Third grade

field trips

The Forest Preserve District of Will County offers nine different field trips for third grade students.

Isle a la Cache Museum

A Voyageur’s Life

What was life like for a French fur trader in the 1700s? How much knowledge did these early explorers need in order to survive their journey in search of furs? Students learn about the challenges, risks and rewards of being a French fur trader and demonstrate the skills for success.
Time: 1.5 hours
Area of study: Cultural history, physical education

Living on the Land 

Explore in detail the Native Americans’ relationship with the land. Students will learn about the seasonal preparations and activities of the Potawatomi people.
Time: 1.5 hours
Area of study: Cultural history, flora and fauna

(Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock)

The Story Circle

Students learn the importance of oral stories as a means to promote cultural values and traditions as they explore the stories of the French and the Native Americans of the Great Lakes Region. During this exploration, students will create a myth using pictography and communicate in Native American sign language. 
Time: 1.5 hours
Area of study: Cultural history

The Trade 

Step back in time to Illinois during the 1750s. Students practice the barter system used by the French and Native Americans to exchange goods. By participating in a trade, students learn and see the benefits of this economic process.
Time: 1.5 hours
Area of study: Cultural history

Plum Creek Nature Center

E.L.E.X. Trail

Through the Early Learner’s Exercise (E.L.E.X.) Trail, students visit several challenge stations to mimic movements of local wildlife. They will discover how adaptations help animals survive. By comparing and contrasting their abilities with those of wildlife, students begin to understand and appreciate their own adaptive strengths.
Time: 1.5 hours
Area of study: Flora and fauna, physical education

(Photo by Suzy Lyttle)

Incredible Insects

Think insects will take over the world? They already have. Insects are all around us. More than one million species have been named! Join us as we explore for critters that hop, fly, crawl, click, chirp and buzz. Learn how they are unique and what makes them important to local ecosystems.
Time: 1.5 hours
Area of study: Flora and fauna

Sights Unseen

Which of the five senses do people use the most? Sight? Smell? Hearing? Taste? Touch? Students get in touch with their senses as they participate in activities, including being blindfolded. Students also learn about wildlife that use their senses like and unlike humans.
Time: 1.5 hours
Area of study: Flora and fauna

Sniff, Look & Listen

In this program, students explore various habitats throughout Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve. Through hands-on observation, they will become aware of habitat similarities and differences and how each provides its inhabitants with basic survival needs. Possible habitats explored include wetland, prairie and forest.
Time: 1.5 hours
Area of study: Flora and fauna

Wetland Wonders

Hidden beneath the rippling water of a creek or pond is an abundance of life that awaits discovery. Students will sample a wetland, identify aquatic invertebrates and draw conclusions from data.
Time: 1.5 hours
Area of study: Ecology, flora and fauna


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.