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Environmental Learning Center Youth Group Programs

The Forest Preserve District of Will County offers many different youth group programs at the Environmental Learning Center. Call 708.479.2255 for more information or to book a youth group program.

Fire Building & Outdoor Cooking

Learn fire safety, fire starting and campfire building skills. Discover how Native Americans created fire in pre-European times. Skills include how to plan and prepare a meal over an open fire. Starting an actual fire is optional. This program takes place at a campfire ring accessible via limestone trail.
Ages: 10-18
Time: 1.5 hours

Night Hike

Increase your awareness of the nocturnal life around you. Use your sensory skills to explore the night. Hikes involve walking on uneven terrain.    
Ages: 10-18
Time: 1.5 hours

Photo courtesy of Kris Brunst Pasquini

Orienteering: Map & Compass

Combining the abilities of map reading and using a compass, basic orienteering skills will be practiced on a compass course. Participants will hike on a natural, uneven trail to reach an open, grassy area for the program.
Ages: 10-18
Time: 1.5 hours

Pond Exploration

Learn about the Hickory Creek watershed by exploring the Environmental Learning Center’s pond. Catch living inhabits of the pond and learn about the aquatic life that lives there.
Ages:  5-12
Time: 1.5 hours

Badge Program

Calling all troops! Just for you–a program to help fulfill select scout badge requirements. Working with a District interpreter, scout leaders plan and receive a program to help satisfy badge requirements, utilizing Forest Preserve resources such as: staff expertise, cultural artifacts, education equipment and, of course, the preserves themselves. Due to BSA and GSA administration, time requirements and site limitations, no program will meet badge requirements in full. Fee is $40 per interpreter, per hour. Program and time limits apply. Scheduling is subject to staff availability.
Ages: 5-18
Time: 2 hours

Discovery Program

Our experienced interpretive staff will work with group leaders to design a program to meet your group’s needs. Content must be on natural and cultural history subject areas that keep with the Forest Preserve District’s mission. Fee is $40 per interpreter, per hour. Scheduling is subject to staff availability.
Ages: 5-18
Time: 2 hour


The Environmental Learning Center is located at 20851 S. Briarwood Lane, north of Route 30 and east of Wolf Road, in Mokena.

Come play!

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

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