Field trips

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.

A field trip day is typically four hours, unless other arrangements have been made. The duration consists of the length of one to two programs, site introduction, lunch, bathroom time and program wrap-up. Use of Forest Preserve District picnic facilities is included as part of your program permit.

Field trip programs are free for Will County schools. A fee of $2 per student applies to out-of-county schools. Payment is due 10 working days from the issuance of the program permit packet unless other arrangements are made.


Chaperones play an active role in programs. A ratio of one chaperone to 10 students applies for field trip programs. Chaperones are free of charge.

Programs take place outside, rain or shine. Field trips require walking on uneven terrain such as gravel, unpaved trails and grass.

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Field trips are offered at three Forest Preserve facilities. Student capacity varies for each site. Additional field trip days may be required to accommodate larger groups.


Maximum 50 students (or three classes) per day at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center.


Maximum 50 students per day at Isle a la Cache Museum.

Crete Township

Maximum 100 students per day at Plum Creek Nature Center.