Schools & Groups

For detailed information about programs offered, please download our brochure.

Click on any program type or topic for specific information:

 

 

Nature Discovery Field Trips

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. Our programs are designed to be as hands on as possible and are therefore intended for individual classrooms/small groups. Home school groups welcome!

Group Size

  • Maximum 30 participants/program

Program Length

  • 45 minutes-1 hour

Fees

  • In Wheaton/Dist. 200: $4/participant (min. $60/program)
  • Out of Wheaton/Dist. 200: $5/participant (min. $75/program)
  • Add a Campfire: $40 for 1 hour, optional add-on of $1/person for hot chocolate and marshmallows
Discover how terrific trees really are! We’ll learn the parts of a tree and how trees can be homes for animals then go on a hike to see how many different trees we can find.
Come and be magically transformed into field mice! Through games, role-play, and a short hike, we’ll use our senses and imagination to discover what mice need to survive.
Join us on a six-legged adventure to explore the exciting lives of insects. Discover how they are similar and different and what makes them important.
Head into nature’s basement to meet the cleanup crew of the forest floor. We’ll investigate the lives and roles of millipedes, centipedes, and other decomposers.
Bring nature to life as we hike through the beautiful Lincoln Marsh while learning about one of the following themes: Seasons, Birds, Plants, Animals, or Senses. Interested in something not on the list? We may be able to accommodate.
Explore the marsh first hand as we discover what a wetland is, who calls it home, and why wetlands are important.
Participate in hands-on, experience-based lessons that demonstrate the values of wetlands. During this four-hour field trip, we’ll learn that wetlands improve water quality, control flooding, are an important habitat, and provide a place for recreational activities. The Wetlands Education Program can accommodate groups of up to 100 students.

Please call for program details and pricing.

If you don’t see what you’re looking for, give us a call! We’ll do our best to design or adapt a program to meet your educational goals. Past requested topics have included birds, bats, plants, food chains, skulls, and themed nature walks. You can also build your own program utilizing a combination of our Challenge Course, Outdoor Adventure, and/or Nature Discovery options.

 

 

14062683032_47caa90041_bNature in Your Classroom

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 lesson. Our programs are designed to be as hands on as possible and are therefore intended for individual classrooms/small groups. We will need you to provide an area for our educator to set up program supplies. An area large enough for the students to sit in a half circle is preferred. Home school groups welcome! If you don’t have a space to meet, please contact the Lincoln Marsh office to make arrangements. 

Group Size

  • Maximum 30 participants/program 

Program Length

  • 45 minutes-1 hour

Fees

  • In Wheaton/Dist. 200: $85/program ($75/additional program*)
  • Out of Wheaton/Dist. 200: $105/program ($95/additional program*) plus travel fee based on distance

*Additional programs are those scheduled less than 30 minutes after the preceding program.

Learn the important roles that bats, bees, and spiders play in nature. We’ll sing songs and share in activities that help to dispel the fear and misunderstanding associated with these unhuggable critters.
Through music and play, we’ll come to understand the challenges faced by native animals during the winter and be introduced to the concepts of migration, hibernation, and adaptation.
What makes an insect an insect? Discover insect characteristics and visit with a live six-legged creature.
Help us build a model marsh and find out who calls this habitat home. We’ll meet wetland critters and explore the mysteries of the marsh!
Explore the mysteries of owls! We’ll examine owl biofacts and discover the many unique adaptations of this nocturnal predator.
Learn about amazing animals while examining and touching specimens and live animals. We can focus on one of the following options: animal adaptations, differences between animal groups, or a specific animal group.

 

 

9495470570_6c15da08f8_bOutdoor Adventures

An adventure awaits! Choose from four different options.

Group Size

  • Maximum 30 participants/program, unless otherwise noted.

Program Length

  • 1.5 hours

Fees

  • Geocaching/Orienteering/Snowshoeing
    In Wheaton/Dist. 200: $7/participant (min. $70/program)
    Out of Wheaton/Dist. 200: $8.75/participant (min. $87.50/program)
  • Canoeing
    In Wheaton/Dist. 200: $9/participant (min. $90/program)
    Out of Wheaton/Dist. 200: $11.25/participant (min. $112.50/program)
  • Add a Campfire
    $40 for 1 hour, optional add-on of $1/person for hot chocolate and marshmallows
Explore Lincoln Marsh while using GPS units to find hidden treasures. Chaperones are needed for every 5 participants under the age of 18.
Learn how to use a compass including taking a bearing and walking paces then find your way through the orienteering course at Lincoln Marsh. Chaperones are needed for every 5 participants under the age of 18.
Enjoy a guided snowshoe hike through the picturesque Lincoln Marsh finished off with a campfire. Optional add-on of $1/person for hot chocolate and marshmallows. Programs include use of snowshoes. Must have at least 3 inches of snow. Maximum participants: 14 adult/youth & 5 children.
Come out and paddle around Northside Park Lagoon. Program includes basic instruction. Maximum 16-24 participants (2-3 people per canoe). Children ages 6-8 must have one adult in each canoe.

 

 

Nighttime Nature Programs Ÿ

We have three different night outings to choose from. Each program includes a campfire and marshmallow roast.

Group Size

  • Maximum 30 participants/program

Program Length

  • 1.5 hours

Fees

  • In Wheaton/Dist. 200: $9/participant (min. $90/program)
  • Out of Wheaton/Dist. 200: $11.25/participant (min. $112.50/program)

Discover the native owls that call Lincoln Marsh home and hit the trails in search of these magnificent nocturnal predators. Available October – December.
Go on a hike and discover the mysteries lurking in the dark at Lincoln Marsh.
Enjoy songs and stories around a cozy campfire.

 

 

How Do I Make a Program Reservation?

  • Decide which of our programs you would like your group to participate in.
  • Choose several dates in the event that your first choice is not available.
  • Contact the Lincoln Marsh Office at 630-871-2810 for additional information and reservations.
  • Reservations should be made at least two weeks in advance; earlier reservations are appreciated and recommended.
  • A covered picnic shelter may be available for use before/after your program. Reservations must be made at the time the program is scheduled.
  • Onsite programs are held entirely outdoors and are conducted rain or shine except when inclement weather creates unsafe conditions.
  • Reservation information will be emailed to you prior to your program. Review it carefully and call us as soon as possible if anything is incorrect or changes (i.e. number of participants).