field trips

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

Isle a la Cache Museum

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 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

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


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.