Contact Us

Deanna Roby
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
535 South Randall Road
St. Charles, IL 60174-1591
Phone: 630-584-6166
FAX: 630-584-4610

Jo Ann Britton
Program Coordinator, School Enrichment
University of Illinois Extension
7775-B Illinois Route 47
Yorkville, IL 60560
Phone: 630-553-5823
FAX: 630-553-5871

Patricia Luster
Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
1100 E. Warrenville Road
Suite 170
Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: 630-955-1123
FAX: 630-955-1180

Incubation & Embryology for School Classrooms

Incubation & Embryology for School Classrooms

What is more fascinating than seeing a fully developed baby chick emerge from an egg? Just three weeks of incubation transforms a seemingly lifeless chicken egg into an active, living being.

This hands-on project is designed to give your students the opportunity to hatch chicks in their own classroom. During the 21-day incubation period, students learn to prepare eggs, set up an incubator, record progress, turn eggs, and test eggs for fertility. The project aligns with state learning standards.

Mark your Calendars with these 2018 dates:

  • Egg Orders and Teacher Registration -- Deadline Extended to Feb. 9, 2018
  • Beginner Teacher Training, March 6, 4:45-7:45 p.m., St. Charles
  • Advanced Teacher Training, March 7, 4:45-6:15 p.m., Naperville
  • Egg Pick up, April 9 (Times to be determined)

For additional details, please see the 2018 Program Brochure (below)

For Kane and DuPage teachers who have already attended one of our training programs, check back for the Fertile Egg Order registration links for the county you will be working with for this program.

All registrations for training and egg orders can be found in the Register Online section on the right side of this webpage.


For more information on this program in other counties:

  • Lake: 847-223-8627
  • McHenry: 815-338-3737
  • Cook, Chicago: 773-768-7779
  • Cook, North (Arlington Heights): 847-201-4176
  • Cook, South (Matteson): 708-679-6889
  • Will: 815-727-9296
  • Grundy: 815-942-2725

  • 2018 Embryology Program Information - DuPage, Kane & Kendall Co. PDF

  • Resources for Teachers - Health & Science in Your Classroom PDF
    Looking for a way to teach your students about food science and health all while tying to the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards? If so, plan to attend “Health and Science in Your Classroom," a workshop being put on by the Kendall Education Connection. At this workshop you will learn about lessons, activities, and resources that you can utilize immediately in your classroom. For attending, you will also receive 2 PDCHs, snacks,resources, and lots of great information to share with your students. This workshop will take place on Thursday, March 22nd, from 4:30-6:30pm. Make sure to RSVP to by March 15th.

  • Resources for Teachers - Herman the Worm Program PDF
    Herman the Worm is a one-hour activity led by Master Gardeners and is designed to introduce Elementary-aged students to worm anatomy, physiology, behavior, and basic composting. Click to learn more.