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Deanna Vorgias
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
roby@illinois.edu

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
jbritton@illinois.edu

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
pluster@illinois.edu

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.

Join the 2019 INTEREST LIST here

The 2019 program's important dates will post in late 2018, including:

  • Egg Orders and Teacher Registration
  • Beginner Teacher Training
  • Advanced Teacher Training
  • Egg Pick Up

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.

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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

  • 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.