ILLINOIS AND GREAT LAKES SPECIFIC PROGRAMS

(All programs are 45 minutes in length unless otherwise indicated.) 

ME FOR THE INLAND LAKES - Concert/Lecture

Come experience the life of a sailor aboard a 19th century Great Lakes schooner. Haul up the sail, hoist the anchor and learn about our continuing maritime heritage here, in the Great Lakes, through song and story. Take a fast passage to deliver your cargo, weather a storm, and sing a shantey. 

Focus Areas: science, social studies, language arts, music.

Audience: general public; special populations and families; groups of up to 250 students or campers grades 3-5; grades 6-8; grades 9-12; children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other responsible adult. 

SHINE OUT YOUR LIGHT – Concert/Lecture

Travel to the beautiful lighthouses around the Great Lakes through highly participatory song and story.  Find out why we have lighthouses, what it was like to be a lighthouse keeper, and where you can go to see and even climb a lighthouse today.  Learn about aids to navigation, weather, and other aspects of maritime life and history. 

Focus Areas: science, social studies, language arts, music. 

Audience: general public; groups of up to 250 students or campers grades K-3; grades 3-5; grades 6-8; grades 9-12; children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other responsible adult. 

CHICAGO FROM THE WATER - Concert/Lecture

Celebrate and explore the exciting waterways of Chicago. The songs and stories in this program investigate the dynamic natural and cultural maritime history that is part of our heritage and daily lives here in Chicago. Our waterways have significantly shaped and continue to shape Chicago as one of the main components of this great transportation hub. Meet people and creatures that live on and in our historic rivers and lakes. Discover your own maritime roots! 

Focus Areas: science, social studies, language arts, music.

Audience: general public; special populations and families; groups of up to 250 students or campers grades 3-5; grades 6-8; grades 9-12; children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other responsible adult.

DOWN HOME IN ILLINOIS - Concert/Lecture

Investigate Illinois history: the people, the places and the events through song and story. Learn Abe Lincoln’s favorite song, travel to exotic places like Cairo, find out why the grass is always bluer, and learn Chris Kastle's link to the Great Chicago Fire! This program was developed as an accompaniment to the Illinois 3rd and 4th grade curriculum. 

Focus Areas: social studies, language arts, music.

Audience: general public; special populations and families; groups of up to 250 students or campers grades K-3; grades 3-5; grades 6-8; grades 9-12; children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other responsible adult.

HOW TO TELL YOUR OWN GREAT LAKES STORY - Workshop (1.5 hours)

Learn how to share your Great Lakes stories with others. Communicate your unique adventures and discover common experiences that bring us together in our caring awareness and enjoyment of our Lakes. This program was originally developed for the Lifelong Learning Institute at Northern Illinois University.

Audience: general audiences, special populations such as senior citizens; groups of up to 30 students, K-12, adults.