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Field Trip Basics

School sanctioned scheduled field trips are free of charge for both students and chaperones, including home school communities.

Scheduling is done on a twelve-month rolling calendar. Field Trips may be scheduled up to one year in advance. (ex. You may book a field trip May 2018 for May 2019.)

Reservations are required and are available every day excluding Monday. The park is closed the entire month of January and opens Friday-Sunday in February.

Please allow up to two weeks to schedule a field trip.

Field trips are geared for 4th-12th grades at the First Division Museum and McCormick House. Science field trips are offered to 1st – 12th grades.

Lunch will add approximately 45-minutes to your field trip time. Brown bag lunches must be eaten in our picnic area April – October. Cantigny Park does not offer indoor eating options. Lunch times MUST be requested ahead of time.

Due to museum capacities, we do not allow groups to take self-guided museum tours of either museum during school tour hours (10 am-2:30 pm). If you are unable to schedule a tour you may still visit Cantigny and enjoy the park and gardens–but will not be permitted into the museums until after the last scheduled school tour.

Arrival Procedures

Arrival is scheduled for 30 minutes before your first scheduled tour in order to disembark, use restrooms, go through orientation, and watch the 10-minute overview film in the Visitors Center which is optional.

Please be on time. Late arrivals will not be guaranteed their scheduled program. Your start time is clearly indicated in your confirmation form.

If you are running late or must cancel, call 630.260.8207. Late arrivals will not receive a complete program. Any group arriving more than 15 minutes past their scheduled arrival time cannot be guaranteed a program at all and will be accommodated only if space and time are available.

If your program is cancelled due to late arrival, your group can explore the park until your next program time. We ask your cooperation so that we may accommodate as many school groups as possible. If you must cancel, please try to cancel with at least two weeks of advanced notice.

Cantigny Park Field Trip Request Form

Thank you for your interest in bringing a group to Cantigny Park. Please fill out the information below. While most requests are processed in two business days it may take up to two weeks to complete the booking process. You can call 630-260-8162 or email fieldtrips@cantigny.org if you have any questions.