Outdoor Education Program

Lorado Taft Field Campus provides resident outdoor education programs to 6000+ elementary and middle-school students each year. Groups come from many districts throughout the northern Illinois region.  The most common stay is a 3 day/2 night, but we do offer options for a 2 day/1 night, 4day/3night, or a 5 day/4 night stay.  Or, if the residential option isn't feasible, we also offer half-day and full-day trip options.  

Taft's Outdoor Education Program teaches an appreciation, understanding, and awareness of the natural community by studying and interacting with the natural world.  Underlying a visit to Taft is the belief that learning is not only restricted to the classroom, but is also accomplished in the world around us.  Through the combination of related, multidisciplinary activities and an interaction with the natural world, we hope that students will not only acquire new knowledge, but will also come to appreciate this philosophy.