Play in Nature at Fun Summer Camps for Kids and Teens

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Play in Nature at Fun Summer Camps for Kids and Teens

Camps provide great outdoor opportunities to connect to nature

(Jan. 2, 2020) — Registration is now open for DuPage County residents for a great lineup of fun outdoor forest preserve day camps for kids and teens at dupageforest.org/camps. Registration for nonresidents begins Feb. 1.

“Our summer camps mirror the Forest Preserve District’s vision to provide opportunities for DuPage County residents and visitors ways to make meaningful connections with nature, each other and their community,” said Anamari Dorgan, Forest Preserve District director of Community Services and Education. “Research shows that the earlier a child makes a close connection with nature, the more likely they are to become stewards of the land and support efforts to preserve and protect natural areas.”

The Forest Preserve District offers supervised lunch breaks and playtime before and after camps. Programs with a B offer playtime before camps 8 – 9 a.m. for $45; those with an L offer supervised lunch breaks 12 – 12:30 p.m. for $15; and programs with an A offer playtime after camps 3 – 5:30 p.m. for $90.

Unless noted, camps are Monday – Friday and cost $150 for DuPage residents and $175 for nonresidents. Questions? Call 630-933-7247.


Entering Kindergarten

Animal Adventures (STEM camp)
Explore animals up close and learn what they eat, how they survive and where they live.
July 6 – 10, 9 a.m. – noon (B, L)
July 27 – 31, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. (L, A)
Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook

Little Campers
Discover the outdoors by pitching a tent, setting up camp, hunting for treasure and pretending to fish.
June 15 – 19, 9 a.m. – noon (B, L)
July 6 – 10, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. (L, A)
Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook

Little Scientists (STEM camp)
Make slime, erupt a volcano, build a tower and have fun with experiments that inspire scientific curiosity.
June 15 – 19, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. (L, A)
July 27 – 31, 9 a.m. – noon, (B, L)
Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook

NEW Nature Play
Imagine creatively, explore boldly and learn naturally through guided nature play.
June 8 – 12, 9 a.m. – noon (B, L)
Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook


Entering Grades 1 & 2

NEW Farm Kids
On Monday, Thursday and Friday, take care of the animals, create 1890s crafts, and make pie and ice cream for a snack at Kline Creek Farm. On Tuesday and Wednesday, play in the woods and learn about nature at St. James Farm.
June 22 – 26 or July 20 – 24, 9 a.m. – noon (B, L)
Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago and St. James Farm, Warrenville

Green Thumbs (STEM camp)
Dig in the dirt, discover how plants grow, search for flowers and grow your own garden.
June 15 – 19, 9 a.m. – noon (B, L)
Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook

Grossology (STEM camp)
Learn why things are sticky, squishy, stinky and slimy through fun science experiments and grossly cool investigations.
June 15 – 19, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. (L, A)
July 27 – 31, 9 a.m. – noon (B, L)
Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook

Habitat Hunters (STEM camp)
Learn about the plants and animals of woodlands, prairies and wetlands by exploring a new habitat each day.
July 6 – 10, 9 a.m. – noon (B, L)
Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook

Insect Investigators (STEM camp)
Search for insects, study what makes them special, discover where they live and create a tiny bug playground.
July 6 – 10, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. (L, A)
Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook

Nature Art
Paint, sculpt, draw and create using colors, textures, patterns and sounds in nature.
July 27 – 31, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. (L, A)
Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook

NEW Nature Exploration
Explore and play outdoors through guided activities that inspire creativity, adventure and a love of nature.
Aug. 3 – 7, 9 a.m. – noon (B, L)
Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook


Entering Grades 3 & 4

Camp Rocks! (STEM camp)
Learn how rocks, minerals, and fossils are formed; find meteorites; and collect fossils to add to your collection.
June 15 – 19, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. (L, A)
Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook

