To access/register, we recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer.


Learn more about the registration process for these Virtual Learning Bundles by watching this short tutorial video:



Virtual Outreach Programs

Now available! 

Educators can also register for an optional fourth portion of the bundle for a nominal fee that includes a live Zoom call with an Education Program Guide who conducts a standards-aligned curriculum, complete with visuals like skulls, pelts, microscopes, and other elements that reinforce the standards outlined in the grade-level Virtual Bundles.

REGISTER NOW to book your Virtual Outreach Program. 

Reinforce the topics and standards that outline each Virtual Bundle with a live, one-hour Zoom call with one of The Morton Arboretum's Education Program Guides while they use pelts, skulls, microscopes, and more to illustrate each grade-levels bundle theme. Please note that it may take up to two weeks to process a Virtual Outreach request.

$65 per session with a maximum of 30 students

Virtual Outreach Programs will continue to run despite the state's, or the Arboretum's, open status during the pandemic.