The “wilderness classroom” at Loyola University's Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC) is the ideal setting for scout groups, school groups, and youth groups to connect with one another and the world around them. Campus highlights include an outdoor challenge course, farm, demonstration kitchen, in-house meeting rooms, and dorm-style lodging.
LUREC is located in Woodstock, IL, in the far northwest suburbs of Chicago, about 17 miles south of the Wisconsin border, and 40 miles east of Rockford.
A wilderness classroom
LUREC is situated on 98 acres of wetlands, prairie, and woods to explore. Youth groups can learn about sustainability and ecological balance, offering students the chance to deepen their relationship with the natural world around them.
Our customizable challenge course is perfect for developing kids’ problem-solving and teamwork skills. This fun and exciting course includes high ropes, low ropes, a climbing tower, and a zip line. Basketball and tennis courts are also available for use on campus.
Farm to table
Tours of LUREC’s on-site gardens and farm are led by experienced farmers, teaching the basics of planting, proper gardening techniques, and the importance of a sustainable food supply. Culinary classes are available for groups of 6–16. Students will have the ability to work as a team or compete while learning important cooking fundamentals from our professional staff using food from our gardens.
Meeting spaces for small and large group settings are available. Overnight retreat packages include accommodations in our dorm-style guest rooms and three freshly prepared meals in our dining room.