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View the Teachers Guide to explore a variety of educational programs.

Scouting Guide

View the Scouting Guide for a range of opportunities.


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Aurora University Collaborating Academic Partnership Program (CAPP)

The District invites teachers and other lifelong learners to explore the natural world through a new series of courses held in partnership with Aurora University. Multipart courses planned for this year include “Prehistoric Life” and “Reading and Tracking.”

For more information, call the District’s Office of Education at 630-933-7208.

Upcoming Workshops For Educators

Bass in the Class

Through this award-winning program, teachers incorporate aquariums with live smallmouth bass into the classroom for eight weeks. Students help care for young fish, which are ultimately released into a forest preserve. The program takes place April 25, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Register by April 11, 2015. For more information, download the Bass in the Class flier.

Earth Partnership For Schools

The Earth Partnership Program started in 1991 as an outgrowth of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum's focus on ecological restoration as a way of establishing a positive relationship between people and the land. Today, this program assists teachers in establishing restoration projects on school sites and provide the tools for building a curriculum that incorporates restoration into almost any subject area. To learn more, visit Earth Partnership for Schools.

Field Trips, Programs and Classroom Resources

The Forest Preserve District offers a variety of engaging educational experiences for students. A range of opportunities for Scouts and youth groups are also available for those working toward badges and other achievements. The Forest Preserve District’s naturalists and heritage interpreters offer field trips, self-guided programs, in-class presentations and learning opportunities. Learn about a variety of professional development, extension and in-class programs available at each of our education centers. View the Teachers Guide and Scouting Guide.

Get Outside Outdoor Education Day

This new four-hour field trip accommodates up to 125 children from first through eight grades. Choose up to five topics for your students including archery, bird-watching, food chains, GPS and geocaching, habitat restoration, Illinois trees and plants, insect investigation, reptile encounter, take a hike or team building. Click here for a printable flyer.

Scouting Merit Badge Programs

Scouts can earn their merit badges during two-day programs at Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center. More information here. Download the registration form here.

Scouts can fulfill requirements for the environmental science merit badge during Go! Camp at Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center. More information here. Download the registration form here.

Educational Loan Boxes

Educational loan boxes are a wonderful way for teachers to enhance curricula and introduce students to DuPage County’s natural and cultural history. Each box contains suggested lesson and activity outlines, books, DVDs, and specimens for students to examine, and all materials align with Illinois Learning Standards.

Forest Preserve District and Illinois Department of Natural Resources boxes are available, and teachers can borrow any of them for up to two weeks by calling Mayslake Peabody Estate at (630) 206-9586.


Forest Preserve District Boxes     


IDNR Boxes

  • Feathers
  • ELL/ESL Nature Detectives
  • Owls
  • Prairie Plants
  • Prehistoric Life
  • Skulls
  • Tracking
  • Watersheds
  • Aquatic Illinois
  • Illinois Birds
  • Illinois Fossils
  • Illinois Insects and Spiders
  • Illinois Invasive Species
  • Illinois Prairies
  • Illinois State Symbols
  • Illinois Trees
  • Illinois Wild Mammals
  • People and Places from Illinois Past
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