Taking the Shot at Blackwell Forest Preserves

Calling all future Robin Hoods, Katnisses, and Hawkeyes! We’re nocking our arrows and taking aim over at the Blackwell Forest preserve as we learn the amazing sport of archery! No experience necessary, all equipment provided.

Greene Valley Forest Preserve Mini-Trip

It’s a beautiful day, so why not take a trip? We’re heading to the Greene Valely Forest Preserve in Naperville to enjoy the sights & sounds of early spring and have a picnic lunch. Transportation provided. 

Hikers under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Teen Ski Trip

The mountains are calling, and I must go! We're heading to Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena, IL. Chestnut Mountain is home to over 220 rolling acres, a 475-foot vertical drop, and 19 runs ranging from bunny hills to black diamonds. Registration covers transportation and day pass.

Ski lessons and equiptment rentals are available separately through the "Plants & Other" tab.

Gone (Ice) Fishin’

We're visiting our friends at the DuPage County Forest Preserves for a day of ice fishing! Learn the basics of this fun winter adventure and see what you can catch!

If there's not enough ice to safely fish, we'll enjoy a winter hike before come back to Field Center for a campfire and s'mores.

Winter Wildlife Walk


Many of our animal friends are hibernating or have migrated for the winter, but not all of them! We’ll explore the Columbus Park Lagoon and see who spends their winters right here in Northern Illinois.Transportation and hot cocoa included.