Group Adventures by Request

Group Adventures by Request

Let us plan a ranger-lead archery, fishing, kayaking or nature hike program for your group of five to 25 people. Requests are subject to staff availability and current COVID-19 restrictions. Ages and fees vary by program. To schedule yours, complete and submit the form or call  630-933-7247.


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Our Group Adventure Programs

Learn techniques to improve your archery skills with one-on-one instruction. Then, practice hitting targets from a far distance. Equipment provided. $5 per person.

Oct. – March 
Monday – Thursday ● 2 – 3:30 p.m. 
St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville

April – Sept.
Monday – Thursday ● 2 – 3:30 p.m. 
Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville


Learn basic camping skills — including how to pitch a tent — and about “leave no trace” principles. $10 per person.

Sept. – Oct. & March – April
Saturday & Sunday ● 10 a.m. – noon 
Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville or Churchill Woods Forest Preserve in Glen Ellyn


Fishing Techniques
Choose a fish species — bass, carp, catfish, muskie or northern pike — to fish. Then, learn about lures and advanced fishing tactics before fishing for your trophy fish on open water or under the ice. $5 per person.

Bass at Hidden Lake Forest Preserve in Downers Grove
Carp or catfish at Songbird Slough Forest Preserve in Itasca
Muskie at Mallard Lake Forest Preserve in Bloomingdale
Northern pike at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville


Learn basic or advanced kayaking strokes and techniques. $20 per person.

May – Sept.
Monday – Friday ● 10 a.m. – noon 
Herrick Lake Forest Preserve in Wheaton


Ranger Guided Hikes
Climb to one of the highest hills in DuPage County just as the sun sets to learn about creatures of the night. Then, take a ranger-led hike through a forest preserve. $5 per person.

Sept. – Nov. & March – May 
Monday – Friday ● 1.5-hour program
Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville or Greene Valley Forest Preserve in Naperville


Prescribed Burns 

Learn about prescribed burns to manage habitat in our forest preserves. Explore the equipment and tools used by our burn crews and how wind, humidity and fuel moisture affect prescribed burns. $10 per person.

Oct. – Dec. & Feb. – March
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 
Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County offers scores of nature-related programs and activities for grownups, kids, families and groups year-round. Click below to register for programs, reserve shelters and campsites or purchase permits, and we'll see you soon!

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