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Home School Opportunities

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 April 12, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Plum Creek Nature Center

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

Introduce your students to the amphibians and reptiles of Will County with live animals. Students explore wild wetland habitats to find these critters in their native habitat.  Then hike through different habitats to discover how plants are adapted to survival. Learn how to safety identify and sample berries, leaves, flowers, stalks, and roots.

Registration deadline: March 29, 2018



Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 10 a.m. - noon
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center

Grades: 6th – 8th 
Fee: $3/student
Program: Flowering Plants

In this seasonal program, students take a look at the beautiful diversity of wild flowers. They review the plant life cycle and examine flower anatomy. In addition, participants learn about human uses of plants and practice identifying native species.

Registration required by Friday, April 20, 2018



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 this season’s Willy’s Wilderness Kids’ Page for nature-themed learning and engaging activities?

Here to help

School programs offer hands-on learning incorporating science, social studies, history, art, math and language arts.

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