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Summer Camp

Adventures in Nature, Art, History, and More

Our Summer Camps are designed for summer fun and learning. Camps are led by our professional educators. Our trained staff is experienced in supervision, safety techniques, and activity development.

Research has proven that time spent in nature fosters the healthy development of children. Most of our camps are held completely outdoors, and those that aren’t have components outside. Outdoor play helps children manage stress and become resilient. Natural spaces stimulate children’s limitless imaginations and foster creativity. Camp provides children with a safe, positive environment that helps children grow.

Partial scholarships are available through an easy and confidential process in the case of financial hardship. To apply, fill out the Financial Assistance form or call us at 847-968-3321.


2016 Camp Registration Now Open

Browse the 2016 camp sessions below by age, date, location or topic. If your first choice is full, ask to be added to the waiting list. If a space opens or a section is added, you’ll be notified. Campers must be the appropriate age by the first day of camp.

Please review the Summer Camp Essential Eligibility Criteria (en español).

Register your child for summer camp between May 1–31 and receive a free summer camp hat for your camper. While supplies last!

Ages 4–5

WILDLIFE IN MOTION

This camp guides adults in a unique outdoor experience with their young ones. Each day highlights a different way animals move. Fly, crawl, hop, swim and slither together through hands-on nature activities, exploration, stories, crafts and interaction with live animals. Register »

Ages 6–7

ART IN YOUR BACKYARD

Explore the plants, trees, and flowers that are right outside our doors, and create art from natural materials. Projects include leaf print stationary, pressed flower art, pine cone animals and more. Register »


ANIMAL ATTIRE

Fur, feather, fins, scales and skin--they all help animals survive. Campers will discover how well adapted these animal's coverings are for survival in the field, forest and wetlands through hands-on exploration, games and crafts. Register »


PINT-SIZED FARMERS

Throw on overalls and step into the boots of a modern-day farmer. Discover how food makes its way from farm field to your kitchen table through hands-on exploration, activities and games. We'll look at some magnificent machinery, plant crops and even meet a farm animal or two along the way. Register »

Ages 7–9

LAKE COUNTY PIONEERS

Return to the 1830s and experience life as an early settler to Lake County. Through crafts, activities and nature exploration, learn how pioneers made the big move west, started farms, and set up houses. Register »

Ages 8–9

WONDER ABOUT WATER

Campers will learn the importance of water to our world's survival by becoming a water explorer for the week. We will wade through wetlands, finding plants and animals that call these habitats home. Register »


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Ages 9–10

HISTORY DETECTIVES

Investigate some of the biggest crimes in Lake County history. Become a detective using crime-solving techniques such as fingerprinting, blood typing and eye-witness testimony to figure out whodunit and why. Register »

Ages 9–11

FISHING CAMP

Explore the watery world fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, techniques and lures needed to catch them. Each day includes a fishing session. All equipment is supplied. Register »

Ages 9–12

EXPLORE AND RESTORE

Engage your senses and explore. Through hands-on activities, campers will discover secrets of Lake County's three major habitats– woodlands, wetlands, and prairies. See what happens when nature is out of balance. Practice restoration techniques, such as brush cutting and identifying invasive plants. Campers become stewards of the earth by making healthier habitats for the plants and animals that call Lake County home. Register »


SKULLS, SCAT AND TRACKS

Campers become detectives with keen observation skills, deciphering the clues that animals leave behind. They'll go on exploratory hikes, dissect owl pellets, shape skulls from modeling material, create edible scat (poop), watch live animals in action, and solve a mystery. Register »


SKY WATCHERS

This camp introduces the science of meteorology though interactive experiments, observations and exploration. Activities emphasize the connections between weather and our world by creating weather station tools, reading clouds and forecasting. Register »

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Ages 10–11

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Campers will bike, hike, kayak, swim, and do team building activities while exploring the forest preserve. Environmental concepts are incorporated into each day. Register »

Ages 12–14

FISHING CAMP 2

Want to practice and improve your fishing skills? Join us as we learn more about fish, bait, lures and techniques. Each day features a one-to-two hour fishing session. Register »


