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Camps for Kids or Teens

The Forest Preserve District has a great lineup of fun day camps for kids and teens ages 4 – 15. 

 

Camp Danada: Winter Break

 

Ages 10 – 14
$125 per DuPage resident ($150 nonresident)
Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton
Tuesday – Friday, Dec. 26 – 29, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Warm up in the barn with chores and hands-on horse time and enjoy games, crafts and supervised lead-line rides at this four-day camps. Register online or at 630-668-6012.

Camp Fullersburg: Winter Break

Ages 4 – 9
$60 per DuPage resident ($75 nonresident)
Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center in Oak Brook
Dec. 22 & 23, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Join a four-hour nature adventure with winter experiments and crafts, animal encounters, games, and more! Friday focuses on animals in winter; Saturday, on “frozen science.” Register online or at 630-850-8110.

 

Ranger Adventure Day

Ages 9 – 12
$60 per person
Mayslake
Dec. 28, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
H
ey, kids, find out what it takes to be a ranger as you try archery, go on a guided hike and enjoy other outdoor fun while learning about plants and animals. Ages 9 – 12. Register online or at 630-933-7248.

 

Spring Break at Kline Creek Farm

All Ages; free; registration not required
Kline Creek Farm
March 26, 29 & 30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Don’t sit around over spring break. Get out and enjoy the farm! Help with spring chores and then stick around for games. Ongoing activities vary during the week. Questions? Call 630-876-5900.

 

Ranger Adventure Day

Ages 9 – 12
$60 per person
Herrick Lake
March 28, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
H
ey, kids, find out what it takes to be a ranger as you try archery, go on a guided hike and enjoy other outdoor fun while learning about plants and animals. Ages 9 – 12. Register online or at 630-933-7248 

 

2018 Summer Camps

Registration for DuPage County residents opens Jan.1. General registration opens Feb. 1.


Animal Adventures

Ages 4 – 6
$120 per DuPage resident ($140 nonresident)
Fullersburg Woods • Oak Brook
Monday – Thursday • July 9 – 12 • 9:30 a.m. – Noon
See animals up close and learn what they eat, how they survive and where they live.


Bug Buddies

Ages 4 – 6
$120 per DuPage resident ($140 nonresident)
Fullersburg Woods • Oak Brook
Monday – Thursday • July 23 – 26 • 12:30 – 3 p.m.
Become a bug’s best buddy by searching for bugs on hikes, building a tiny playground and playing bug games.


Habitat Hunters

Ages 4 – 6
$120 per DuPage resident ($140 nonresident)
Fullersburg Woods • Oak Brook
Monday – Thursday • July 23 – 26 • 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Learn about plants and animals of woodlands, prairies and wetlands by exploring a new habitat each day.


Little Campers

Ages 4 – 6
$120 per DuPage resident ($140 nonresident)
Fullersburg Woods • Oak Brook
Monday – Thursday • June 25 – 28 • 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Discover the outdoors by pitching a tent, setting up camp, hunting for treasure and pretending to fish.


NEW! Little Gardeners

Ages 4 – 6
$120 per DuPage resident ($140 nonresident)
Fullersburg Woods • Oak Brook
Monday – Thursday • July 9 – 12 • 12:30 – 3 p.m.
Dig in the dirt, discover how plants grow, search for flowers and grow your own pizza garden.


Little Scientists

Ages 4 – 6
$120 per DuPage resident ($140 nonresident)
Fullersburg Woods • Oak Brook
Monday – Thursday • June 25 – 28 • 12:30 – 3 p.m.
Make slime, erupt a volcano, build a tower and have fun with experiments that inspire scientific curiosity.


NEW! Wild Craft

Ages 4 – 6
$120 per DuPage resident ($140 nonresident)
Mayslake Peabody Estate • Oak Brook
Monday – Thursday • June 18 – 21 • 9:30 a.m. – Noon
St. James Farm • Warrenville
Monday – Thursday • June 25 – 28 • 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Choose a camp location and create artwork inspired by nature using different materials and methods.


Cold-Blooded Critter Camp

Ages 6 – 8
$120 per DuPage resident ($140 nonresident)
Willowbrook Wildlife Center • Glen Ellyn
Monday – Thursday • Aug. 6 – 9 • 9 a.m. – Noon
Become a junior herpetologist as you learn about the frogs, toads, snakes and turtles that live in our area.

 

Camping Adventures

Ages 7 – 9
$120 per DuPage resident ($140 nonresident)
Fullersburg Woods • Oak Brook
Monday – Thursday • June 25 – 28 • 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Work as a team to set up and maintain a campsite and build a campfire. Try fishing, hiking and treasure hunting and then stack a delicious s’more!


Critter Camp

Ages 7 – 9
$120 per DuPage resident ($140 nonresident)
Fullersburg Woods • Oak Brook
Monday – Thursday • July 23 – 26 • 12:30 – 3 p.m.
Build a flying machine as you explore how to flap, flutter and fly like birds, bats and bugs.


Eco Explorers

Ages 7 – 9
$120 per DuPage resident ($140 nonresident)
Fullersburg Woods • Oak Brook
Monday – Thursday • July 23 – 26 • 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Investigate the outdoors like a naturalist using real tools to learn about aquatic animals, prairie flowers, woodland birds and ways you can help wildlife.


