Ecosystems at Black Hawk State Historic Site is a video series that showcases three of the unique ecological communities that make up the park.
In Mr. Chuck's Critter Corner, the park naturalist investigates many of the different animals that call Black Hawk State Historic Site home.
Critter Corner Extended Learning
Critter Corner Extended Learning - Answers
Did you ever wonder what life was like for the indigenous peoples who lived here before us? You can
bring their story alive for your students by incorporating the new book: Twelve Moons: A Year with the
Sauk and Meskwaki, 1817-1818 into your classroom. As the title suggests, the lunar months dictated the
seasonal activities of these two tribes, and through the pages of this book, students will travel back
in time to experience it. This book and curriculum guide will help you easily launch an adventure in
classroom studies, with lessons and activities that promote critical thinking and inquiry-based
The companion curriculum guide has been reviewed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), who
stated in part:
The resource is cross curricular and highly accessible…the illustrations
are visually appealing, and the supplemental resources complement the
design of the book.
Twelve Moons author, Elizabeth Carvey, was director of the John Hauberg Indian Museum at Black Hawk
State Historic Site for 36 years until her retirement in 2017. She, along with educators Kristen
Bergren, Terry Bilyeu and Marion Lardner have written the teacher-friendly curriculum with
cross-curricular lessons and activities to complement this book. Five book sections, along with other
supplemental materials created for this project, are ready to use in your classroom in this ongoing
Twelve Moons: A Year with the Sauk and Meskwaki, 1817-1818 is
available at the Hauberg Indian Museum.