NIU Lorado Taft Field Campus

 
Outdoor education programs at Northern Illinois University’s Lorado Taft Field Campus allow students to appreciate, understand, and develop an awareness of the natural world around them through hands-on, multidisciplinary activities. Located on the bluffs of the Rock River near Lowden State Park, Lorado Taft Field Campus features meeting rooms, a dining hall, and more. Students can enjoy environmental studies programs, history-related classes, team building activities, campfires, and games. Day programs are available and housing facilities are available on-site for overnight stays.
 
Contact Info
Address: 1414 N River Rd, Oregon, IL 61061. Ogle County.
 
Tel: 815-732-2111.
 
 
 
Hrs: Vary.
  
SCHOOLS
Thousands of students from districts throughout Northern Illinois visit Lorado Taft Field Campus for field trips every year. Daytime activities allow students to learn about nature while looking for animal tracks on trail hikes, using nets to explore the species present in Rock River, hunting for fossils, and more. Evening classes include night hikes, star gazing, and many others. Students can also learn about wilderness survival, build teamwork skills on the team building course, make crafts, and much more. Day-only and overnight trips are available. Learn more about daytime and evening outdoor education classes.  
 
Contact Info
Contact: Melanie Costello, Outdoor Education Coordinator, 815-732-2111 ext. 132.
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: 4th-8th.
 
Group Size: 15 minimum, 160 maximum.
 
Activity Type: Overnight Trips, Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: Day only or 1-4 nights.
 
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: 10:1.
 
Registration: Phone, Email.       
 
Food Options: Meals, Beverages, Indoor Seating.
 
Cost: Fee.
 
Accessible To: PD.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Environmental Science, STEM, Social Studies.
Topics Covered: Science, biology, conservation, geology, entomology, Native Americans, ecology, pioneers, astronomy, social and emotional skill building, team building.
 
HOMESCHOOL 
Homeschool groups in grades 4-8 are welcome to explore the enviroonment through half-day, full-day or overnight outdoor education programs at NIU Lorado Taft Field Campus. Programs can focus on topics in biology, earth science, American history and more. The education staff will work with homeschool leaders to customize field trip programs and activities to fit your homeschool science and history curriculum goals.
 
Contact Info
Contact: Melanie Costello, Outdoor Education Coordinator, 815-732-2111 ext. 132.
 
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: 4th-8th.
 
Group Size: 15 minimum, 160 maximum.
 
Activity Type: Overnight Trips, Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: Day only or 1-4 nights.
 
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: 10:1.
 
Registration: Phone, Email.       
 
Food Options: Meals, Beverages, Indoor Seating.
 
Cost: Fee.
 
Accessible To: PD.
 
Topics Covered: Environmental science, social studies, STEM, biology, conservation, geology, entomology, Native Americans, ecology, pioneers, astronomy, social and emotional skill building, team building.