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Scout Programs I'm interested in programs for: Girl Scouts Cub Scouts We offer a variety of programs for scouts that fulfill many of the requirements for badge and award completion. Our programs are designed to be as hands-on as possible and are intended for small groups. For details on making a program reservation, click here. Coming Soon: Boy Scout Merit Badges! Girl Scouts For detailed information about programs and requirements met, please download the Girl Scout Brochure (PDF). Group Size Maximum 25 scouts/program Program Length 1.5 hours, unless otherwise noted Fees Wheaton Residents: $6.50/scout (min. $65/program) Nonresidents: $8.25/scout (min. $82.50/program) Some programs have an additional fee of $1/scout that does not count towards the minimum fee. Add a Campfire: $40 for 1 hour Mouse Walk (3 Cheers for Animals Journey, Red Petal) - 1 hour Through role-play, a short hike, and a game, we’ll use our senses [...]

Scouts 2018-01-29T22:21:56+00:00

Explore the Marsh

Discover Lincoln Marsh! Top 10 Things to do at Lincoln Marsh: Discover something new in an Adventure or Nature Program. There are different options for all ages! Challenge your personal limits on our High Ropes Course Develop group communication, cooperation, and bonding while exploring our Teams Course Navigate through our Geocache and Orienteering Courses Learn about the habitats and critters that call Lincoln Marsh home Earn Scout Badges Participate in the fun and excitement of our Team Adventure and Nature Camps Go for a hike on two miles of trails and explore nature in all seasons Observe birds and other wildlife Walk your dog  

Explore the Marsh 2017-03-10T17:42:07+00:00

For Kids

For Kids One of the greatest gifts you can give children is your love of nature. Children need regular time outdoors, so visit Lincoln Marsh Natural Area with your kids to experience something new every time the weather changes. We offer wide open, natural places where your children can run, have fun, and play safely. Let your kids take the lead – with their natural curiosity, they will quickly find something to explore. We also provide programs to promote nature exploration by children and their families. We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about the exciting hands on programs we offer to the community.  Scavenger Hunts Downloadable scavenger hunts to use while hiking our trails! Discover! Packs Grab the family and head over to Lincoln Marsh for an exciting discovery adventure! Our Discover! Packs are filled with all sorts of self-guided activities and discovery tools to help you explore the [...]

For Kids 2017-03-10T17:42:07+00:00


Contact Us Lincoln Marsh Office 1001 W. Lincoln Ave., Wheaton, IL 60187 Ph: 630-871-2810 Fax: 630-871-9213 lincolnmarsh@wheatonparks.org   What information and/or assistance is offered at the Lincoln Marsh Office? General program information. For information about natural resources management please contact our Park Services Center at 630-653-5429. Reservations for group programs including schools, scouts, and birthday parties. Reservations for Challenge Course programs. Information about Wheaton Park District quarterly brochure programs at Lincoln Marsh or hosted by Lincoln Marsh staff. For information about registration please click here or contact our registration department at 630-690-4880.   Staff Directory Terra Johnson Lincoln Marsh Program Manager terraj@wheatonparks.org Ph: 630-510-4990 Deb Ditchman Environmental Education Supervisor dditchman@wheatonparks.org Ph: 630-510-4992 Mike Kelly Challenge Course Supervisor mkelly@wheatonparks.org Ph: 630-510-4993 Kevin Flynn Conservation Manager kflynn@wheatonparks.org Ph: 630-510-4981

Contact 2017-07-06T14:50:31+00:00

Forms & Waivers

Forms & Waivers Planning to participate in one of our programs? Downloadable files below contain important information to make your experience safe and comfortable. Important Information for Participants Group Programs: Nature Discovery Field Trips (PDF) Geocaching/Orienteering Programs (PDF) Snowshoeing Programs (PDF) Canoeing Programs (PDF) Scout Programs (PDF) Birthday Parties (PDF) Challenge Course (PDF) Travel Teams Course (PDF) Individual Programs: General Programs (PDF) Summer Camps Waivers Snowshoeing Waiver (PDF) Canoeing Waiver (PDF) Challenge Course Waiver (PDF) Challenge Course Waiver (Spanish) (PDF) Important Information for Drivers Main Entrance Details (PDF) East Entrance Details (PDF) Northside Park Map (PDF) Group Leader Checklists Nature Discovery Field Trips (PDF) Geocaching/Orienteering Programs (PDF) Snowshoeing Programs (PDF) Canoeing Programs (PDF) Scout Programs (PDF) Birthday Parties (PDF) Challenge Course (PDF) Travel Teams Course (PDF) Lincoln Marsh Requested Programs/Facility Use Agreement Lincoln Marsh Requested Programs/Facility Use Agreement (PDF) Questions? If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free [...]

