Hatching chicks in the classroom

Preschool child watches chicken eggs hatching in an incubator
Preschool student watches chicks hatching.

This incubation and embryology program for Cole County educators (including schools and day care facilities) is available March through May. If you are from another county and are interested in participating in this program, you will need to contact the Cole County MU Extension office for availability.

The program includes curriculum targeted for preschool through first grade, second through fifth grade, and middle school through high school. We have added experiments for all ages, a Jeopardy-type game created in Microsoft PowerPoint, and much more. All materials are delivered on a flash drive to make it easy for teachers!

Eggs and incubator supplies are supplied by our 4-H staff. Hatched chicks are yours to keep or you may return to the Cole County Extension office.

Steps to sign up:

  1. Fill out the registration form.
  2. Return the Reservation form, Credit Card Authorization form and School Enrichment form (PDF).
  3. Mark your calendar to have someone pick up the incubator between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday for the week you selected.
  4. Mark your calendar to return the cleaned incubator and supplies between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday of the week you selected.


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