Visiting the Schoolhouse


A field trip at Joliet Junior College to visit the historic Cronin Schoolhouse, the Herbert F. Trackman Planetarium, or the JJC Nature Trails will give students an educational experience to remember for years to come.

At the Cronin Schoolhouse, students will travel back in time, and find out what it was like to be a one-room schoolhouse student in Will County between 1863-1950. Students will learn about local history, but also get a general feel for life as a student in the United States more than 60 years ago.

At the Herbert F. Trackman Planetarium, students will go on an animated “trip,” and learn about different subject areas in astronomy – including lessons about the solar system, Mars, the possibility of aliens and more. Depending on what time of year the field trip is booked, students will learn something different about the universe. 

Teachers and students also have the option to hike through the JJC Nature Trails, where they will be exposed to the natural beauty of the prairie and forests. Wild animals, including squirrels, raccoons, skunks, deer and different species of birds live along many areas of these trails. The JJC Nature Trails include the paved Rock Run Trail (2.75 miles), the unpaved Forest Trail (1.3 miles), and the unpaved Prairie Trail (.5 miles).

To book a field trip

To book a field trip at JJC, contact Field Trip Assistant, Gina Foote by phone at 815-280-2525 or e-mail at fieldtripcoordinator@jjc.edu. Field trip days are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout the fall, winter, spring, and summer.

Most teachers usually book these field trips ahead of time in August. Teachers should book their field trip at least two months ahead of the desired date.

Field trips are not only limited to teachers and schools. Other organizations of 10 or more can book trips as well. Senior groups, YMCA groups, Girl Scout or Boy Scout troops, and daycare centers have been among the other groups who have booked a day at JJC. Any group or organization is welcome to book a trip.