The Forest Preserve District offers a variety of hands-on, environmental education programs in which students explore and experience the natural wonders of Kane County. We offer two types of school programs: outdoor field trips within any of the Kane County forest preserves and traveling naturalist programs at your school or other location. Field trips are offered year-round. Traveling naturalist programs are typically done during the winter months and include an indoor presentation.
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There is no charge for Kane County public schools for either field trips or traveling naturalist programs. Kane County private school traveling-naturalist programs have a fee of $25/one-hour program. For all out-of-county schools, there is a fee of $50 per one-hour traveling-naturalist program. Private and homeschool field trips are charged at the community rate of $2/person, with a minimum of $25/group.
Schools are also encouraged to visit the forest preserves as self-guided groups. We have "discovery packs" for loan, which are filled with fun, trail-side activities to complete during a hike. Self-guided groups must contact us to schedule a group program or field trip.
Ask us about our Virtual Field Trip offerings! View a preview of them, here.