School Programs at a Forest Preserve

School Programs at a Forest Preserve

Visit a DuPage forest preserve with your students where they will learn about natural sciences and DuPage County's cultural history. These programs are designed to meet national learning standards, including Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Program reservations for the 2021 – 2022 academic year are now open. We offer programs throughout the academic year (Sept. 1 through June 1), and most are available Monday through Friday. 

The Forest Preserve District is committed to making its programs available to all groups. Please mention any accessibility needs or concerns when you reserve your program.

Picnic shelter reservations are free for registered school groups.

View the available guided and self-guided discovery school programs available at forest preserves.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, school programs at forest preserves have been modified to align with the state’s health guidelines. All program participants are expected to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth. Social distancing of 6 feet should be practiced by all program participants. Please mention any accessibility needs or concerns when registering for a program.


Guided School Programs at a Forest Preserve

Guided school programs require a three-week advance reservation and have a minimal per-student fee.

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Self-Guided Discovery

Self-guided discovery requires a three-week advance reservation and do not have a fee.

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Alphabet of Agriculture

Alphabet of Agriculture

Teach the ABC's and sharpen your students' observation skills with this simple scavenger hunt. Students will explore Kline Creek Farm looking for farm-related objects beginning with each letter of the alphabet. Recommended grades Pre-k to 3. Maximum 30 students.

Academic year
Monday, Thursday, Friday

Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago

Architecture Adventure

Architecture Adventure

Students will act as detectives, resolving architectural mysteries of the design and function of various farm buildings. Recommended grades 4 - 5. Maximum 30 students.

Academic year
Monday, Thursday, Friday

Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago

Farm Discovery Walk

Farm Discovery Walk

Students use magnifying lenses and spyglasses to explore the farm while guided by their chaperone with a picture booklet. Recommended grades Pre-k to 1. Maximum 30 students.

Academic year
Monday, Thursday, Friday

Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago

Forest Preserve Discovery Walk

Forest Preserve Discovery Walk

Enjoy a self-guided experience at your leisure with your class at a DuPage forest preserve. The following forest preserves and centers feature flush restrooms, drinking water, trails, places to picnic and ample bus parking. Reservation required. To reserve a picnic shelter, please note it on your request form. Picnic shelter reservations are free for registered school groups.

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