The Kendall County Outdoor Education Center (KCOEC) is physically located on the site of the Hoover Forest Preserve at 11285 Fox Road, two miles west of Yorkville, Illinois.  The Regional Office of Education acts as the administrative agent for the center.

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Because of this unique setting, the KCOEC has access to areas of prairie, hardwood forests, several streams, and the Fox River. The facility also has several outdoor teaching stations, a small indoor classroom, a new team challenge course, and a living history area.

The mission of the KCOEC is to provide students the opportunity for experiential learning in an outdoor setting.  A common thread woven into all outdoor education activities is a strong stewardship responsibility, conservation ethic, and environmental harmony.While enhancing the standard school curriculum, the KCOEC offers the opportunity for student decision-making, self-confidence development, team building, risk taking, leadership development, and personal adventure.

Historically, the KCOEC is funded through a cooperative that includes the school districts of Yorkville, Plano, and Sandwich, Illinois. The Center provides services for the students within this cooperative. Groups outside the cooperative are also served on a space available basis.
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The Center provides one-day, outdoor education experiences for over 8,000 people each year. The participants range in grade from pre-kindergarten through high school and adults. Each program day is developed with the classroom teacher and is designed to enrich the classroom curriculum.

Activities at the KCOEC include: nature studies, living history, orienteering, team building, and more. See the Scope and Sequence for more information.

The KCOEC has been providing quality outdoor learning experiences for the students of the Yorkville, Plano, and Sandwich school districts for the last 40 years. We look forward to continuing the adventure into the future.

Deanna Bazan
Asst. Director:
Mark Rothman
Phone: 630-553-7108

Physical Address:
11285 Fox Road, Yorkville, IL 60560

Mailing Address:
Regional Office of Education, 109 West Ridge St., Yorkville, IL 60560