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Touch of Nature

We offer expertly guided, hands-on school and scout programs throughout Lake County.

Our school programs are designed to address Illinois Learning Standards and can be customized to fit your needs. Programs offer hands-on learning incorporating science, social studies, history and language arts, and feature experts, local historians and naturalists. 

In addition to field trips, our education programs and staff are packed and ready to travel. Programs are economically priced and designed for one classroom of students. Programs are available at convenient locations throughout the county to minimize bus transport. Special discounts are available for multiple programs booked in a single day—call 847-968-3321 for details.

Browse available school and scout programs and sign up for our educator e-newsletter for special offerings year-round. Registration for our popular programs begins July 1, so you can have field trip plans in place before the rush of the new school year begins.

Learn more about the registration process

View list of Illinois Science Standards covered by our programs

Teacher Open House

Attend a spring or fall Teacher Open House to learn about programs and resources for your class, and take part in teacher training sessions with Museum and Environmental education staff. Up to two CPDUs available. Check our calendar for dates or sign up for our educator email list.

Environmental Education School & Scout

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History and Museum School & Scout

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