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Youth Group Programs

Programs focusing on nature, environmental education, cultural history and recreation are offered at the Environmental Learning Center in Mokena, Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville, Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township and Monee Reservoir in Monee Township.

A minimum of eight and a maximum of 20 participants are required per program, unless otherwise noted. One chaperone for every five children is requested. Please note that no program satisfies badge requirements in full.  Reservations are required for all programs. Scheduling is dependent on staff availability. Contact the respective facility for program information and availability.  

Browse Programs at the Following Locations:

Programs at the Environmental Learning Center are offered at $7 per child, per program. Programs at Isle a la Cache Museum, Plum Creek Nature Center and Monee Reservoir are $25 per program for non-profit youth groups. For-profit groups, such as day care centers and park districts, the fee is $50 per program. Skill-based workshops that require certified instructors are $80 per workshop.

Payment or a deposit may be required to guarantee reservations. Any outstanding balance is due at the time of the program. Fees apply to all individuals participating in the programs including siblings, parents, leaders, etc.

Community Service

Civic, scout, youth groups, Eagle Scout and special interest clubs may take advantage of community service opportunities available with the Forest Preserve District of Will County. Your activity or project can be tailored to benefit our forest preserves while providing a meaningful service experience for your group. To explore the possibilities, call the Volunteer Program Supervisor at 815.722.7364, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Some examples of service include Eagle Scout projects, Silver & Gold Service Projects, community service projects and special event staffing.

Day Camps

The District provides host sites for not-for-profit scouting or other like organization’s summer day camps. Day camps are held during regular operating hours, for up to one week including one overnight camp-out.
Day camp support services include daily use of shelters and groves, the option of one overnight camping date, daily inspections and maintenance, additional trash bags and toilet paper as requested, and one shelter rental for a pre-day camp leader training offered on a weekday. Permission for port-o-johns and portable fire pits must be sought and approved.

Day camp preserves and capacity:

Permit fees apply. Fees determined by capacity, number of days and County residency. Contact the District’s permit administrator with questions and to secure your permit by calling 815.722.5892.

Group Camping

The Environmental Learning Center

The Environmental Learning Center is the group camping destination. Both primitive and platform camping sites are available to suit your group’s comfort level and desired experience. Both options host up to 60 campers. All sites have hand pumps for water, portable latrines, picnic tables, firewood and campfire rings.  Added amenities for platform camping are cots and sleeping mats, solar showers, a group campfire area, a small picnic shelter, an enclosed yurt, and charcoal grills.

Fees are $5 per person, per night for Will County resident; $6 per person, per night for out-of-County residents for platform camping. Primitive sites are $15 per site, per night for Will County residents; $30 per site, per night for out-of-county residents. 

Day use at the Environmental Learning Center campsites is also available. Contact the Environmental Learning Center staff at 815.722.9470 to book your group’s camping experience.

Other Group Camping Sites

Many preserves have group sites for tent camping that include a fire ring and grill. Drinking water, restrooms and trails are nearby. Call 815.727.8700 for a special group camping discount. A 50 percent discount applies for organized youth groups. In-county groups pay $7.50 per site, per night. Out-of-county groups pay $15 per site, per night.

Camporees

Camporees are a youth organization- or scout-sponsored activity. They typically involve multiple troops or units in an outdoor camp setting. Fees are $100 per event for the first 100 participants and $25 per event for each additional group of 50. Maximum capacity is 500 participants.

Fees are for the sole use of the campgrounds. Camporees are held at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve in Crete Township. Please contact Plum Creek Nature Center at 708.946.2216 for reservations and further information.

Here to help

School programs offer hands-on learning, incorporating science, social studies, history, art, math and language arts.

Come play!

Scouts, church groups, 4-H and other organized youth groups are encouraged to get outside and enjoy these group based opportunities.  



Download the current year's youth group program guide, which has all of the information on the District's programs packaged together in one spot.

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