Watershed Environmental Education: On-Site, Standards-Based Learning

Due to construction and the hiring of a new educational director, we are not able to schedule any field trips this Spring. We invite you to visit for a self-guided Wilderness Walk and apologize for any inconvenience. 

The educational programs at the Watershed Nature Center offer engaging, nature-based experiences that invite students to gain awareness and appreciation for the natural world.  Programs are designed to address Common Core and Illinois State Learning Standards in many areas, emphasizing activities that correlate with The Next Generation Science Standards.  Students participate in “learning by doing” experiences that connect science, technology, society and nature.

We are committed to providing excellent environmental education for all children to help them understand the natural world and their place as environmental stewards. The Center has accessible trails and age-appropriate curriculum that can be adapted for all student needs.  The education staff will work with teachers and group leaders to tailor their visits to reinforce or complement classroom learning.