PRESERVE EXPLORERS

Campers are introduced to a range of opportunities in the Forest Preserves and develop life skills through daily team-building activities. They'll try paddle boarding, assess water quality, golf, meet Ranger Police, explore habitats biking the DPR trail, assist with land stewardship, practice wildlife observation, kayak and more! Register »

June 13–17

ANIMAL ATTIRE, Ages 6–7

Fur, feather, fins, scales and skin--they all help animals survive. Campers will discover how well adapted these animal's coverings are for survival in the field, forest and wetlands through hands-on exploration, games and crafts. Register »


WONDER ABOUT WATER, Ages 8–9

Campers will learn the importance of water to our world's survival by becoming a water explorer for the week. We will wade through wetlands, finding plants and animals that call these habitats home. Register »


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EXPLORE AND RESTORE, Ages 9–12

Engage your senses and explore. Through hands-on activities, campers will discover secrets of Lake County's three major habitats– woodlands, wetlands, and prairies. See what happens when nature is out of balance. Practice restoration techniques, such as brush cutting and identifying invasive plants. Campers become stewards of the earth by making healthier habitats for the plants and animals that call Lake County home. Register »

June 20–24

FISHING CAMP, Ages 9–11

Explore the watery world fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, techniques and lures needed to catch them. Each day includes a fishing session. All equipment is supplied. Register »


HISTORY DETECTIVES, Ages 9–10

Investigate some of the biggest crimes in Lake County history. Become a detective using crime-solving techniques such as fingerprinting, blood typing and eye-witness testimony to figure out whodunit and why. Register »


OUTDOOR ADVENTURES, Ages 10–11

Campers will bike, hike, kayak, swim, and do team building activities while exploring the forest preserve. Environmental concepts are incorporated into each day. Register »


PRESERVE EXPLORERS, Ages 12–14

Campers are introduced to a range of opportunities in the Forest Preserves and develop life skills through daily team-building activities. They'll try paddle boarding, assess water quality, golf, meet Ranger Police, explore habitats biking the DPR trail, assist with land stewardship, practice wildlife observation, kayak and more! Register »

June 27–July 1

WILDLIFE IN MOTION, Ages 4–5 with an adult

This camp guides adults in a unique outdoor experience with their young ones. Each day highlights a different way animals move. Fly, crawl, hop, swim and slither together through hands-on nature activities, exploration, stories, crafts and interaction with live animals. Register »


ANIMAL ATTIRE, Ages 6–7

Fur, feather, fins, scales and skin--they all help animals survive. Campers will discover how well adapted these animal's coverings are for survival in the field, forest and wetlands through hands-on exploration, games and crafts. Register »


ART IN YOUR BACKYARD, Ages 6–7

Explore the plants, trees, and flowers that are right outside our doors, and create art from natural materials. Projects include leaf print stationary, pressed flower art, pine cone animals and more. Register »


WONDER ABOUT WATER, Ages 8–9

Campers will learn the importance of water to our world's survival by becoming a water explorer for the week. We will wade through wetlands, finding plants and animals that call these habitats home. Register »


SKY WATCHERS, Ages 9–12

This camp introduces the science of meteorology though interactive experiments, observations and exploration. Activities emphasize the connections between weather and our world by creating weather station tools, reading clouds and forecasting. Register »


FISHING CAMP 2, Ages 12–14

Want to practice and improve your fishing skills? Join us as we learn more about fish, bait, lures and techniques. Each day features a one-to-two hour fishing session. Register »

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July 4–8

We understand this is a busy week for many families. Therefore, in lieu of camps, we will offer exciting programs, such as Families Exploring. 

