conservation workday

Scouts learn about the techniques and tools used in ecological restoration, and the ill effects of invasive species on our local ecosystems. Participants will get hands-on experience in cutting and removing non-native species of plants, collecting and cleaning seeds or planting beneficial plants. Afterwards, we’ll sit back with s’mores around a cheerful campfire.

bird survey

MARCH-JUNE & AUGUST-NOVEMBER

Scouts will learn how to properly observe, identify and record bird data. They’ll hike the marsh’s nature trails and use binoculars to spot the various bird species that find refuge on the marsh during their spring and fall migrations.

calling frog survey

APRIL-MAY

Scouts will learn about all things frog, including how to distinguish their different calls. At dusk, they’ll hike out to the marsh and put their new skills to the test by conducting their own frog calling survey.

eco-rec climbing experience

MAY – OCTOBER

Scouts will test their strength by climbing the historic 30-foot ore walls at Steelworkers Park, under the supervision of an experienced instructor. They’ll learn about the region’s culture and history of steel making.

eco-rec bike clinic

MAY – OCTOBER

Scouts will enjoy a day of fast-paced adventure using Big Marsh Park’s fleet of BMX bikes. Participants will learn proper riding techniques, the ABC’s of bike maintenance, and enjoy riding on the park’s state-of-the-art bike trails.

ready to participate?

Programs range from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours in duration, with a minimum of 10 and maximum of 20 scouts per experience. There must be 2 chaperones per 20 scouts.

The cost of an experience is $10 per scout. Chaperones are free.

Groups or parents must create or sign into an existing account at www.chicagoparkdistrict.com in order to pay for participation in the Scout Experience.

Questions? Email us at Scouts@chicagoparkdistrict.com.