401 S IL Route 59, Bartlett, IL 60103


About Sunrise Lake Outdoor Education Center

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about NSSEO's Outdoor Education Center, Sunrise Lake. NSSEO's Member Districts include districts: 21, 23, 25, 26, 57, 59, 211, & 214. Please take a few moments to watch the following videos and get a better understanding of Sunrise Lake and how we can partner with you for the benefit of your students.


Bryan Bolger | bbolger@nsseo.org

Administrative Assistant

Ro Osburn | rosburn@nsseo.org

There are a lot of logistics that go into planning your visit. Please go through the videos below to be guided through the process of planning your trip, travel, etc.

Sunrise has many activities to offer you class. We would love to partner with you to extend your classroom learning.

  • NSSEO classrooms have visits scheduled through their NSSEO schools. If you want additional days please fill out a Request For Use (RFU). If you teach at a Member District school (Dist. 21, 23, 25, 26, 57, 59, 211, & 214) or another school your do not have pre-arranged visits. Please fill out the Request For Use (RFU) if you are interested in a visit.

  • Questions about Common Core Learning Standards, both SEL and Academic learning standards are supported  by a wide variety of activities at Sunrise. Please share your learning goals with our teaching staff when your Daily Schedule is being created and they can help you make alignments. 

  • We also have a Teams Initiative Course (TIC) that offers team building initiatives for your class. We offer trainings once a year in the fall. Once trained, you can independently facilitate groups on our teams course, making it easier to reserve a date at Sunrise. If you are already a facilitator that has attended our training click here for resources.

What to Wear/Bring?

When you come out to Sunrise, please make sure to remind your students and staff to dress according to the activities you have chosen. If you've signed up for outdoor activities, we encourage groups to do those activities until the weather "chases you in."

Here are some general suggestions for what to wear to Sunrise:

  • Encourage students and staff to wear gym shoes or other movement and outdoor-friendly type shoes.
  • If it's going to rain, we encourage students and staff to bring their own rain jacket; however, Sunrise also has rain ponchos available upon request.
  • If cold outside, encourage students to wear jacket, hat, gloves, scarf, boots, etc.
  • Important to Note: Sunrise does not have sunscreen or bug spray for student use. If your district allows, we encourage schools or student to bring their own sun screen and bug spray and/or have your students wear it to school.

Here are some general suggestions for what to bring to Sunrise:

  • Sunrise does not have a food service available. We do have refrigerators, a freezer, 2 stoves/ovens, and 6 outdoor and 3 indoor fire pits that are available for cooking your lunch. You are expected to bring the food supplies needed for lunch, but you are welcome to use our pots and pans, tongs, skewers, etc. Please let us know in advance so we can start your fire and/or coordinate appropriate lunch spaces.
  • If you do not plan on cooking lunch, please make sure students bring sack lunches to Sunrise.
  • Important to Note: We encourage students and staff to leave valuable items at home. Items may be accidentally lost or broken on a hike, while playing games, boating, etc. Personal technology should be discouraged so that students can be fully present.

Sunrise has a handful of special events throughout the year that are available for NSSEO and Member District (Dist. 21, 23, 25, 26, 57, 59, 211, & 214) students and staff and their families!

NSSEO hosts two annual events at Sunrise: Harvest Festival and Winter Wonderland. We welcome NSSEO and member district students and staff families to participate in these family friendly activities. Please consider spending the day at Sunrise with us!

Sunrise also provides unique opportunities for schools who would like to schedule trips outside of regular school hours such as overnights or weekend trips. Sunrise also hosts administrative retreats, Scouts of America, corporate volunteer days, and many other programs. We are always willing to get creative and provide unique experiences for participants based on learning objectives.

If you are interested in scheduling a program, please complete a Request for Use (RFU) form. Once we receive your request, Sunrise will work with you to find a date that works best with your program and Sunrise staff availability. Once your event is on the calendar, SLOEC teaching staff will reach out to you to start creating a schedule for your event. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Please see additional information about the different types of events below:

Sunrise has a Teams Initiative Course and also facilitates many cooperative games. Sunrise offers 3 trainings throughout the year to enable staff to bring out groups and lead initiatives independently. Days 1 and 2 are stand along days but day 3 has additional requirements, one of which is attending both day 1 and 2. The training dates are generally held in the fall. Once you have attending the training you can independently facilitate your group on the initiatives you have been taught.

TIC Day 1

TIC Day 1 Training

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TIC Day 2

TIC Day 2 Training

Coming Soon!

TIC Day 3

TIC Day 3 Training

Coming Soon!

If you are interested please contact Ro (rosburn@nsseo.org) for more information.

Upcoming Events

No ESY - Juneteenth

Jun 19, 2024

All Day Event

ESY/Summer School Ends

Jun 28, 2024

All Day Event

Independence Day

Jul 4, 2024

All Day Event

Where is Sunrise?

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