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School Programs

***In keeping with state's stay-at-home mandate to prevent the spread of coronavirus, all programs are temporality suspended until further notice. We are not accepting field trip requests at this time. 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.

Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is open.

Completed 2019-2020 School Program Requests are now being accepted. 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. Processing of program requests begins Thursday August 1, 2019 for Will County schools; out of county school’s requests will begin booking Thursday, August 8, 2019. 

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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