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)

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 enough for the students to sit in a half circle is preferred. If you don’t have a space to meet, please contact the Lincoln Marsh office to make arrangements.

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

Programs support Next Generation Science Standards. Click here for details.

Group Size

  • Maximum 30 participants/program 

Program Length

  • 45 minutes-1 hour

Fees

  • Field Trips
    • In Wheaton/Dist. 200: $4.50/participant (min. $67.50/program)
    • Out of Wheaton/Dist. 200: $5.75/participant (min. $86.25/program)
  • Outreach
    • In Wheaton/Dist. 200: $90/program ($80/additional program*)
    • Out of Wheaton/Dist. 200: $115/program (105/additional program*)
      * Additional programs are those scheduled less than 30 minutes after the preceding program.
  • Add a Campfire
    • $40 for 1 hour

Terrific Trees (Field Trip)
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.

Mouse Walk (Field Trip)
Magically transform 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.

Insectmania (Field Trip)
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.

Nature’s Recyclers (Field Trip)
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.

Discovery Hikes (Field Trip)
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.

Wetland Explorations (Field Trip)
Explore the marsh first hand as we discover what a wetland is, who calls it home, and why wetlands are important.

The Unhuggables: Nature’s Super Heroes (Outreach)
Learn the important roles that bats, bees, and spiders play in nature. We’ll sing songs and share in activities that help dispel the fear and misunderstanding associated with these unhuggable critters.

Winter Adaptations (Outreach)
Through music and play, we’ll discover the challenges faced by native animals during winter as we are introduced to the concepts of migration, hibernation, and adaptation.

Insect Investigations (Outreach)
What makes an insect an insect? Discover insect characteristics and visit with a live six-legged creature.

Marsh Mysteries (Outreach)
Build a model marsh, find out who calls this habitat home, and meet some live critters as we explore the mysteries of the marsh!

Who’s The Wise Bird? (Outreach)
Explore the mysteries of owls! We’ll examine owl biofacts and discover the many unique adaptations of this nocturnal predator.

Those Amazing Animals (Outreach)
Learn about animal groups and adaptations while examining and touching specimens and live animals.

Mouse Walk (Field Trip)
Magically transform 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.

Nature’s Recyclers (Field Trip)
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.

Marsh Mysteries (Outreach)
Build a model marsh, find out who calls this habitat home, and meet some live critters as we explore the mysteries of the marsh!

Winter Adaptations (Outreach)
Through music and play, we’ll discover the challenges faced by native animals during winter as we are introduced to the concepts of migration, hibernation, and adaptation.

Insectmania (Field Trip)
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.

Terrific Trees (Field Trip)
Discover how terrific trees really are! We’ll learn the life cycle and parts of a tree then go on a hike to see how many different trees we can find.

Insect Investigations (Outreach)
What makes an insect an insect? Discover insect characteristics and visit with a live six-legged creature.

Who’s The Wise Bird? (Outreach)
Explore the mysteries of owls! We’ll examine owl biofacts and discover the many unique adaptations of this nocturnal predator.

A Plant’s Life (Field Trip)
Dig into a plant’s life with us as we learn about their parts, needs, and how they spread their seeds. Visit the different habitats of Lincoln Marsh to see which plants call them home.

Habitat Hike (Field Trip)
Hike through a wetland, forest, and prairie as we explore how different plants and animals can meet their needs in each habitat.

Wetland Ecology (Water Quality) (Field Trip)
Discover how wetlands help keep our water clean and evaluate the water quality of Lincoln Marsh through aquatic invertebrate sampling. Great to pair with Wetland Ecology (Flood Control).

Wetland Ecology (Flood Control) (Field Trip)
Investigate the flood control capabilities of wetlands through a flood reduction demonstration and other hands-on activities that show the composition of wetlands. Great to pair with Wetland Ecology (Water Quality).

All About Birds (Field Trip)
What makes a bird a bird? Find out as we learn what all birds have in common. We’ll take a walk to observe these fine-feathered friends in their natural habitat.

Those Amazing Animals (Outreach)
Learn about animal groups and adaptations while examining and touching specimens and live animals.

Web of Life (Field Trip or Outreach)
Explore food chains while participating in group activities that emphasize the interrelationships of plants and animals. Can be done as a field trip or outreach.

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.

 

 

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
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

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).