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2021 Summer Camps

Registration is now open for our 2021 summer camps for kids and teens. Kids can connect to nature with our 20-plus summer day camps for kids entering first 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!

To stay safe, each camper must wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth. All camps will emphasize social distancing and be limited to 10 campers unless otherwise noted.

Supervised lunch breaks and supervised play before and after camp are not available this year, but look for them in 2022!

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Entering Grades 1 & 2

Farm Kids

Farm Kids
$90 DuPage resident; $105 nonresident

Experience how kids lived in the 1890s with games, crafts and chores. Care for the animals, play in the woods and learn old fashioned string games. Maximum 12 campers per camp. Register also for Prairie Kids to make it a full week of camp.

Monday, Thursday & Friday • 9 a.m. – Noon
Starting June 14, 21 or 28; July 12, 19 or 26; Aug. 2
Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago 

 

 

 

FULL Green Thumbs

Green Thumbs looking-glass

Dig in the dirt, discover how plants grow, search for flowers and grow your own garden.

June 7 – 11 or July 26 – 30  • 9 a.m. – Noon
Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook

FULL Grossology

Grossology looking-glass

Learn why things are sticky, squishy, stinky and slimy through fun science experiments and grossly cool investigations.

June 14 – 18 or Aug. 16 – 20 • 9 a.m. – Noon
Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook

July 12 – 16 • 9 a.m. – Noon
Churchill Woods, Glen Ellyn

FULL Habitat Hunters

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Learn about plants and animals of woodlands, prairies and wetlands by exploring a new habitat each day.

FULL June 21 – 25 • 9 a.m. – Noon
Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook

CANCELED Aug. 2 – 6 • 9 a.m. – Noon
Pratt’s Wayne Woods, Wayne

FULL Insect Investigators 

Insect Investigators  looking-glass

Search for insects, study what makes them special, discover where they live and solve an insect mystery.

June 28 – July 2 • 9 a.m. – Noon
Waterfall Glen, Darien

Aug. 9 – 13 • 9 a.m. – Noon
Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook

 

FULL Nature Art

Nature Art

Paint, sculpt, draw and create using colors, textures, patterns and sounds in nature.

July 19 – 23 • 9 a.m. – Noon
Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook

Prairie Kids

Prairie Kids
$60 DuPage resident; $70 nonresident

Learn how kids lived and worked on the early Illinois prairie through chores, games, and crafts. Register also for Farm Kids to make it a full week of camp.

Tuesday & Wednesday • 9 a.m. – Noon
June 15 & 16June 22 & 23June 29 & 30July 13 & 14July 20 & 21July 27 & 28Aug. 3 & 4
St. James Farm, Warrenville


Entering Grades 3 & 4

FULL Camp Rocks!

Camp Rocks! looking-glass  

Learn how rocks, minerals, and fossils are formed; find meteorites; and collect samples to add to your collection.

June 14 – 18 or July 26 – 30 • 9 a.m. – Noon
Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook

 

FULL Camping Adventures

Camping Adventures

Work as a team to set up and maintain a campsite and build a campfire, and try your hand at fishing, hiking and treasure hunting!

June 28 – July 2 • 9 a.m. – Noon
Waterfall Glen, Darien

FULL Critter Camp

Critter Camp  looking-glass

Hunt for tracks and clues, encounter live animals, and dig deeper into the lives of critters that call the preserve home.

June 7 – 11  or Aug. 9 – 13 • 9 a.m. – Noon
Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook

FULL Eco Explorers

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Investigate the outdoors like a naturalist using real tools to learn about aquatic animals, prairie flowers, woodland birds and ways you can help wildlife.

July 12 – 16 • 9 a.m. – Noon
Churchill Woods, Glen Ellyn

Aug. 2 – 6 • 9 a.m. – Noon
Pratt’s Wayne Woods, Wayne

 

Farmhands

Farmhands
$90 DuPage resident; $105 nonresident

Experience how kids lived in the 1890s with games, crafts and chores. Make new friends while caring for the animals, playing in the woods and learning old fashioned string games. Maximum 12 campers per session. Register also for Prairie Kids to make it a full week of camp.

Monday, Thursday & Friday • 1  – 4 p.m.
Starting June 14, 21 or 28; July 12, 19 or 26Aug. 2
Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago

Junior Ranger Camp

Junior Ranger Camp

Learn about conservation and stewardship through nature play, crafts and outdoor games.

June 28 – July 2 • 9 a.m. – Noon or 1 - 4 p.m.
Herrick Lake, Wheaton

July 12 - 16 • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 - 4 p.m.
Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook

FULL Nature’s Superpowers

Nature’s Superpowers  looking-glass

Join forces with nature’s superpowers — earth, wind, fire, gravity and water. Simulate an earthquake, build a wind-powered vehicle, learn how to build a fire, and watch gravity in action with an egg drop experiment.

June 21 – 25July 19 – 23Aug. 16 – 20 
9 a.m. – Noon
Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook

Prairie Kids

Prairie Kids
$60 DuPage resident; $70 nonresident

Learn how kids lived and worked on the early Illinois prairie through chores, games, and crafts. Register also for Farmhands to make a full week of camp.

Tuesdays & Wednesdays • 1 – 4 p.m.
June 15 & 16June 22 & 23June 29 & 30July 13 & 14 July 20 & 21July 27 & 28Aug 3 & 4
St. James Farm, Warrenville




Entering Grades 5 & 6

FULL Archery Camp

Archery Camp

Get closer to the bullseye by learning safety techniques, practicing proper shooting and participating in friendly competitions and games.

July 12 – 16 • 9 a.m. – Noon 
Blackwell, Warrenville

FULL Horse Sense

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$250 DuPage resident; $290 nonresident

Explore animals up close and learn what they eat, how they survive and where they live. Enjoy hands-on experiences with horses and the daily activities of a working barn as well as lead-line rides on the horses, stable chores, games, crafts and Friday Family Day. Maximum 6 kids per camp.

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
May 31 – June 4June 14 – 18June 28 – July 2July 19 – 23Aug. 2 – 6
Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton

FULL Junior Keeper Camp

Junior Keeper Camp looking-glass

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 19 – 23Aug. 2 – 6Aug. 9 – 13
9 a.m. – Noon
Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn



FULL Kayaking Camp

Kayaking Camp

Learn about safety, gear, paddling strokes, and navigation and how to handle a kayak on lakes and rivers.

June 28 – July 2 • 9 a.m. – Noon
Hidden Lake, Downers Grove



FULL Ranger Adventure Camp

Ranger Adventure Camp

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

June 14 – 18 • 9 a.m. – Noon or 1 – 4 p.m.
July 19 – 23 • 9 a.m. – Noon or 1 – 4 p.m.
Herrick Lake, Wheaton

June 21 – 25 • 9 a.m. – Noon or 1 - 4 p.m.
July 26 - 30 • 9 a.m. – Noon or 1 - 4 p.m.
Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook


Entering Grades 7 & 8

FULL Junior Keeper Camp

Junior Keeper Camp looking-glass

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 28 – July 2July 12 – 16July 26 - 30
9 a.m. – Noon
Willowbrook Wildlife Center,  Glen Ellyn

FULL Riding Sense

Riding Sense  looking-glass
$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. Maximum 6 kids per camp.

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
June 7 - 11June 21 - 24July 12 - 16July 26 - 30Aug. 9 - 13
Danada Equestrian Center, 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.