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Non-Traditional Students

Teaching students with special needs

Forest Preserve education programs and resources are a great fit with special needs classes. Non-traditional learning environments and hands-on engagement are proven methodologies to connect with alternative learning students. Additionally, the District offers sites and accommodations for all audiences. Experienced educators are trained and eager to teach audiences of all abilities. Contact us to explore opportunities for your special education students.

Field trips and in-classroom presentations

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. They may not be presented in private residences. Visit the School Programs page to see the programs available and how to submit a school program request.

Home School Days

Home School Days allow individual home school students to register for pre-selected field trips days.    Registration is required for each participating student. Only students of the grade-equivalent age for programs offered will be registered. 

Thursday, September 13, 2018, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Plum Creek Nature Center

Grades: 2nd and above
Fee: $3/student

Program 1: Pollination Pals

Pollination! Engage your second graders through a hands-on experience by exploring flowers and their pollinators. Act like a bee, a hummingbird or a moth! This program is inspired to learn more about plants and their dependence on pollination. 

Program 2: ASI: Animal Scene Investigators

"ASI” teaches students the basics of investigating the scenes, tracks and homes left by Will County animals. Observational and critical thinking skills will be used to investigate the patterns of tracks, types of homes and other animal signs made by these often unseen critters.

Registration required by Tuesday, September 11, 2018.



Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 10-11:30 a.m.
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center

Grades: 3rd and above
Fee: $3/student
Program: Whooose Bones?

Students reveal the predator prey relationship and explore the food chain right at their table! Participants will become scientists, working in groups to dissect owl pellets and reveal the owl’s latest snack. This exploration will help students understand the role owls play in our ecosystem.

Registration required by Wednesday, October 31, 2018.



Thursday, April 11, 2019, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Plum Creek Nature Centerr

Grades: 4th-6th
Fee: $3/student
Program: Hands-On Herpetology & Taste of the Wild

Introduce students to the amphibians and reptiles of Will County. Explore the habitat of several species that call Goodenow Grove home. Learn fun facts about the differences among snakes, lizards, frogs, and turtles.

Ready to tantalize your taste buds? Learn to safely identify and sample berries, seeds, nuts, leaves, flowers, stalks, and roots, depending upon the season. Hike through different habitats and discover how plants are adapted for survival.

Registration required by Friday, April 5, 2019.



More Resources for Teaching at Home

Visit the Educator Resources page for print-ready activities and lessons, information on how to take home one of our 11 resource loan kits, and regional resources for teaching.

Have your students checked out Willy's Wilderness for nature-themed learning and engaging activities?

all are welcome

Contact the Education Office at 815.722.2025 to explore all we can do for your students.

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