Over 70 schools in the Midwest region provide their students with high quality, science education programs through Mighty Acorns.

Your school could be one! Help your 3rd-5th graders benefit from outdoor learning, hands-on activities, and connecting with nearby nature.   

Top Three Reasons for Schools to Join

1. We’ve done all the hard work for you. The lessons are written and standards are aligned. Did we mention it is easy to use and there are little to no materials needed too? 

2. Your students will LOVE it! What better way to teach science and environment education to your students than actually have them explore nature in their backyards.

3. It’s fun and rewarding. See your students’ stewardship work alter the landscape before your very eyes. 

Teachers: The Critical Link

Mighty Acorns is, by design, a collaborative program. Teachers provide the critical link to the classroom for this field-based program. They agree to participate in three field trips per academic year, one in each season, and to carry out pre- and post- field trip activities in the classroom. These lessons meet the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Standards and help to support a more meaningful and lasting experience for the students.


Mighty Acorns teachers do not need nature expertise. All that is required is a love of nature and ability to work well with students. Through training led by partner staff, teachers gain in-depth knowledge about the region’s natural history, become comfortable with the field site, and learn field and classroom activities. Teacher training varies from partner to partner, but all teachers are strongly encouraged to carry out the pre-and post-field trip lessons.

Support and Resources

In the implementation year, partner staff works intensively with teachers to ensure that they are comfortable with the program.  They help facilitate multiple links into the curriculum and ensure the program is meeting academic standards and goals. Partners and teachers identify long-term goals for the development and leadership of Mighty Acorns at each school. In subsequent years, partners continue to act as a resource for each school and tailor support based on local needs.

Participating Schools

Click here to view a current map of participating schools and partners.


Cook County

Agustin Lara Academy, Chicago IL
Carlos Fuentes UNO Charter, Chicago IL
Chiaravalle Montessori, Evanston IL
CICS Lloyd Bond Elementary, Chicago IL
Clissold Elementary, Chicago IL
Deneen Elementary, Chicago IL
Donoghue Charter, Chicago IL
Douglas Taylor, Chicago IL
Drummond Montessori Magnet, Chicago IL
Dunne Technology Academy , Chicago IL
East Prairie School, Skokie IL
Edison Elementary, Chicago IL
Fieldcrest, Chicago IL
Foster Park Elementary, Chicago IL
Francis Campanelli Elemntary School, Schaumburg IL
Gallistel Language Academy, Chicago IL
George Washington Elementary, Chicago IL
Hanover Countryside Elementary, Streamwood IL
Irving Elementary, Chicago IL
Jacob Beidler Elementary, Chicago IL
Jane Addams Elementary, Chicago IL
Josiah Pickard Elementary, Chicago IL
Lavizzo Elementary, Chicago IL
Legacy Charter School, Chicago IL
Libby Elementary, Chicago IL
Lincoln Elementary, Chicago IL
Myra Bradwell School of Excellence, Chicago IL
Near North Montessori, Chicago IL
New Sullivan Elementary, Chicago IL
Polaris Elementary, Chicago IL
The Chicago Academy, Chicago IL
UCSN Rufino Tamayo UNO Charter, Chicago IL
Washington Elementary, Evanston IL
Waters School, Chicago IL
Willow Springs Elementary, Willow Springs IL

DuPage County

Clifford Johnson School, Warrenville
Currier School, West Chicago
Wegner School, West Chicago
Meadow Glens School, Naperville

Edgar County

Chrisman Elementary, Chrisman IL

Kane County

Hillcrest School, Elgin

Will County

Hufford Junior High School, Joliet IL
M.J. Cunningham Elementary, Joliet IL
St. Rose Elementary, Wilmington IL
Stevens Intermediate School, Wilmington IL


Lake County

Banneker Achievement Center, Gary IN
Charter School of the Dunes, Gary IN
Columbia Elementary, Hammond IN
Franklin Elementary, Whiting IN
Harding Elementary, Hammond IN
Harrison Elementary, East Chicago IN
Hess Elementary, Hammond IN
Jefferson Elementary, Hammond IN
Joan Martin Elementary, Hobart IN
Kenwood Elementary, Hammond IN
Lafayette Elementary, Hammond IN
Liberty Elementary, Hobart IN
Maywood Elementary, Hammond IN
McKinnely Elementary, East Chicago IN
Morton Elementary, Hammond IN
O’Bannon Elementary, Hammond IN
Ridgeview Elementary, Hobart IN
Wallace Elementary, Hammond IN

LaPorte County

Lake Hills Elementary, Michigan City IN

Porter County

Aylesworth Elementary, Portage IN
Central Elementary, Portage IN
Discovery Charter, Chesterton IN
Jones Elementary, Portage IN
Kyle Elementary, Portage IN
Myers Elementary, Portage IN
Paul Saylor Elementary, Valparaiso IN
South Haven Elementary, Valparaiso IN


Kenosha County

Dimensions of Learning Academy, Kenosha WI