School Programs

Welcome, Teachers!

Exciting hands-on learning experiences await your students – our staff-led programs will help them learn about local history, ecology, and gardening. We also offer interdisciplinary opportunities to support your curriculum.

Visit the Homer Lake Interpretive Center at Homer Lake, the Museum of the Grand Prairie or the Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden at Lake of the Woods, or one of our other Forest Preserve sites. You can also schedule an in-class program!  

All of our programming is aligned to learning standards, and most of our programs can be adjusted for younger or older audiences. As always, our staff is available to help you find the right fit for your classroom.

We look forward to working with you!

Programs and Resources

See a list of programs for these grade levels:

Download the entire 2017-2018 Expanding the Classroom brochure (2.04MB pdf).

Hard copies of the brochure are also available at most District locations; or, let us know if you would like to receive one in the mail.

In-Class Programs (Preschool - High School)

If your class cannot come to us for a field trip, consider an in-class program. Our educators can tailor a visit to meet your classroom needs. Presentation length varies from 30 minutes to one hour per classroom. Call to discuss any idea you have for your class. This experience could be scheduled for one class or multiple classes.


“1968: A Time for Every Purpose” at the Museum of the Grand Prairie (May to December 2018).
“From Rail to Trail” at the Homer Lake Interpretive Center  (April to December 2018). 

Register Now!

Go to the Registration page to find out more about how to register for a program.

Resources for Educators

The Forest Preserve District provides a variety of special resources for teachers, including age-appropriate displays, handbooks and binders, and backpacks for your class to take on the trails.




Cultural & Plant Science

Katie Snyder
(217) 586-2612


Stacey Clementz
(217) 896-2455