You'll find these fun family programs listed in the 2016 summer Horizons newsletter, or on our online calendar

July 11–15

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES, Ages 10–11

Campers will bike, hike, kayak, swim, and do team building activities while exploring the forest preserve. Environmental concepts are incorporated into each day. Register »


PRESERVE EXPLORERS, Ages 12–14

Campers are introduced to a range of opportunities in the Forest Preserves and develop life skills through daily team-building activities. They'll try paddle boarding, assess water quality, golf, meet Ranger Police, explore habitats biking the DPR trail, assist with land stewardship, practice wildlife observation, kayak and more! Register »


FISHING CAMP 2, Ages 12–14

Want to practice and improve your fishing skills? Join us as we learn more about fish, bait, lures and techniques. Each day features a one-to-two hour fishing session. Register »

July 18–22

ANIMAL ATTIRE, Ages 6–7

Fur, feather, fins, scales and skin--they all help animals survive. Campers will discover how well adapted these animal's coverings are for survival in the field, forest and wetlands through hands-on exploration, games and crafts. Register »


WONDER ABOUT WATERAges 8–9

Campers will learn the importance of water to our world's survival by becoming a water explorer for the week. We will wade through wetlands, finding plants and animals that call these habitats home. Register »


SKULLS, SCAT AND TRACKS, Ages 9–12

Campers become detectives with keen observation skills, deciphering the clues that animals leave behind. They'll go on exploratory hikes, dissect owl pellets, shape skulls from modeling material, create edible scat (poop), watch live animals in action, and solve a mystery. Register »


FISHING CAMP 2Ages 12–14

Want to practice and improve your fishing skills? Join us as we learn more about fish, bait, lures and techniques. Each day features a one-to-two-hour fishing session. Register »

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July 25–29

LAKE COUNTY PIONEERS, Ages 7–9

Return to the 1830s and experience life as an early settler to Lake County. Through crafts, activities and nature exploration, learn how pioneers made the big move west, started farms, and set up houses. Register »


FISHING CAMP, Ages 9–11

Explore the watery world fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, techniques and lures needed to catch them. Each day includes a fishing session. All equipment is supplied. Register »


OUTDOOR ADVENTURES, Ages 10–11

Campers will bike, hike, kayak, swim, and do team building activities while exploring the forest preserve. Environmental concepts are incorporated into each day. Register »


PRESERVE EXPLORERS, Ages 12–14

Campers are introduced to a range of opportunities in the Forest Preserves and develop life skills through daily team-building activities. They'll try paddle boarding, assess water quality, golf, meet Ranger Police, explore habitats biking the DPR trail, assist with land stewardship, practice wildlife observation, kayak and more! Register »

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August 1–5

ANIMAL ATTIRE, Ages 6–7

Fur, feather, fins, scales and skin--they all help animals survive. Campers will discover how well adapted these animal's coverings are for survival in the field, forest and wetlands through hands-on exploration, games and crafts. Register »


WONDER ABOUT WATERAges 8–9

Campers will learn the importance of water to our world's survival by becoming a water explorer for the week. We will wade through wetlands, finding plants and animals that call these habitats home. Register »


FISHING CAMPAges 9–11

Explore the watery world fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, techniques and lures needed to catch them. Each day includes a fishing session. All equipment is supplied. Register »

August 8–12

PINT-SIZED FARMERS, Ages 6–7

Throw on overalls and step into the boots of a modern-day farmer. Discover how food makes its way from farm field to your kitchen table through hands-on exploration, activities and games. We'll look at some magnificent machinery, plant crops and even meet a farm animal or two along the way. Register »


FISHING CAMPAges 9–11

Explore the watery world fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, techniques and lures needed to catch them. Each day includes a fishing session. All equipment is supplied. Register »


OUTDOOR ADVENTURES, Ages 10–11

Campers will bike, hike, kayak, swim, and do team building activities while exploring the forest preserve. Environmental concepts are incorporated into each day. Register »


PRESERVE EXPLORERS, Ages 12–14

Campers are introduced to a range of opportunities in the Forest Preserves and develop life skills through daily team-building activities. They'll try paddle boarding, assess water quality, golf, meet Ranger Police, explore habitats biking the DPR trail, assist with land stewardship, practice wildlife observation, kayak and more! Register »

Bonner Heritage Farm, Lindenhurst

PINT-SIZED FARMERS, Ages 6–7

Throw on overalls and step into the boots of a modern-day farmer. Discover how food makes its way from the farm field to your kitchen table through hands-on exploration, activities and games. We’ll look at some magnificent machinery, plant crops and even meet a farm animal or two along the way. Register »


Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods

ANIMAL ATTIRE, Ages 6–7

Fur, feather, fins, scales and skin--they all help animals survive. Campers will discover how well adapted these animal's coverings are for survival in the field, forest and wetlands through hands-on exploration, games and crafts. Register »


LAKE COUNTY PIONEERS, Ages 7–9

Return to the 1830s and experience life as an early settler to Lake County. Through crafts, activities and nature exploration, learn how pioneers made the big move west, started farms, and set up houses. Register »


WONDER ABOUT WATERAges 8–9

Campers will learn the importance of water to our world's survival by becoming a water explorer for the week. We will wade through wetlands, finding plants and animals that call these habitats home. Register »


SKULLS, SCAT AND TRACKS, Ages 9–12

Campers become detectives with keen observation skills, deciphering the clues that animals leave behind. They'll go on exploratory hikes, dissect owl pellets, shape skulls from modeling material, create edible scat (poop), watch live animals in action, and solve a mystery. Register »

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Independence Grove, Libertyville

WILDLIFE IN MOTION

This camp guides adults in a unique outdoor experience with their young ones. Each day highlights a different way animals move. Fly, crawl, hop, swim and slither together through hands-on nature activities, exploration, stories, crafts and interaction with live animals. Register »


ANIMAL ATTIRE, Ages 6–7

Fur, feather, fins, scales and skin--they all help animals survive. Campers will discover how well adapted these animal's coverings are for survival in the field, forest and wetlands through hands-on exploration, games and crafts.
Jun 13–17  Register »   Aug 1–5  Register »


WONDER ABOUT WATER, Ages 8–9

Campers will learn the importance of water to our world's survival by becoming a water explorer for the week. We will wade through wetlands, finding plants and animals that call these habitats home.
Jun 13–17 Register »  Aug 1–5  Register »


EXPLORE AND RESTORE, Ages 9–12

Engage your senses and explore. Through hands-on activities, campers will discover secrets of Lake County's three major habitats– woodlands, wetlands, and prairies. See what happens when nature is out of balance. Practice restoration techniques, such as brush cutting and identifying invasive plants. Campers become stewards of the earth by making healthier habitats for the plants and animals that call Lake County home. Register »


SKY WATCHERS, Ages 9–12

This camp introduces the science of meteorology though interactive experiments, observations and exploration. Activities emphasize the connections between weather and our world by creating weather station tools, reading clouds and forecasting. Register »


OUTDOOR ADVENTURES, Ages 10–11

Campers will bike, hike, kayak, swim, and do team building activities while exploring the forest preserve. Environmental concepts are incorporated into each day. Register »


FISHING CAMPAges 9–11

Explore the watery world fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, techniques and lures needed to catch them. Each day includes a fishing session. All equipment is supplied. Register »


FISHING CAMP 2Ages 12–14

Want to practice and improve your fishing skills? Join us as we learn more about fish, bait, lures and techniques. Each day features a one-to-two-hour fishing session. Register »


PRESERVE EXPLORERS, Ages 12–14

Campers are introduced to a range of opportunities in the Forest Preserves and develop life skills through daily team-building activities. They'll try paddle boarding, assess water quality, golf, meet Ranger Police, explore habitats biking the DPR trail, assist with land stewardship, practice wildlife observation, kayak and more! Register »

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Lake County Discovery Museum, Wauconda

ART IN YOUR BACKYARD, Ages 6–7

Explore the plants, trees, and flowers that are right outside our doors, and create art from natural materials. Projects include leaf print stationary, pressed flower art, pine cone animals and more. Register »


HISTORY DETECTIVES, Ages 9–10

Investigate some of the biggest crimes in Lake County history. Become a detective using crime-solving techniques such as fingerprinting, blood typing and eye-witness testimony to figure out whodunit and why. Register »

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Lakewood, Wauconda

ANIMAL ATTIRE, Ages 6–7

Fur, feather, fins, scales and skin--they all help animals survive. Campers will discover how well adapted these animal's coverings are for survival in the field, forest and wetlands through hands-on exploration, games and crafts. Register »


