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Camping Youth Group Programs

The Forest Preserve District of Will County offers naturalist-led programs for organized youth groups camping at Forest Preserve campgrounds. Call 815.727.8700 or email permits@fpdwc.org for more information on scheduling your group’s camping trip and book a program. 

NIGHT HIKE

Increase your awareness of the nocturnal life around you and explore the night. Your group has several topic options:

  • Owl Hike – Look for and learn about the owls that live in Will County. 
  • Bats Hike – Use scientific equipment to capture the bat’s eco-location calls while searching the skies for a fly-by.
  • Astronomy Hike – Find out the stars, constellations, planets, nebulae, and galaxies observable in the night’s sky.
  • General Night Hike – Take part in fun activities to learn about nocturnal wildlife and why they seek the dark. 

Fee is $25 per program for non-profit groups and $50 per program for for-profit groups. Some programs are on natural, uneven terrain. 

Ages: 10-18
Time: 1.5 hours

DAY HIKE

We will take to the trail for games and exploration. Choose one of the topics below for your group’s experience:

  • Nature Sensory Hike – This program highlights how people use their five senses to learn about nature.
  • Bug Hike – Rolling logs, checking flowers, shaking leaves – get ready to grab some gear and catch some bugs!
  • Habitat Hike – Explore the preserve’s habitats and discover who lives within. 

Fee is $25 per program for non-profit groups and $50 per program for for-profit groups. Some programs are on natural, uneven terrain. 

Ages: 18-18
Time: 1.5 hours

Photo courtesy of Ron Molk

MAP & COMPASS

Test your orienteering skills with some fun exercises after covering compass basics. Participants will hike natural, uneven terrain.  

Fee is $25 per program for non-profit groups and $50 per program for for-profit groups. Some programs are on natural, uneven terrain. 

Ages: 10-18
Time: 1.5 hours

CAMPING 101

Ever been curious to begin camping, but unsure how or where to start? Learn everything you need to know in a fun and simple program. Participants will learn the basics of camping from the different types of equipment, differences in seasons, and tips to ensure your enjoyment. Skills will be demonstrated first for all to visually see the processes and conclude with an opportunity for hands on participation to experience setting up a campsite. The best part of any camping experience? S’mores of course! Enjoy the delicious campfire treat as a way to wrap up Camping 101.

Fee is $25 per program for non-profit groups and $50 per program for for-profit groups. Some of the program is on natural, uneven terrain.

Ages: 7 or older
Time: 1.5 – 2 hours

Badge Program

Calling all troops! Just for you, a program to help fulfill scout badge requirements. Working with a District interpreter, scout leaders plan and receive a program to help satisfy badge requirements, utilizing Forest Preserve resources such as: staff expertise, cultural artifacts, education equipment and, of course, the preserves themselves. Due to BSA and GSA administration, time requirements and site limitations, no program will meet badge requirements in full. 

Fee is $40 per interpreter, per hour. Program and time limits apply. Scheduling is subject to staff availability.

Ages: 5-18
Time: 2 hours

Come play!

Scouts, church groups, 4-H and other organized youth groups are encouraged to get outside and enjoy these group based opportunities.  

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