The Forest Preserve District of Will County offers four different field trips for high school students.
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
Talk about hands-on! This program brings students into a forest preserve near your school to participate in an active restoration management project. Possible student work includes seed collecting, non-native species removal and planting of select native species.
Recognized as an outstanding program in 2011 by the Illinois Park and Recreation Association, this program teaches students about how non-native species are introduced and what allows them to out-compete native species. Key ecological principles of diversity, competition and endangered species are part of the discussion. A variety of ecological resource management practices, the connection to habitat for wildlife species and the benefits of restoration are covered and experienced by each student.
Time: 2-4 hours
Area of study: Ecology, flora and fauna