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The Torstenson Youth Conservation Education Learning Center is developing a variety of programs designed to meet the educational goals of teachers and youth group leaders and provide interactive, educational programs for students of all age levels. A wide range of conservation education lessons and activities are available to help educators plan their field trip while connecting with the Illinois Learning Standards, Common State Standards and/or Next Generation Science Standards as well.

Research suggests that conservation, environmental and outdoor education activities promote student achievement and benefit students in many ways. It offers opportunities for rich, hands-on, real-world and relevant learning across the school curriculum. It emphasizes specific critical-thinking skills that promote questioning, investigating, forming hypothoses, interpreting data, analyzing, developing conclusions and solving problems, as well as cooperative learning.

Since hiring a Program Director in July 2013, the ICF has hosted numerous school field trips centered on natural resource studies. Youth groups from as far as Chicago have explored the Center studying the woodland, wetland, restored prairie and river habitats and wildlife. Extended visits over the summer have allowed Chicago youth opportunities for a full immersion camping experience in a setting without skyscrapers and the noise and pollution of the city.


"The Illinois Conservation Foundation has done an amazing job transforming the property into a first-class outdoor educational facility. It is a favorite of teachers and educators from all over, a place where we can bring tomorrow's leaders to learn about, live among and appreciate all that nature has to offer.

Would you like to bring your class to TYCEC? Download the form below and email your request to Tom Hoffman - hoffman.icflc@gmail.com.

TYCEC/TES Request Form

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