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Chicago Park District Visits


Campers on a Chicago Park District Field Trip

Chicago Park District groups visit the Nature Museum for free year-round. Bring your CPD group for a self-guided tour to experience hands-on interactive exhibits, regional animals in our living collection and preserved specimens from the Chicago Academy of Sciences collection.

Chicago Park District Field Trip Admission Prices

Chicago Park District groups receive free student field trip tickets. Adults, including chaperones and leaders, receive free tickets. Please consider keeping adult attendance close to a 1:5 adult:student ratio.

Two week advance registration is required for all CPD visits.

Field Trip Information

Confirmation Sheets
After you've submitted a request form, we will process your request within five business days. Once we've booked your visit, we will send you a confirmation packet via email. Your field trip is not confirmed until you've received this email. After five days, if you have not received an email please email to check on the status of your request. 

Tour Cards
In order to ensure that our visitors have the opportunity to explore the Museum fully, groups with more than thirty students will be split up into lettered groups (A, B, C, etc.). We will provide one tour card, on the day of your visit, to the leader of each lettered group listed on your Confirmation Sheet. These custom tour cards provide an outline for your trip and also include specific times and locations for lunches and workshops. Tour cards will be distributed after your group leader has checked in at the front desk. Click here for a sample tour card.

If you have requested a lunch space reserved for your group, the request will be indicated on your confirmation sheet. When you arrive at the Museum, each lettered group's lunch time and location will appear on their tour card. Please do not call ahead for lunch times.

We will collect lunches when groups arrive and bring them to the lunch room at your assigned lunch time. We ask that you bring lunches in small, recyclable brown paper bags.

Add to Your Field Trip

Choose from an assortment of enrichment options (including exhibit tours and nature programs), themed and focused field trips, and Museum educator-led field trip workshops. Then, make your field trip visit unforgettable by releasing a butterfly for its very first flight. For $10 per class, each class will be able to adopt a butterfly that has just emerged from its chrysalis and is ready to be released into the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven

CPD Enrichment Options     Field Trip Workshops
Themed Field Trips     Adopt-a-Butterfly

Anything else?
Please visit our Field Trip FAQs for answers to common questions. If you need further assistance, please email

Reserve your space today!
Please only submit one request per field trip. If you are planning multiple field trips - either on more than one day or a morning and afternoon visit - you must fill out a separate request for each. Before requesting a visit, please review the Payment & Cancellation Policies

Chicago Park District Visit Request Form

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