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Challenge Course

Challenge Course For detailed information about our Challenge Course options, please download our brochure. Nestled in the wooded areas of Lincoln Marsh, the Challenge Course provides opportunities for group, partner, and personal development where participants stretch beyond perceived limits in an atmosphere of support and respect. Facilitators design fun and enriching experiences that target the goals identified by each group. Click on any program type or topic for specific information: Determine Your Group Type Teams Course Details & Tour Travel Teams Course High Ropes Course Details & Tour Climbing Tower Power Pole Crate Climbing Custom Programs Add a Meeting Room and/or Specialty Menu from Arrowhead Golf Club Make Your Challenge Course Reservation Video clip of Wheaton Park District staff participating in the Teams Course What Type Of Group Are We? Youth/Family Groups that are high school aged or younger or groups of friends/families that are [...]


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/scout (min. $60/program) Nonresidents: $7.50/scout (min. $75/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, optional add-on of $1/person for hot chocolate and marshmallows Mouse Walk (3 Cheers for Animals Journey, Red Petal) - 1 hour Through role-play, a [...]

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  

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 [...]


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

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 [...]

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 [...]

Wetlands Education

Wetlands EducationWetlands Education Program Teacher Packet (PDF, 12.1 MB)Please note: download time may be substantial for slower internet connections. The teacher packet has general information about the field trip as well as pre- and post-visit activities.Wetlands Guide (PDF, 425.4 KB)The guide is full of fun games to test your knowledge and whet your appetite for Nature News!Program OverviewBring your students to the Lincoln Marsh to participate in hands-on, experience based lessons that demonstrate the values of wetlands. During this four-hour field trip, your students learn that wetlands improve water quality, control flooding, are an important habitat, and provide a place for recreational activities.This program addresses Illinois State Learning Standards for late elementary. The Wetlands Education Program can accommodate groups of up to 100 students. The best time to schedule the program is late April through early June. Space fills up quickly so book your program early. Please call the Lincoln [...]

Schools & Groups

Schools & Groups For detailed information about programs offered, please download our Schools & Groups brochure (PDF) or Preschool brochure (PDF). Click on any program type or topic for specific information: Nature Discovery (Field Trips & Outreach) Outdoor Adventures Nighttime Nature How to Make a Program Reservation NGSS Correlations (PDF) Nature Discovery (Field Trips & Outreach) Nature Discovery Field Trips provide students with the opportunity to experience science and nature at its finest, exploring the many seasonal wonders of nature at Lincoln Marsh. Educators lead classes on exciting, fun filled adventures in hands-on discovery and exploration. Can’t come to Lincoln Marsh? Let us bring a little nature to you. Invite an educator from the Lincoln Marsh to visit your classroom for a fun-filled, hands-on outreach program. We will need you to provide an area for our educator to set up program supplies. An area large [...]


Programs Overview Lincoln Marsh programs incorporate hands-on activities to promote interaction with and appreciation of the natural world through discovery and exploration. Whether participants are searching for life in the dirt or magnificent fliers in the sky, they are sure to pique their curiosity about all things wild and crave for more. Planning to participate in one of our programs? See our Forms & Waivers page for important information for group leaders, participants, chaperones, and drivers.