Registration Information

General Information

Registration for school programs begins in August and can take place anytime during the school year if openings exist. Please see 'Additional Information' below for more details.

Contact the staff below to register for their respective programs. If you wish to schedule a Cross-Curricular Full-day Field Trip, contact the appropriate staff for one of the programs you’re interested in, and they can help you set up your field trip day.

Stacey Clementz
Environmental Education 
(217) 896-2455

Katie Snyder
Historical Education
(217) 586-2612

Katie Snyder
Plant Science Education
(217) 586-2612

Fee Structure

Teachers and chaperones are free. A $20 minimum fee will be charged for all field trips.

Field Trips Per Student Per Program  
Champaign County Schools    
PreK $1.00  
K-8 $1.50  
Out-of-County Schools    
PreK $1.50  
K-8 $2.00  
In-Class Programs Per Program Per Add'l Student
Champaign County Schools    
PreK $20 for up to 20 students $1.00
K-12 $25 for up to 25 students $1.50
Out-of-County Schools    
PreK $25 for up to 20 students $1.50
K-12 $30 for up to 25 students $2.00

Additional Information

Programs at our Sites: Programs at Forest Preserve sites are offered for a morning, afternoon or all-day slot. Depending on your travel time and the length of the program, programs can begin between 9 and 10 a.m. or 12 and 1 p.m. Please remember to check bus/school schedules before contacting us to avoid holidays and school activities.

In order to offer quality programs, class size is restricted to 24 students for preschool classes and 30 students for grades K-12. Special arrangements may be made for those teachers needing to accommodate a full bus. Please contact us for details.

Children other than students are not permitted. One adult chaperone is required for every 10 students. Chaperones are expected to stay with the group at all times, provide discipline and participate in the activities.

Classes are invited to bring picnic lunches for before or after programs. Please advise the Forest Preserve District educator when you make your registration if this is planned. Lunch facilities are available outside or inside, depending on the weather. Restrooms and drinking fountains are located nearby.

In-Class Programs: If your class cannot come to us for a field trip, consider an in-class program. See a list of our most popular in-class programs, (link to the new In-Class page) and contact us to discuss your needs.

Environmental Education Programs

After you have decided on a program, please pick a location to visit. Three forest preserve sites are available:

  1. Homer Lake Forest Preserve in Homer: This site features the Homer Lake Interpretive Center, the Natural Playscape, trails, a prairie overlook tower, Homer Lake, upland and bottomland forest and more!
  2. Middle Fork River Forest Preserve in Penfield: This site features the District’s largest prairie restoration initiatives as well as a large Waterfowl Management Area overlook. We highly suggest this site for prairie and wetland/waterfowl programs.
  3. Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve in Mahomet: This site offers easy access from most areas, and features a large prairie restoration area. It is located directly off of I-74 and only minutes from Champaign-Urbana.

All programs will be conducted outdoors. Students must dress appropriately for the weather.

Programs at the Museum of the Grand Prairie

Historical programs are offered September through December, and late February through May. Special holiday programs are offered in December. Please remind students and chaperones that gum, drinks and food are not allowed in the museum.

Specific field trip content will be determined by the teacher and educator at time of scheduling. Most visits include presentation, discussion, topic-related student activities, and a tour of several museum galleries. Free exploration of gallery interactives is not included.

Museum of the Grand Prairie Gift Shop

Gift shop proceeds help fund education programs and projects. Please consider including time to shop in your schedule. The museum gift shop is open to grades two and up. The shop stocks a number of educational and program-related items, beginning at $.50. The shop is required to charge Illinois sales tax. Groups of ten must be accompanied by at least one adult. Please let us know when you make your reservation if you would like to visit the museum shop.

Specific field trip content will be determined by teacher and educator at time of scheduling. Most visits include presentation, discussion, topic-related student activities, and a tour of several museum galleries. Free exploration of gallery interactives is not included.

Plant Science Programs

Enjoy learning about plants at the Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve in Mahomet. Programs are conducted outdoors. Students must dress appropriately for the weather.