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.

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.

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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, school programs at a Forest Preserve 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. The class size per program has been reduced to a maximum of 15 students accompanied by one chaperone. Groups larger than 15 students will be accommodated by splitting into smaller group sizes, where resources are available. Social distancing of six 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.

Request a Guided School Program

Self-Guided Discovery

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

Request a Self-Guided Discovery

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 (with fee), please note it on your request form.