Request a program

All schools attending in-person field trips at a Forest Preserve visitor center must have their students wear masks during their visit. Forest Preserve staff will wear masks while presenting in-person field trips.

Requests are time stamped and processed in a first-come, first-served order. Please note that submission of a request form does not guarantee a program reservation. Will County schools get a one week priority window. 

Programs are offered Tuesdays through Fridays, September through June. Programs can start as early as 9 a.m. and conclude by 3 p.m.

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Program registration checklist

Specific information is required, so please have ready the following:

  • Primary and other teacher contact information
  • School name, district number, address and phone number
  • Number of classes, student count per class and number of chaperones
  • First, second and third program date choices  
  • Start time, as well as second and third program start time choices for in-school programs
  • Program selection
  • Information that will further assist staff in accommodating your groups such as accessibility needs, allergies, schedule details, etc.

Program confirmation

Once a program is booked, a confirmation will be emailed along with the following information:

  • Map and directions to the site (applicable to field trips)
  • Forest Preserve program expectations
  • Tentative schedule
  • Program permit/invoice
  • Pre-/post-program classroom materials
  • Itemized list of correlated Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards

To get started, click on the button for the location you are seeking a program at:

FOUR RIVERS ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER

ISLE A LA CACHE MUSEUM

PLUM CREEK NATURE CENTER

VIRTUAL PROGRAM

Here to help

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

Contact any of the District’s education facilities with questions or for assistance.

Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, Channahon
815-722-9470

Isle a la Cache Museum, Romeoville
815-886-1467

Plum Creek Nature Center, Crete Township near Beecher
708-946-2216