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High School Field Trips

The Forest Preserve District of Will County offers four different field trips for high school students.

Four Rivers Environmental Education Center

Forest Invaders

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


Field trips are offered at one Forest Preserve facility. Student capacity is limited. Additional field trip days may be required to accommodate larger groups.


Maximum 75 students (or three classes) per day at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center.


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