We offer a variey of field trips at our conservation areas and outreach programs in your classroom. Programs are free for McHenry County schools and we begin scheduling on the dates listed below. View or download our Environmental Education Opportunities Teachers’ Guide for program descriptions and additional information. To request a copy be mailed or emailed to you, call the Prairieview Education Center at (815) 479-5779 or email education@MCCDistrict.org.
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. on the following dates.
Refer to the guide for the appropriate contact information and telephone numbers.
|Season||For the months of||Start taking phone calls|
|Spring 2014||March, April, May||January 8, 2014|
|Fall 2014||September, October, November||May 14, 2014|
|Winter 2014-2015||December, January, February||September 10, 2014|
Note: We begin scheduling out-of-county schools for field trips (outreach programs are not available) two weeks after the posted dates. The cost is $40.00 per class of 12-35 students. Exceptions to this minimum group size of 12 may be made for special needs students or home school groups. In these circumstances the fee is $2.00 per student.
Preparing Your Class for Field Trips
To ensure the best experience possible for everyone, please note the following:
1. Make sure the bus driver knows where to drop off and pick up the class, as we offer field trips at several different areas throughout McHenry County.
2. Make every effort to arrive on time. We often have programs scheduled immediately following yours.
3. Field trips are conducted rain or shine. Students and teachers should dress for the weather. Consult your school or group weather policy and contact the education center you are scheduled to visit to discuss a weather-related cancellation.
4. A ratio of 1 adult to 10 students is recommended. In addition to monitoring student behavior, adults are expected to participate in all aspects of the trip. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate children who are not students in the class. When recruiting adult helpers for your field trip, please be sure they understand this rule.
5. A sick child is the responsibility of the visiting group. Prepare ahead for such an event. We will provide a quiet area for a child to rest. However, direct supervision of the child is the responsibility of the group.
Preparing Your Class for Outreach Programs
The key to preparing for outreach programs is to let the program leader know how the program fits in your curriculum. Are you introducing or reinforcing an existing unit, or do you need assistance with ideas for classroom activities that will build on our program? Knowing the material the class has covered on the program topic allows the leader to tailor the presentation accordingly.
Download Pre- and Post-Activities
After you have scheduled a field trip or outreach program, we encourage you to download the corresponding teacher packet from the links below. If you prefer to receive hard copies of this material, notify the program leader when you schedule the program.
Outreach Program Teacher Packets
Field Trip Teacher Packets
Prairieview Education Center, Crystal Lake
|Bugs, Bugs, Bugs|
Lost Valley Visitor Center, Ringwood