Scout Programs

Scout Programs

The Forest Preserve District offers a variety of Scout programs at its education centers. These programs are designed to help boys and girls not only earn their badges but also enjoy the outdoors.

Our Scout program descriptions are found below the request form. 

Request a Scout Program

All reservations must be requested at least two weeks prior to any program date. Completed registration forms will be booked on a first come, first served basis. Programs book quickly, so we encourage advance registration. Payment is due one week prior to your scheduled program. No refunds are offered for cancellations or changes in headcount made fewer than one week prior to the program date or absent scouts on the program date.

If you have questions at any time during the registration process, please call the registration specialist at 630-933-7247 for assistance.    


Girl Scout Programs

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Our Girl Scout programs introduce life skills and the outdoors to grow with a girl. 

Brownie: Bug

Brownie: Bug
Discover the amazing world of bugs as you learn how they help the environment, visit with live bugs, complete a craft and go on a bug hunt.

Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
$5 per Scout or other participant (minimum of 10 Scouts required per program)  

 

Preserve

Town

Acres

Shelters

Trails (miles)

Danada

Wheaton

825

0

6

Fullersburg Woods

Oak Brook

226

1

4

Greene Valley

Woodridge

1414

2

14

Herrick Lake

Wheaton

896

4

7

Hidden Lake

Downer's Grove

393

1

2

Mallard Lake

Hanover Park

953

1

4

McDowell Grove

Naperville

465

2

7

Pratt's Wayne Woods

Bartlett/Wayne

3474

1

8

Timber Ridge (West)

West Chicago

1163

0

2

Waterfall Glen

Darien

2492

1

12

West DuPage Woods

West Chicago

462

0

4

Wood Dale Grove

Wood Dale

185

2

1

 

 

Brownie: Hiker

Brownie: Hiker
Learn how to prepare for a hike, and then take your new skills on a 1-mile trek, practicing observation skills to identify wildlife along the way.

Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
$5 per Scout or other participant (minimum of 10 Scouts required per program)  

 

Preserve

Town

Acres

Shelters

Trails (miles)

Danada

Wheaton

825

0

6

Fullersburg Woods

Oak Brook

226

1

4

Greene Valley

Woodridge

1414

2

14

Herrick Lake

Wheaton

896

4

7

Hidden Lake

Downer's Grove

393

1

2

Mallard Lake

Hanover Park

953

1

4

McDowell Grove

Naperville

465

2

7

Pratt's Wayne Woods

Bartlett/Wayne

3474

1

8

Timber Ridge (West)

West Chicago

1163

0

2

Waterfall Glen

Darien

2492

1

12

West DuPage Woods

West Chicago

462

0

4

Wood Dale Grove

Wood Dale

185

2

1

 

 

Brownie: Senses

Brownie: Senses
Experience a forest preserve using all five senses, and learn how animals use their senses to survive.

Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
$5 per Scout or other participant (minimum of 10 Scouts required per program)  

 

Preserve

Town

Acres

Shelters

Trails (miles)

Danada

Wheaton

825

0

6

Fullersburg Woods

Oak Brook

226

1

4

Greene Valley

Woodridge

1414

2

14

Herrick Lake

Wheaton

896

4

7

Hidden Lake

Downer's Grove

393

1

2

Mallard Lake

Hanover Park

953

1

4

McDowell Grove

Naperville

465

2

7

Pratt's Wayne Woods

Bartlett/Wayne

3474

1

8

Timber Ridge (West)

West Chicago

1163

0

2

Waterfall Glen

Darien

2492

1

12

West DuPage Woods

West Chicago

462

0

4

Wood Dale Grove

Wood Dale

185

2

1

 

 

 

Junior Girl Scout: Animal Habitat

Junior Girl Scout: Animal Habitat 
Discuss and observe local wildlife and their habitats, and learn how you can help and protect their communities.

Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
$5 per Scout or other participant (minimum of 10 Scouts required per program)
Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn  

Junior Girl Scout: Geocacher

Junior Girl Scout: Geocacher
Learn how GPS units use satellite signals, craft a geocaching trade item, and take an outdoor geocaching treasure-hunt adventure.

Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
$10 per Scout or other participant (minimum of 10 Scouts required per program)
Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center in Oak Brook

 

Cub Scout Programs

Our Cub Scout programs provide hands-on learning about nature, hiking, science and more and are designed to advance badge work.  

Tiger: Into the Wild

Tiger: Into the Wild
Learn about hiking essentials and take a 1-mile hike, where you’ll learn about wildlife and plants you find along the way.

Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7
$5 per Scout or other participant (minimum of 10 Scouts required per program)  

 

Preserve

Town

Acres

Shelters

Trails (miles)

Danada

Wheaton

825

0

6

Fullersburg Woods

Oak Brook

226

1

4

Greene Valley

Woodridge

1414

2

14

Herrick Lake

Wheaton

896

4

7

Hidden Lake

Downer's Grove

393

1

2

Mallard Lake

Hanover Park

953

1

4

McDowell Grove

Naperville

465

2

7

Pratt's Wayne Woods

Bartlett/Wayne

3474

1

8

Timber Ridge (West)

West Chicago

1163

0

2

Waterfall Glen

Darien

2492

1

12

West DuPage Woods

West Chicago

462

0

4

Wood Dale Grove

Wood Dale

185

2

1

 

 

 

Wolf: Paws on the Path

Wolf: Paws on the Path
Learn about hiking essentials and how to read a map, and then take a 1-mile hike, where you’ll learn about wildlife and plants you find along the way.

Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
$5 per Scout or other participant (minimum of 10 Scouts required per program)  

Preserve

Town

Acres

Shelters

Trails (miles)

Danada

Wheaton

825

0

6

Fullersburg Woods

Oak Brook

226

1

4

Greene Valley

Woodridge

1414

2

14

Herrick Lake

Wheaton

896

4

7

Hidden Lake

Downer's Grove

393

1

2

Mallard Lake

Hanover Park

953

1

4

McDowell Grove

Naperville

465

2

7

Pratt's Wayne Woods

Bartlett/Wayne

3474

1

8

Timber Ridge (West)

West Chicago

1163

0

2

Waterfall Glen

Darien

2492

1

12

West DuPage Woods

West Chicago

462

0

4

Wood Dale Grove

Wood Dale

185

2

1

 

 

 

Bear: Fur, Feather and Ferns

Bear: Fur, Feather and Ferns
Learn different ways to observe wildlife and identify signs animals leave behind on a 1-mile hike, and discover the importance of composting and gardens.

Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
$5 per Scout or other participant (minimum of 10 Scouts required per program)
Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center in Oak Brook, 
Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn 
or Churchill Woods Forest Preserve in Glen Ellyn
  

Bear: A Bear Goes Fishing

Bear: A Bear Goes Fishing
Learn about different types of fish and fishing equipment, and spend time fishing and practicing what you learned.

Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4 (elective)
$5 per Scout or other participant (minimum of 10 Scouts required per program)  
Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville 
or Hidden Lake Forest Preserve in Glen Ellyn  

Webelos: Walkabout

Webelos: Walkabout
Make a hiking plan and a mini first aid kit, and then learn about the plants and animals around you on a 3-mile hike.

Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
$5 per Scout or other participant (minimum of 10 Scouts required per program)
Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville
or Churchill Woods Forest Preserve in Glen Ellyn  

Webelos: Into the Wild

Webelos: Into the Wild
Go “into the wild” to look for and learn about local wildlife as you unravel the mysteries of migration, play a part of the food chain, and discover the importance of water conservation.

Requirements 4, 5, 6, 7a, 7b, 7c, 8, 9a (Arrow of Light elective)
$5 per Scout or other participant (minimum of 10 Scouts required per program)  
Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center in Oak Brook, 
Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn 
or Churchill Woods Forest Preserve in Glen Ellyn
 

Webelos: Into the Woods

Webelos: Into the Woods
On a short hike, discover why trees are important, how trees help the environment, and how you can identify native plants and animals.

Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (Arrow of Light elective)
$5 per Scout or other participant (minimum of 10 Scouts required per program)  
Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center in Oak Brook 
or Churchill Woods Forest Preserve in Glen Ellyn
  

 

Scouts and Scout Merit Badge Program

Scouts can work towards a different badge the second Saturday of each month September – June. These fun, hands-on programs are for ages 10 – 17 and are $30 per Scout per program. See more about the Scout Merit Badge Program.


Eagle Scout Projects

The Forest Preserve District has a limited number of projects but will consider requests if staff, projects and locations are available. Prospective Eagle Scouts must independently call Volunteer Services at 630-933-7233.


Other Programs

Other programs are not exclusive to Scouts and may satisfy badge requirements. Call one of our education centers for program details.

Danada Equestrian Center
630-668-6012

Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center
630-850-8110

Kline Creek Farm
630-876-5900

Mayslake Peabody Estate
630-206-9566

Willowbrook Wildlife Center
630-942-6200


Self-Guided Courses

We also offer self-guided courses for Scout outings. To reserve equipment (and get your free permit if your group has more than 25 people), call Visitor Services at 630-933-7248.

Self-Guided Compass Course at Blackwell Forest Preserve

Self-Guided Compass Course at Blackwell Forest Preserve

Help Scouts practice and sharpen navigation and math skills by using compasses to locate checkpoints with information about natural and cultural history. 

Grades 4 – 6

Self-Guided Orienteering Course at Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve

Self-Guided Orienteering Course at Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve

Explore natural areas while trying to locate checkpoints using maps and compasses to navigate a marked course. 

Grades 4 – 12


Frequently Asked Questions 

How do I register for a program?

Complete and submit the program form on this page and provide registration information, preferred date and time, and other details.  

Is there somewhere we can picnic before or after our program?

DuPage forest preserves have open grassy picnic areas with tables at no extra cost, and some offer shelters on a first-come, first-served basis. A few shelters can be reserved in advance for a fee either online 24/7 or through Visitor Services weekdays at 630-933-7248.

What if we have an accessibility concern?

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.

What if we’re interested in a volunteer service project?

For details on group projects or ways your Scouts can help out at special events, call Volunteer Services at 630-933-7233.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County offers programs for Scouts year-round. Click below to register for Scout programs.

Scout Programs