Teachers Guide

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

Scouting Guide

View the Scouting Guide for a range of opportunities.


Teachers and Scouts

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Subscribe today to DuPage Forest Preserve’s School, Scout and Youth Programs newsletter featuring monthly updates on new resources for classrooms, upcoming professional development workshops and courses and real-world field experiences for educators. 

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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 each spring. For more information, download the Bass in the Class flyer.

If you’re new to “Bass in the Class” and want your classroom to join the spring 2017 program, you must attend our 2016 training program on April 23. To register, call (630) 850-8112 or click here.

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.

Boy Scouts are also invited to join us for the GO! Camp Environmental Science Badge Aug. 8 ‒ 12, 2016 at Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center in Oak Brook. Boy scouts ages 11 ‒ 17 will have a fun week exploring the environment and enjoying a night of camping while working to fulfill requirements for the environmental science merit badge with a certified merit badge counselor and naturalist.

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.

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 (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 Trees
  • Illinois Wild Mammals
  • People and Places from Illinois Past
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