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Home School Opportunities
The Forest Preserve District of Will County is proud to offer home school students the opportunity to learn and grow through a variety of educational programs and resources.

School Programs

Organized home school groups of 10 or more age-appropriate students may register for field trip and in-school programs. In-school programs may be presented in public buildings, i.e., YMCA, library, church classroom, etc. Programs may not be presented in private residences. Learn more on the School Program Information page.

Home School Days

Students Exploring NatureThe Forest Preserve District of Will County offers "Home School Days" for fall and spring field trips at the Environmental Learning Center in Mokena, Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon, Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville, and Plum Creek Nature Center in Beecher.

"Home School Days" allow individual home school students to register for pre-determined programs. View program offerings for the 2013-2014 school year and register your students by visiting the "Home School Day" Registration Form. Confirmation and additional information will be sent upon registration.

Fees apply to "Home School Days" at the Environmental Learning Center ($6 per student) and the Four Rivers Environmental Education Center ($8 per student). There are no fees for "Home School Days" at Isle a la Cache Museum and Plum Creek Nature Center.

For detailed program information, download the Education Program Guide. To have a copy mailed to you, contact us online or call 815.727.8700 to be added to the District's teacher mailing list. If you have any questions regarding a program or the registration process, please call the Central Booking Office at 815.216.0535.

Proceed to Online "Home School Day" Registration Form

Photograph Courtesy of Jessica Prince-Sharrar

Resource Loan Kits

Topic-themed kits are available to teachers and home school parents provided by the Forest Preserve District and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

These Resource Loan Kits are a collection of educational materials that include games, videos, equipment, and field guides that help students explore a specific subject. Each kit has enough supplies for 30 students and is available for a two-week loan period. There are no rental fees at this time, but lost, broken, or missing items will be paid for by rentee.

Click any of the Resource Loan Kit titles below to open a checklist of kit contents. To reserve kits and arrange pickup and drop-off, contact the Sugar Creek Administration Center at 815.727.8700.

Mammals of Will County
Native Americans: Life and Lifestyles
Urban Ecology
Illinois' State Symbols
Water and Wetlands
Illinois Insects and Spiders
Illinois Prairies
Illinois Tree Trunk
Illinois Fossils
Illinois' Invasive Species
Pioneer Life


 
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