School Programs

All of our programming is aligned to learning standards, and most of our programs can be adjusted for younger or older audiences. As always, our staff is available to help you find the right fit for your classroom. We look forward to working with you!

Welcome Teachers!

The Champaign County Forest Preserve District remains committed to supporting the health of our program participants. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has caused many changes in the way we offer our programming. For this reason we will be following CDC/IDPH and our local health department guidelines regarding masking and social distancing.

In the case that COVID-19 still plays a role in the 2022-23 school year and does not allow you to bring your students on field trips to the forest preserves, we have many other opportunities that we can provide you to supplement and enrich your curriculum. Please reach out to us so we can talk about how we can meet your needs. Check out our custom-made educational videos.

In-Class Programs (Preschool - High School)

If your class cannot come to us for a field trip, consider an in-class program. Our educators can tailor a visit to meet your classroom needs. Presentation length varies from 30 minutes to one hour per classroom. Call to discuss any idea you have for your class. This experience could be scheduled for one class or multiple classes.


Cultural & Plant Science
Selena Gonzalez
[email protected]
(217) 586-2612

Patrick Ahasic
[email protected]
(217) 896-2455

Educator Resources

The Forest Preserve District provides a variety of special resources for teachers, including age-appropriate displays, handbooks and binders, and backpacks for your class to take on the trails.


2023-2024 Brochure

You can download the entire 2023-2024 Expanding the Classroom brochure.


Programs and Resources

See a list of programs and resources for all grade levels. Hard copies of the brochure are also available at most District locations; or, let us know if you would like to receive one in the mail.

Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat

The exhibit is located on the Timberdoodle Trail in the Homer Lake Forest Preserve.

Learn about how our planet’s most valuable resources are disappearing before our eyes. Students will learn about different tree species around the world and how we are connected to trees in our everyday lives.

Grade 4-8
Program Length: 1.5 hours
Common Core SL1, SL3

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