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2020 Summer Camps

We have 28 different camps for kids entering kindergarten through eighth grades, many focusing on science, technology, engineering and math. With plenty of time for team building, exploration and play, kids might not realize they're firing up new neurons as they're making new friends!

 

Dates to Remember

Jan. 1             Early-bird registration opens for DuPage residents
Feb. 1             Registration opens for everyone else

 

Other Info

Unless noted, camps are five days Monday – Friday and are $150 for DuPage residents and $175 for nonresidents.

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Supervised lunch breaks and supervised play before and after camp are available for an extra fee.

B   Before Camp
8 – 9 a.m.  $45
L    Lunch Break Noon – 12:30 p.m. $15
A   After Camp End of Camp – 5:30 p.m.  $90

Questions? Call 630-933-7247. 

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Entering Kindergarten

Animal Adventures

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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 in Oak Brook

Little Campers

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 in Oak Brook

Little Scientists

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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 in Oak Brook

NEW! Nature Play

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 in Oak Brook


Entering Grades 1 & 2

NEW! Farm Kids

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 in West Chicago and
St. James Farm in Warrenville

Green Thumbs

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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 in Oak Brook

FULL Grossology

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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 in Oak Brook

Habitat Hunters

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Learn about 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 in Oak Brook

Insect Investigators

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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 in Oak Brook

FULL Nature Art

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 in Oak Brook

NEW! Nature Exploration

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 in Oak Brook


Entering Grades 3 & 4

FULL Camp Rocks!

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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 in Oak Brook

Camping Adventures

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 in Oak Brook

Critter Camp

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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 in Oak Brook

Eco Explorers

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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 in Oak Brook

Farmhands

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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 in West Chicago

Jr. Ranger Camp

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 – 10Herrick Lake in Wheaton
July 13 – 17Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook

 

FULL Nature's Superpowers

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Join forces with nature’s superpowers — earth, wind, fire and water. Simulate an earthquake, build a wind-powered car, learn how to build a fire and watch a glacier glide.

July 6 – 10 • 9 a.m. – Noon • B, L

Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook


Entering Grades 5 & 6

Archery Camp

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 in Warrenville

Horse Sense

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.

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. • B, A
June 1 – 5, June 15 – 19, July 6 – 10, July 20 – 24 or Aug. 3 – 7

Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton

Jr. Keeper Camp

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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.

9 a.m. – Noon • B, L
June 22 – 26, July 27 – 31 or Aug. 3 – 7

Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn

Kayaking Camp

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 in Downers Grove

Ranger Adventure Camp

Ranger Adventure Camp
$250 DuPage resident; $290 nonresident

Try archery, boating, fishing and hiking while improving your team-building and wilderness-survival skills.

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. • B, A
June 15 – 19 or July 20 – 24Herrick Lake in Wheaton
June 22 – 26 or July 27 – 31Mayslake Peabody Estate in
Oak Brook


Entering Grades 7 & 8

Dirty Jobs

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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 in Warrenville

Jr. Keeper Camp

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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 in Glen Ellyn

NEW! Ranger Explorer Camp

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).

Monday – Thursday • 9 a.m. – Noon • B, L
Friday 6 p.m. – Saturday 8 a.m.

Aug. 3 – 8Blackwell in Warrenville
Aug. 10 – 15Waterfall Glen in Darien

Riding Sense

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.

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. • B, A
June 8 –12, June 22 – 26, July 13 – 17, July 27 – 31 or Aug. 10 – 14

Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has a great lineup of day camps for kids and teens. Registration for our summer camps opens January 1 for DuPage residents and February 1 for nonresidents.