NEW! Grossology

Ages 7 – 9
$120 per DuPage resident ($140 nonresident)
Fullersburg Woods • Oak Brook
Monday – Thursday • June 25 – 28 • 12:30 – 3 p.m.
Learn why things are sticky, squishy, stinky and slimy through fun science experiments and grossly cool investigations.


Nature’s Superpowers

Ages 7 – 9
$120 per DuPage resident ($140 nonresident)
Fullersburg Woods • Oak Brook
Monday – Thursday • July 9 – 12 • 12:30 – 3 p.m.
Join forces with nature’s superpowers — earth, wind, fire and water. Simulate an earthquake, build a wind-powered car, watch a glacier glide, and learn to build a fire through engineering challenges.


Reptiles and Amphibians

Ages 7 – 9
$120 per DuPage resident ($140 nonresident)
Fullersburg Woods • Oak Brook
Monday – Thursday • July 9 – 12 • 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Learn how turtles, frogs, salamanders and snakes live as you look for and interact with these cold-blooded critters.


Farmhands

Ages 7 – 12
$150 per DuPage resident ($175 nonresident)
Kline Creek Farm • West Chicago
Monday, Thursday and Friday • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Starting June 11, 18 or 25 or July 9, 16, 23 or 30
Experience how kids lived over a century ago through 1890s games and barnyard and farmhouse chores.


Archery Camp

Ages 8 – 11
$120 per DuPage resident ($140 nonresident)
Fullersburg Woods • Oak Brook
Monday – Thursday • 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Starting June 18 or July 30
Get closer to the bullseye by learning safety techniques, practicing proper shooting and participating in friendly competitions and games.


NEW! Time Travel Detectives

Ages 8 – 11
$120 per DuPage resident ($140 nonresident)
Kline Creek Farm • West Chicago
St. James Farm • Warrenville
Mayslake Peabody Estate • Oak Brook
Danada Equestrian Center • Wheaton
Monday – Thursday • July 9 – 12 • 9 a.m. – Noon
Spend each day exploring a different historic site, meeting characters from the past, solving puzzles, cracking codes and searching for clues to unravel a mystery and save the day!


Junior Keeper Camp

Ages 9 – 13
$120 per DuPage resident ($140 nonresident)
Willowbrook Wildlife Center • Glen Ellyn
Monday – Thursday • 9 a.m. – Noon
Starting June 25 or July 23
Learn what it takes to be a wildlife keeper as you go behind the scenes to help prepare food, clean and care for different animals.


NEW! Dirty Jobs Science Camp

Ages 9 – 13
$120 per DuPage resident ($140 nonresident)
Blackwell • Warrenville
Willowbrook • Glen Ellyn
Monday – Thursday • July 16 – 19 • 9 a.m. – Noon
Meet at different preserves to become a field scientist by helping with hands-on projects that protect local species and habitats. Be ready to get dirty.


Ranger Adventure Camp

Ages 9 – 12
$250 per DuPage resident ($290 nonresident)
Mayslake Peabody Estate • Oak Brook
Herrick Lake • Wheaton
Monday – Friday • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Starting June 18 or 25 or July 9, 16, 23 or 30
Choose a camp location and try archery, boating, fishing and hiking while improving your team-building and wilderness-survival skills.


NEW! Adventures After Dark

Ages 10 – 12
$120 per DuPage resident ($140 nonresident)
Fullersburg Woods • Oak Brook
Monday – Thursday • July 30 – Aug. 2 • 6:30 – 9 p.m.
A rare opportunity to hike through the forest at twilight, share stories about the stars and search for animals that only come out at night.


Outdoor Adventures

Ages 10 – 12
$120 per DuPage resident ($140 nonresident)
Fullersburg Woods • Oak Brook
Monday – Thursday • July 9 – 12 • 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Climb to the treetops with skilled foresters, learn to shoot a bow and arrow, fish Salt Creek and try geocaching with GPS.


Trailblazing Adventures

Ages 10 – 12
$120 per DuPage resident ($140 nonresident)
Fullersburg Woods • Oak Brook
Monday – Thursday • June 25 – 28 • 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Learn how to use a map, compass and GPS unit and go on orienteering, geocaching and letterboxing treasure hunts.


Kayaking Camp

Ages 10 – 15
$120 per DuPage resident ($140 nonresident)
Herrick Lake • Wheaton
West Branch DuPage River • Wheaton
Monday – Thursday • 9 a.m. – Noon
Starting June 18 or July 30
Meet at different forest preserves to learn about safety, gear, paddling strokes, navigation and handling a kayak on lakes and rivers.


Horse Sense

Ages 10 – 14
$250 per DuPage resident ($290 nonresident)
Danada Equestrian Center • Wheaton
Monday – Friday • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Starting June 4 or 18, July 9 or 23, or Aug. 6
Enjoy hands-on experiences with horses and the daily activities of a working barn as well as lead-line rides, stable chores, games, crafts and Friday Family Day.


Riding Sense

Ages 12 – 14
$400 per DuPage resident ($460 nonresident)
Danada Equestrian Center • Wheaton
Monday – Friday • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Starting June 11 or 25, July 16 or 30, or Aug. 13
Enjoy all the fun of Horse Sense with the wonders and challenges of a daily riding lesson with a Danada instructor.

 

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has a great lineup of day camps for kids and teens ages 4 –15. Click below to register for camps, and get your kids out to the DuPage forest preserves!

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