A Field Trip You'll Never Forget

Educational programs at the Watershed Nature Center offer engaging, nature-based experiences that invite students to gain awareness and appreciation for the environment.  Programs are designed to address Common Core and Illinois State Learning Standards, 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 will inspire a lifelong love for the natural world. 

Field Trips for Spring 2019 are reserved for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade classes.  To see schedule and sign up please visit:  FIELD TRIP SIGN UP

The cost for field trips is $5.00 per student, adults are free.  For more information contact: education@watershednc.org

*If you are a part of another grade that would like to visit this Spring please contact: education@watershednc.org

Senses in Nature (Kindergarten)

We experience nature best when we use our senses. Young explorers will investigate the change in seasons with sensory activities and naturalist-led scavenger hunt hike. Please come dressed for the weather. This program is approximately 1.5 hours.

Forest & Soils (4th Grade)

What makes a forest a forest? Students will explore the forest ecosystem, learn to identify the key components of a forest, dig deeper into forest soils, and meet some of our forest wildlife. This is a hands-on field trip, please come dressed for the weather. This program is approximately 2 hours.

Ecosystems & Prairies (5th Grade)

Students have the opportunity to collect data in this field study based activity. Students will venture out into one of the watershed's praries to practice data collecting with prairie plants. Afterwards students will participate in an interactive game of tag that simulates predator and prey relationships. This program is approximately 2 hours 


I liked going on the trails. I liked making animal homes. I loved learning about habitats. I love animals.
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What Local Kids Say: 

"Thank you for teaching us the beauty of nature and sharing the information you know. Without you, I would have not learned how to spot poison ivy. My favorite part was when we toured the wetlands because of the magnificent view."

"Today at the Watershed, I was really excited to see the different types of insects, snakes, plants, and birds. I hope to come back to the Watershed soon because this was a wonderful experience." 

"Thank you so much for taking me on an amazing nature adventure at the Watershed! It was a great opportunity to see all of the animals and plants. Hopefully, I will see you this summer." 

"My favorite part was the smell of nature. I also enjoyed when we were talking about snakes even though I am scared of snakes. You made me want to learn more than ever. Thank you!"

"Thank you for taking the time to show us such awesome prairies. I love the Watershed because of the plants and animals. I just wanted to thank you for teaching our class." 

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