WONDER ABOUT WATER, Ages 8–9

Campers will learn the importance of water to our world's survival by becoming a water explorer for the week. We will wade through wetlands, finding plants and animals that call these habitats home. Register »

Nippersink, Round Lake

FISHING CAMPAges 9–11

Explore the watery world fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, techniques and lures needed to catch them. Each day includes a fishing session. All equipment is supplied. Register »


FISHING CAMP 2Ages 12–14

Want to practice and improve your fishing skills? Join us as we learn more about fish, bait, lures and techniques. Each day features a one-to-two hour fishing session. Register »

Art

ART IN YOUR BACKYARD, Ages 6–7

Explore the plants, trees, and flowers that are right outside our doors, and create art from natural materials. Projects include leaf print stationary, pressed flower art, pine cone animals and more. Register »

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Farm

PINT-SIZED FARMERS, Ages 6–7

Throw on overalls and step into the boots of a modern-day farmer. Discover how food makes its way from the farm field to your kitchen table through hands-on exploration, activities and games. We’ll look at some magnificent machinery, plant crops and even meet a farm animal or two along the way. Register »

Nature

WILDLIFE IN MOTION

This camp guides adults in a unique outdoor experience with their young ones. Each day highlights a different way animals move. Fly, crawl, hop, swim and slither together through hands-on nature activities, exploration, stories, crafts and interaction with live animals. Register »


ANIMAL ATTIRE, Ages 6–7

Fur, feather, fins, scales and skin--they all help animals survive. Campers will discover how well adapted these animal's coverings are for survival in the field, forest and wetlands through hands-on exploration, games and crafts. Register »


WONDER ABOUT WATER, Ages 8–9

Campers will learn the importance of water to our world's survival by becoming a water explorer for the week. We will wade through wetlands, finding plants and animals that call these habitats home. Register »


EXPLORE AND RESTORE, Ages 9–12

Engage your senses and explore. Through hands-on activities, campers will discover secrets of Lake County's three major habitats– woodlands, wetlands, and prairies. See what happens when nature is out of balance. Practice restoration techniques, such as brush cutting and identifying invasive plants. Campers become stewards of the earth by making healthier habitats for the plants and animals that call Lake County home. Register »


SKY WATCHERS, Ages 9–12

This camp introduces the science of meteorology though interactive experiments, observations and exploration. Activities emphasize the connections between weather and our world by creating weather station tools, reading clouds and forecasting. Register »


SKULLS, SCAT AND TRACKS, Ages 9–12

Campers become detectives with keen observation skills, deciphering the clues that animals leave behind. They'll go on exploratory hikes, dissect owl pellets, shape skulls from modeling material, create edible scat (poop), watch live animals in action, and solve a mystery. Register »

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History

HISTORY DETECTIVES, Ages 9–10

Investigate some of the biggest crimes in Lake County history. Become a detective using crime-solving techniques such as fingerprinting, blood typing and eye-witness testimony to figure out whodunit and why. Register »


LAKE COUNTY PIONEERS, Ages 7–9

Return to the 1830s and experience life as an early settler to Lake County. Through crafts, activities and nature exploration, learn how pioneers made the big move west, started farms, and set up houses. Register »

Recreation

FISHING CAMP, Ages 9–11

Explore the watery world fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, techniques and lures needed to catch them. Each day includes a fishing session. All equipment is supplied. Register »


OUTDOOR ADVENTURES, Ages 10–11

Campers will bike, hike, kayak, swim, and do team building activities while exploring the forest preserve. Environmental concepts are incorporated into each day. Register »


FISHING CAMP 2, Ages 12–14

Want to practice and improve your fishing skills? Join us as we learn more about fish, bait, lures and techniques. Each day features a one- to two-hour fishing session. One day of boat fishing is part of sessions at Independence Grove. Register »


PRESERVE EXPLORERS, Ages 12–14

Campers are introduced to a range of opportunities in the Forest Preserves and develop life skills through daily team-building activities. They'll try paddle boarding, assess water quality, golf, meet Ranger Police, explore habitats biking the DPR trail, assist with land stewardship, practice wildlife observation, kayak and more! Register »

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Thank you to our Summer Camp Lead Sponsor.

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