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Home School Verification


Verified Illinois Home School groups of three or more students receive free student field trip admission.

Adults, including chaperones and teachers, are also allowed free based on a 1:5 (grades PK-3) and 1:10 (grades 4-12) adult/student ratio.

How do I verify my home school group? 
Before sending in a request for a group visit, please submit verification of Home School status. Examples of such verification include, but are not limited to, the examples below. Any legitimate verification is acceptable. Once we receive your verification, we will contact you with further instructions. 

  • Documentation verifying registration as a home school with the Illinois State Board of Education or the Regional Office of Education serving the community in which you are located.
  • Documentation verifying registration with a local, state or national home schooling organization.
  • Membership in the Home School Legal Defense organization.
Verification documents can be sent via mail or email.
By Mail: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Attn: Registration Office
2430 N. Cannon Drive
Chicago, IL 60614
By Email:

If you have any questions, please contact the Registration Office at

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