Field Trips

Irons Oaks environmental education programs are designed to introduce participants to the natural world through hands-on learning. These programs support several state standards and local curriculum guidelines. Whether you are a school teacher, day care provider, or home school educator, we have a program that will fit your needs or we are happy to build a custom program for your group.


Nature Programs for 2nd grade to high school

Insect Investigations (Seasonal)

Learn about, hunt and search for these unique creatures at Irons Oaks.

Water, Water Everywhere

Discover the many facets of water including pond study, macro-invertebrate sampling and water cycle activities.

Forest Exploration

Students will learn about trees from the inside out and what is happening in Illinois forests today.

Illinois Biodiversity

Thousands of organisms call Illinois home besides people. Investigate what kinds of life fill the state and the important role they have in the balance of nature.

Nature Games

Learn simple environmental themes while playing games together!

Nature Detectives (2nd - 5th grade)

As Animal Scene Investigators, students will investigate and solve seasonal mysteries through activities, games stories and short hikes.



Early Childhood Programs for Pre-K to 1st grade

Sense Hike

Join a naturalist for a hike through Irons Oaks to discover all the sights, sounds, textures, and smells that nature offers.

Nature Stories

Go on an adventure to help connect a nature story to real life in the forest.