Forms & Waivers 2017-03-10T20:04:35+00:00

Individuals & Families

Programs for Individuals & Families Children, youth, and families participate in songs, stories, crafts, explorations, and/or adventures through classes that offer hands-on fun and discovery! Each season has something new to offer along with ever-popular programs. Programs are published through the quarterly Wheaton Park District program guide.   Program Types Together, we’ll sing, fiddle, jiggle, and journey into the wild, while encountering nature through free-play. Self-guided stations explore a new theme each session. The perfect way to foster an appreciation for the natural world in your tiny explorer. It’s nature story-telling time! Join an educator from the Lincoln Marsh at the Wheaton Public Library to listen to a nature-themed story and participate in a related craft and/or activity. Register by calling the Wheaton Public Library at 630-868-7540. Come join us for a unique hour of nature stories and hiking in the great outdoors at Lincoln Marsh! We’ll explore the nature behind [...]

Individuals & Families 2017-03-10T17:42:07+00:00

Discover! Packs

Discover! Packs Grab the family and head over to Lincoln Marsh for an exciting discovery adventure! Our Discover! Packs are filled with all sorts of self-guided activities and discovery tools to help you explore the "wild side" of Wheaton. Backpack Themes: • Backyard Nature • Birds • Habitats • Insects • Senses • Trees/Plants • Winter Wonders Where do I get a backpack? Wheaton Public Library 225 N. Cross St, Wheaton, IL  - Map 630-668-1374 wheatonlibrary.org Check library website for hours. You must have a valid Wheaton Public Library card to check out a backpack. Lincoln Marsh Office 1001 W Lincoln Ave, Wheaton, IL - Map 630-871-2810 Hours: 8am-4pm, Mon.-Fri. Call first to check availability.

Discover! Packs 2017-03-10T17:42:07+00:00

Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger Hunts Download scavenger hunts to use while hiking our trails. The following themes are available: Discover Lincoln Marsh! Autumn Birds Forest Prairie Wetland Winter  

Scavenger Hunts 2016-01-15T20:54:05+00:00

Walk Your Dog

Walk Your Dog We welcome dogs and their human companions at Lincoln Marsh! Lincoln Marsh is a great place to take a walk with your dog. While we encourage people and their four-legged companions to walk on our trails, the Wheaton Park District has set guidelines for those visiting Lincoln Marsh with their dogs. This protects the natural area, its inhabitants, and visitors. Wheaton Park District and Wheaton City Ordinances require that dogs be leashed at all times. This is important for a variety of reasons including the protection of your dog. When your dog is off its leash, it may… • Wander off the trails into sensitive habitat in our natural area. • Become injured if it roams through plants that have thorns, burrs, or other unseen hazards. • Be exposed to more ticks. • Happen upon another dog or wildlife that may not welcome the close encounter. Keeping your dog leashed also [...]

Walk Your Dog 2016-01-15T20:53:00+00:00

Amenities & Trail Map

Amenities & Trail Map The Lincoln Marsh trail system is comprised of woodchip, limestone, and boardwalk trails that connect with the Illinois Prairie Path and offers a number of amenities. View the Trailmap (PDF) Limestone trails are accessible to wheelchairs, bicycles, and strollers. Bicycles are not permitted on the woodchip trails. There is a small accessible trail loop around a prairie planting near the east end of the park that is perfect for the tiniest hikers! Amenities Floating Boardwalks & Bird Blinds Floating boardwalks with bird blinds are located in our two main open water marsh areas. Overlooks Get a higher view of the marsh from our two overlooks off of the Illinois Prairie Path. Benches Rustic benches made from trees that have fallen at Lincoln Marsh can be found scattered along the trails. Informational Kiosks, Interpretive Signs & Park Maps Informational kiosks are located at both park entrances. [...]

Amenities & Trail Map 2018-03-15T21:00:45+00:00