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.

Featured Exhibits: 2017

This year students will have the added benefit of touring the 2017 special exhibit, Horses are Quiet, Tractors are Loud as part of their field trip to the Museum of the Grand Prairie (March-December 2017). And students at the Homer Lake Interpretive Center may view its 2017 special exhibit, A Birds-Eye View: 100 Years of a Changing Illinois Landscape (April-December 2017).

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.




Museum & Cultural History

Pat Cain
(217) 586-2612

Interpretive Center and Environmental

Jennifer Wick
(217) 896-2455

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