White Pines Ranch

 
The 200-acre family-owned and operated White Pines Ranch offers outdoor education programming, weekend retreats, and more for schools, scouts, and other youth groups. Located only 90 miles west of Chicago, the ranch boasts a natural setting complete with picturesque woods, horse trails, abundant wildlife, and a naturally formed sandstone canyon. A wide variety of recreational activities are available at the ranch year-round, including horseback riding, swimming (June 1 through Labor Day), hiking, hayrides, campfires, and more, as well as skiing and sledding in the winter. School groups can visit the ranch for hands-on outdoor education programs and scouts can enjoy 3-day weekend retreats. Heated and air-conditioned dormitories are available on-site for overnight stay.
 
Contact Info
Address: 3581 West Pines Road, Oregon, IL, 61061. Ogle County.
 
Tel: 815-732-7923.
 
 
 
Hrs: Vary.
 
SCHOOLS
The Outdoor Education program at White Pines Ranch uses the Constructivist learning theory to provide students with beneficial environmental learning experiences. The ranch’s natural setting allows students to enjoy enriching outdoor activities such as investigating a water formed canyon, identifying properties of trees, hunting for fossils in the Ordovician dolomite quarry, studying organisms in the meandering streams, and more. In addition to learning important concepts in environmental studies, students can incorporate activities that focus on social and emotional learning, math, history, physical fitness, art, and language arts into their program experience. Programs are available in the fall, winter, and spring. Fees include horseback riding, use of facilities and equipment, three meals, evening snacks, and in-service training for participating teachers. Learn more about outdoor education at White Pines Ranch
 
Contact Info
Contact: Office, 815-732-7923.
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades.
 
Group Size: 150 maximum.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-4 nights.
 
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: 10:1.
 
Registration: Phone, Email.
 
Food Options: Meal, Snacks.
 
Cost: Fee, several options available, please call.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Environmental Studies.
Topics Covered: Science, geology, biology, ecology, habitats, math, language arts, social studies, safety.
  
SCOUTS
Scout leaders and their troops can enjoy an array of fun activities on weekends at White Pines Ranch. Weekends include a safety orientation, meals, and various opportunities to work on scout badges. Scouts will enjoy riding horses on the trails, hiking to the ranch’s sandstone canyon, grooming horses, learning to use a compass, visiting the limestone quarry for fossil hunts, participating in country line dancing, and much more. Fees include all activities, food, and lodging. Patches for Horseback Riding, Fossil Hunt, Canyon Hike, Orienteering, and other weekend program activities are available for purchase at White Pines Ranch’s souvenir counter. Learn more about the weekend program at White Pines Ranch
 
Contact Info
Contact: Office, 815-732-7923.
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades.
 
Group Size: 200 maximum.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 nights/3 days.
 
Recomm. Ratio of Scouts to Staff: Varies with age of children, scout council requirements.
 
Registration: Online, Fax, Mail.
 
Food Options: Meal, Snacks.
 
Cost: Fee.
 
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Physical Education, Health & Safety.
Topics Covered: Horsemanship, hiking, science, geology, nature, orienteering, wilderness survival.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

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