Fun Chicago and Suburban Field Trips

Become a tourist in your own city! Join us on a Teaching Safari that will introduce your students to the cool and exciting activities Chicago has to offer. Need a break from the city life? Take a field trip to one of the wonderful suburban destinations just a few miles outside of downtown!
Visit to a Suburban Horse Farm
Escape the city and experience The Barn! This Arabian Horse farm is located just 15 miles west of Chicago, but provides visitors with an amazing "country" atmosphere.
Forest Preserve Maple Syrup Factory Grades PreK-4
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is eager to work with youth and civic groups after school or on weekends as staff schedules permit. They may also work with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts on merit-badge requirements and on reaching established troop goals and improving leadership skills.
Forest Preserve Nature Detectives Grades K-1
Whether you want to sit and study wildlife through a picture window or check out a nature backpack and head off on an excursion, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County offers a single starting point with a lot of great endings — and smiles all around!
Forest Preserve Trees Please Grade 2
Visitors can find answers to nature-related questions from the center’s staff of expert naturalists, who love talking about native plants and animals almost as much as they love learning about nature themselves!
Forest Preserve Bugology Grades 1-3
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Visitor Center provides an engaging, interactive introduction to the local environment. There, visitors can explore the world of Salt Creek and its inhabitants and learn how to identify common birds and animal tracks. They can get up close and personal with the 13,000-year-old skeleton of a woolly mammoth or use microscopes and spotting scopes to examine creatures that call DuPage County home today.
Forest Preserve Migration Headache Grades 3-6
The mission of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County's Nature Education Center is to educate the public about humankind’s influence on DuPage County’s natural ecosystems and the inter-relationships with the environment.
Forest Preserve Mighty Acorns Grades 4-6
Three field trips per year in the fall, winter, and spring. Programs provide students with reference information, lessons and activity outlines, and natural objects for use with activities. The materials are meant to enhance curriculum, but teachers can also use them as fun, single-use experiences.
Forest Preserve Geocaching Adventure Grades 4-12
Each year more than 35,000 school children visit the Forest PReserve District of DuPage County's Nature Education Center to learn about the local natural environment and how they can improve conditions for future generations - most of which meet Ilinois state curriculum standards.
Graue Mill and the Underground Railroad
Located in the southern corner of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Graue Mill and Museum is one of the area’s remaining authenticated Underground Railroad “stations” and the only operating waterwheel grist mill in Illinois. Programs on milling, spinning, and weaving illustrate life between 1850 and 1890 and the effect mills had on the area’s culture.
Chicago Navy Pier IMAX Theater
Take your students on a journey full of surprise and delight. Together they can explore the environment, natural history and many wonders that lie beneath the ocean and so much more. IMAX films put them in the center of spirited adventure and hypnotic events in a way no other film presentation can.
Chicago Jazz and Hip Hop Dance Classes
Learn through expression and movement
Chicago Tumbling Classes
Promote health and physical education in order to develop a sound mind in a sound body
THANK YOU! Ms. Joy worked with our group for 8 weeks in the You, Inc. program. Three of our students have been hired by local businesses! Thank you Ms. Joy for taking the time to impress upon our students the importance of job readiness, as well as setting up the mock interviews...they were a success! -Lisa Marie