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School Programs

Forest Preserve staff are working hard this summer to overhaul our Environmental Education programs and services. New for the 2020-21 school year will be in-class and on-demand virtual teaching programs and support. Program registration will begin August 17 for Will County schools and August 24 for out of county schools. Please visit the Educator Resources page for teaching materials perfect for e-learning.


School field trips and in-school programs are STEM strong and aligned with national learning standards, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. See the Learning Standards Matrix for correlated standards for each school program.

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

Processing of program requests for next school year will begin in August 2020. 

If you have any questions or require assistance with the reservation process, please contact the Education Office at 815.722.2025.

Program Areas of Study

All education programs are designed to include a great degree of cross-curriculum experience and cover multiple subject areas. To help with your selection, each education program identifies the strongest topic area.


Cultural History

These programs discuss the local history and culture of northeastern Illinois. Programs in this strand address Native Americans of the region, acculturation, and early and pre-settlement use of natural resources.



These higher learning concepts address ecological interactions, interdependency of habitat components, watersheds and natural resource management.


Flora and Fauna

These biology-based programs investigate a specific animal or animal family, or study the world of plants. Topics often include food chains, adaptations and human use of plants and animals.


Physical Education

A favorite of physical education teachers, these programs feature outdoor skills and knowledge, including lessons that require a high level of physical activity.


STEM Strong

In keeping with the Forest Preserve District’s mission, education programs offered deliver strong science content. Programs labeled with the STEM Strong icon deliver content in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math. STEM is presented in a multitude of ways including program activities, skills work and/or group exercises.


learn by doing

School programs offer hands-on learning, incorporating science, social studies, history, art, math and language arts. All programs are presented by our team of professional and knowledgeable naturalists. 

Contact the Education Office at 815.722.2025 and tell us how we can be a resource to you and your students.

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