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Teachers & Youth Leaders


Take Education Beyond the Classroom

Whether you teach social studies, science, history or English or volunteer as a Scout leader, a full spectrum of interdisciplinary educational programs and tours will help you keep your students motivated year-round.

  • All programs address Illinois State Learning Standards
  • Small group activities, interactive learning stations and explorations make learning fun
  • Age-appropriate programs can be tailored to meet your group's unique needs
  • Teacher training to help meet CPDU recertification requirements is also available

Programs for Schools and Youth Groups

  Environmental Education  

Environmental Education

Enhance indoor learning with outdoor experiences. The Lake County Forest Preserves' environmental education programs emphasize fun and adventure while encouraging participants to take a hands-on approach to nature.

Through activities, nature walks and discussion, children learn more about the world around them. Our programs reach all corners of the county, showcasing diverse ecosystems and wildlife habitats throughout our area.

All programs stress the interconnection between humans and the environment. Any program you choose addresses Illinois State Learning Standards while helping you add a new dimension to your existing curriculum.

Sign up for an Environmental Education Program today! Call 847-968-3321 or e-mail RyersonWoods@LCFPD.org.

  (c)Kim Karpeles/www.kimkarpeles.com  

Museum Education

Today's children are making tomorrow's history. At the Lake County Discovery Museum, our hands-on exhibits and education programs unlock the door to past worlds and people. Explore our regional heritage, the cultures of the different peoples who have lived in Lake County, our relationship to our environment and much more.

Located at the county's largest Forest Preserve, Lakewood, the Lake County Discovery Museum provides the perfect setting for a field trip. Learning opportunities take place both inside the Museum and outside on the grounds.

All history education programs provide a chance for students to work with trained educators as well as time to explore the galleries.

Call today to make your History Education Program reservations: 847-968-3400 or e-mail LCMuseum@LCFPD.org.

  Scout Safety  

Scout and Safety Programming

Scout and Safety programs are designed to aid both Girl and Boy Scouts in completing badge requirements, but are available for any group with interest. We're also happy to tailor any of the Environmental Education and History programs to meet specific badge requirements.

Environmental Educators and Naturalists offer nature-based programs such as Naturalist, Wildlife, Small Craft Skills and more. For more information or to register please call the Ryerson Conservation Area at 847-968-3321 or e-mail RyersonWoods@LCFPD.org.

Museum Educators offer history-based programs like Listening to the Past, Collectors and more. For more information or to register please call the Lake County Discovery Museum at 847-968-3400 or e-mail LCMuseum@LCFPD.org.

Our Forest Preserve Rangers offer outdoor skill and safety programs such as Bicycle Safety, Conservation, Law Enforcement and more. These programs will provide groups with the information needed to earn badges, segments or tridads and can take place either at a Forest Preserve or a location of your choice. A Merit Badge Counselor is also available. For more information or to register please contact Ranger Mike Anderson at 847-968-3433 or e-mail mikeanderson@LCFPD.org.

  Teacher Training  

Teacher Training

Broaden your horizons with teacher training. Teacher workshops, program previews, in-service training and other adult education opportunities are available for a variety of subjects. These unique learning opportunities address both Illinois State Learning Standards and Teacher Performance Standards. The Lake County Forest Preserve District is an authorized provider of teacher training.

  Field Trips  

Field Trip Grants for Schools

The environmental education programs of the Lake County Forest Preserves bring children from their school rooms into living outdoor classrooms to experience nature firsthand. The Gateways to Nature Grants program helps to defray the cost of these programs for Lake County public schools with limited financial resources, providing a program fee waiver and partial bus transporation reimbursement.

Special thanks to North Shore Gas for helping to fund the program during the 2007-08 school year.


Guide to Field Trips

A Guide to Field Trips is available for educators, scout and youth group leaders. Download one now, or email us to request a copy by mail.