Drive up to the Byron Forest Preserve, and you immediately feel close to nature. For students, they feel a part of it.
Richie Wolf, and the educational department, offer free field trips to schools in the area, working to educate kids from a young age.
"We feel it's very important, and essential in fact, to get kids outdoors and experience nature to learn where their food comes from, their water comes from, so when they grow up they can make wise decisions to protect the environment," says Richie Wolf.
The woodlands, prairies, and wetlands are a focus, showing students how nature started, and how it's changed. Anna
Bonvallet sends her kids here few days a week and sees the benefits.
"They can come here, and they get to see the animals that the forest preserve keeps here in the building, and they sometimes will go outside, and they'll play, walk the trails, stuff like that," Bonvallet says. "I think it's really neat that it kind of sparks their curiosity for nature."
By animals, she means this guy. Something I just had to meet up close.
One of the classes includes touching a Fox snake, to sort of debunk all the myths about how scary animals, like snakes, could be. And don't forget the maple syrup field trip, made from a maple tree on the property, a sweet ending to a nature filled day.
If schools are interested in field trips, they can visit www.byronforestpreserve.com for information.
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