Accreditations & AFFILIATIONS

The Prairie School of DuPage is registered with the Illinois State Board of Education and the State of Illinois as a private school with 501(c)3 educational status. 

Chicago Wilderness Alliance

Prairie School of DuPage was Chicago Wilderness Alliance is a regional alliance dedicated to protecting nature and enriching life. In June 2007, the Chicago Wilderness Alliance, a consortium of 311 organizations, launched Leave No Child Inside as part of the national children and nature movement inspired by author Richard Louv in his book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder. The Chicago Wilderness Leave No Child Inside initiative is an effort to promote children's health and foster generations of kids who care about nature enough to care about it in the future. Chicago Wilderness seeks to:

  • Get More Children Outside in local nature and increase the amount and quality of time they spend there.
  • Actively Engage Adults - parents, caregivers, young adults, educators, decision-makers, and others - in providing access and opportunities for children to explore and play in nature.
  • Bring nature to children: Create safe places and programs to provide more and improved outdoor nature exploration opportunities for children.
  • Foster a regional conservation ethic and promote overall environmental welfare for the benefit of children and all the region's residents. People throughout the region are encouraged to visit local forest preserves, park districts, natural areas, nature centers, and museums to discover the incredible programs and unstructured play opportunities available for their families.

The Children and Nature Network co-founded by Richard Louv

Richard Louv is co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network and the author of eight books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder; The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with life in a Virtual Age (Algonquin). His books have been translated into 12 languages and published in 17 countries, and helped launch an international movement to connect children and their families to nature. He is the recipient of the 2008 Audubon Medal. With artist Robert Bateman, he serves as honorary co-chair of Canada’s Child in Nature Alliance.

The Children & Nature Network is leading the movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots leadership.

The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working nationally and internationally to reconnect children with nature. The Network provides a critical link between researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children's health and well-being. C&NN also promotes fundamental institutional change and provides resources for sharing information, strategic initiatives and success stories.

The C&NN news service and portal, childrenandnature.org, offers parents, youth, civic leaders, educators and health-care providers access to the latest news and research in this field as well as practical advice, including ways to apply new-found knowledge at home, at school, in work environments, and in the community. The Network also engages a diverse community of institutes, organizations and industries by providing a forum for publishing and presenting research, reports and case studies on children's health and nature, and related program-development strategies and support. 

National Wildlife Federation

In 2012, The Prairie School of DuPage students created a bird habitat on the school grounds that has been certified by the National Wildlife Federation. A certified habitat helps to ensure available resources for wildlife locally and along migratory corridors. Certification requires adequate food, water, cover, places to raise young, and sustainable practices are met.

A mother robin sits on her eggs in an apple tree on the Prairie School grounds in springtime.

A mother robin sits on her eggs in an apple tree on the Prairie School grounds in springtime.

A raccoon sleeps high up in the trees.

A raccoon sleeps high up in the trees.

Our resident great-horned owl, Athena, raises her young owls on the grounds each year.  Our students enjoy spotting her and watching as the young owls mature and leave the nest each year. In addition, students collect and dissect owl pellets to learn more about the local owl diet.

A young great horned owl peeks through the branches, high up in the trees on the grounds of Prairie School of DuPage.

A young great horned owl peeks through the branches, high up in the trees on the grounds of Prairie School of DuPage.

Athena, a great-horned owl looks down from her perch, not far from her nest, high up in the trees at Prairie School.

Athena, a great-horned owl looks down from her perch, not far from her nest, high up in the trees at Prairie School.

Nature Explore Classrooms – National Arbor Day Foundation

Prairie School of DuPage has Nature Explore Classrooms that are certified by the National Arbor Day Foundation. These classrooms are part of a national commitment to provide comprehensive programming to help children use the natural world as an integral part of learning.

The Prairie School of DuPage Non-Discriminatory Policy

The Prairie School of DuPage does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, status based on the Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA) or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, in employment or in admission or access to, or operation of its educational programs.