Seventh grade

field trips

The Forest Preserve District of Will County offers five different field trips for seventh grade students.

Four Rivers Environmental Education Center

Explore Your Environment

In this adventure program, middle-school students will take on the role of explorers. They will learn navigational techniques using a compass, investigate local flora and fauna, learn about area rivers, and practice journaling their observations. This program is full of fun challenges and activities that will keep them engaged and test their “survival” skills and teamwork.​
Time: 4 hours (includes lunch break)
Area of study: Cultural history, flora and fauna

Flowering Plants (Spring only)

Students will take a look at the beautiful diversity of Spring wild flowers during this seasonal offering. They will review the plant life cycle and examine flower anatomy. Students will be introduced to various ways humans use plants and will practice identifying native species in the field.  
Time: 1.5 hours
Area of study: Flora and fauna

Forest Ecology

Unlock the mysteries of the forest ecosystem. Students will study tree identification, anatomy, and function. Your class will learn the benefits of their local forest community and use investigative skills to discover the diversity in Will County.  ​
Time: 1.5 hours
Area of study: Ecology

Introduction to Orienteering

In this program students will learn to navigate with a compass through a variety of activities and games. Basic navigational instruction includes reading bearings and estimating distance through paces to complete fun courses and challenges. ​
Time: 1.5 hours
Area of study: Physical education, STEM Strong

Water Quality Lab

This water lab connects students with their watershed by practicing hands-on water quality monitoring and habitat surveying techniques. During this engaging program, students determine the health of a local body of water. Participants conduct a biological survey by dipping for and identifying aquatic insects in the field and perform chemical surveys in the water lab. Students explore the natural areas throughout the preserve and reflect on how watersheds affect habitats, people, and society.
Time: 4 hours
Area of study: Ecology, STEM Strong, Flora and Funa


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.