Camping Adventures
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!
July 6 – 10, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. (L, A)
July 27 – 31, 9 a.m. – noon (B, L)
Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook

Critter Camp (STEM camp)
Hunt for tracks and clues, encounter live animals, and dig deeper into the lives of critters that call Fullersburg Woods home.
June 15 – 19, 9 a.m. – noon (B, L)
Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook

Eco Explorers (STEM camp)
Investigate the outdoors like a naturalist using scientific equipment to learn about aquatic animals, prairie flowers, woodland birds and ways you can help wildlife.
July 27 – 31, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. (L, A)
Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook

Farmhands
Experience how kids lived in the 1890s with games and barnyard and farmhouse chores. Feed the animals, cook your noon meal on a wood-burning stove, and learn old-fashioned string games.
Monday, Thursday & Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (B, A)
Starting June 15, July 6 or July 27
Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago

Jr. Ranger Camp
$250 DuPage resident; $290 nonresident
Learn conservation and stewardship through nature play, crafts and outdoor games.
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (B, A)
July 6 – 10, Herrick Lake, Wheaton
July 13 – 17, Mayslake, Oak Brook

Nature’s Superpowers (STEM camp)
Join forces with nature’s superpowers: earth, wind, fire and water. Simulate an earthquake, build a wind-powered vehicle, learn how to build a fire and watch a glacier glide.
July 6 – 10, 9 a.m. – noon (B, L)
Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook


Entering Grades 5 & 6

Archery Camp
Get closer to the bull’s-eye by learning safety techniques, practicing proper shooting, and participating in friendly competitions and games.
July 13 – 17, 9 a.m. – noon (B, L)
Blackwell, Warrenville

Horse Sense
$250 DuPage resident; $290 nonresident
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.
Starting June 1 or 15, July 6 or 20, or Aug. 3
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (B, A)
Danada Equestrian Center, Wheaton

Jr. Keeper Camp (STEM camp)
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.
June 22 – 26, July 27 – 31 or Aug. 3 – 7
9 a.m. – noon (B, L)
Willowbrook Wildlife Center, Glen Ellyn

Kayaking Camp
Learn about safety, gear, paddling strokes, and navigation and how to handle a kayak on lakes and rivers.
July 6 – 10, 9 a.m. – noon (B, L)
Hidden Lake, Downers Grove

Ranger Adventure Camp
$250 DuPage resident; $290 nonresident
Try archery, boating, fishing and hiking while improving your team-building and wilderness-survival skills.
June 15 – 19 or July 20 – 24, Herrick Lake, Wheaton
June 22 – 26 or July 27 – 31, Mayslake, Oak Brook
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (B, A)


Entering Grades 7 & 8

Dirty Jobs (STEM camp)
Become a field scientist by helping with hands-on projects that protect local species and habitats. Be ready to get dirty.
July 13 – 17, 9 a.m. – noon (B, L)
Blackwell, Warrenville

Jr. Keeper Camp (STEM camp)
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.
July 20 – 24, 9 a.m. – noon (B, L)
Willowbrook Wildlife Center, Glen Ellyn

NEW Ranger Explorer Camp
$175 DuPage resident; $200 nonresident
Learn how to navigate an orienteering course, build a shelter and a fire, and develop your outdoor survival skills. Then, wrap up the week with an overnight campout (equipment provided).
Aug. 3 – 8, Blackwell, Warrenville
Aug. 10 – 15, Waterfall Glen, Darien
Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon (B, L)
Friday 6 p.m. – Saturday 8 a.m.

Riding Sense
$400 DuPage resident; $460 nonresident
Enjoy all the fun of Horse Sense camp with the wonders and challenges of a daily riding lesson using western tack led by a Danada instructor.
Starting June 8 or 22, July 13 or 27, or Aug. 10
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (B, A)
Danada Equestrian Center, Wheaton

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60+ forest preserves, 166 miles of trails, six education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, blogFacebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
 
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