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Upcoming Workshops For Educators

Field Trips, Programs and Classroom Resources

The Forest Preserve District offers a variety of engaging educational experiences for students. A range of opportunities for Scouts and youth groups are also available for those working toward badges and other achievements. The Forest Preserve District’s naturalists and heritage interpreters offer field trips, self-guided programs, in-class presentations and learning opportunities. Learn about a variety of professional development, extension and in-class programs available at each of our education centers. View the Teachers Guide.

Boy Scouts, add a new badge to your sash the second Saturday of each month September – June with the Scout Merit Badge Program 2016 – 2017. These fun, hands-on programs are for ages 10 – 17 and are $30 per Scout per program.

Most of the options have requirements that Scouts must complete in advance and turn in at the program. To check out each prerequisite or to register, click here. Questions? Call Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center at (630) 850-8110.

Boy Scouts can also join us for the GO! Camp Environmental Science Badge at Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center in Oak Brook. Boy scouts ages 11 ‒ 17 will have a fun week exploring the environment and enjoying a night of camping while working to fulfill requirements for the environmental science merit badge with a certified merit badge counselor and naturalist. For details on future program dates, call Fullersburg at (630) 850-8110.

Educational Loan Boxes

Educational loan boxes are a wonderful way for teachers to enhance curricula and introduce students to DuPage County’s natural and cultural history. Each box contains suggested lesson and activity outlines, books, DVDs, and specimens for students to examine, and all materials align with Illinois Learning Standards.

Forest Preserve District and Illinois Department of Natural Resources boxes are available, and teachers can borrow any of them for up to two weeks by calling (630) 933-7248.


Forest Preserve District Boxes     


IDNR Boxes

  • Feathers
  • ELL/ESL Nature Detectives
  • Owls
  • Pollinators
  • Prairie Plants
  • Prehistoric Life
  • Skulls
  • Tracking
  • Watersheds
  • Aquatic Illinois
  • Field Trip Pack
  • Illinois Amphibians and Reptiles Pack
  • Illinois Birds
  • Illinois Fossils
  • Illinois Insects and Spiders
  • Illinois Invasive Species
  • Illinois Prairies
  • Illinois Trees
  • Illinois Wild Mammals
  • People and Places from Illinois Past
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