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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.


2018 Camp Registration Now Open

Our wide variety of topics allows your camper to attend camps from ages four through 14 without repeating a topic. If attending more than one week of camp during the summer season, please register your camper in one camp session per topic only.

Browse the 2018 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.

Early bird discounts apply through February 15, 2018.

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.

Please review the Summer Camp Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Ages 4–5, with an adult

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, games, crafts, and interaction with live animals. 

June 25–29  Register »  July 30–August 3  Register » 

Ages 6–7

ANIMAL ATTIRE

Fur, feathers, fins, scales, and skin—they all help animals survive. Campers will discover how well-adapted these animal coverings are for survival in the field, forest, and wetland through hands-on exploration, games, and crafts. 

June 11–15  Register »  June 25–29  Register »  July 16–20  Register »  July 30–August 3  Register »


ART IN YOUR BACKYARD

Explore the plants, trees, and flowers that are right outside our doors, and create art from natural materials. Grow your art skills with projects like observational drawing, fabric dyeing, creating story stones, making paper and more. 

July 30–August 3  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 will plant, harvest, and taste homegrown food from Bonner's organic garden. 

June 25–29  Register »

Ages 7–9

NATIVE PEOPLES

Dig into the past and discover what daily life was like for the first inhabitants in Lake County. Throughout the week campers will play games, create crafts, write their own lore, and learn about the everyday lives of local Native peoples.

June 19–21  Register »

Ages 8–9

WETLAND EXPLORERS

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

June 11–15  Register »  June 25–29  Register »  July 16–20  Register »  July 30–August 3  Register »

Ages 9–11

FISHING CAMP 

Explore the 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. 

June 11–15  Register »  June 25–29  Register »  July 23–27  Register »  July 30–August 3  Register »  August 6–10  Register »


MAKE A MUSEUM

Ever wonder how a museum works? This camp explores what it takes to build and operate a museum. Campers will have the opportunity to interact with museum professionals, and learn about collections and how to design an exhibit. Campers will create their own temporary exhibit, which will open on the last day of camp. 

July 23–27  Register »  

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Ages 9–12

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 sculpting material, identify animals by their scat, and solve mysteries using tracking skills. 

July 30–August 3  Register »

Ages 10–11

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Campers will bike, hike, kayak, swim, and do team-building activities while learning about the amazing habitats of Lake County.

June 18–22  Register »  July 9–13  Register »  July 23–27  Register » August 6–10  Register »

Ages 12–14

FISHING CAMP 2

Want to improve your fishing skills? Join us as we learn about fish, bait, lures, and techniques. Each day features a 1.5-hour fishing session. One day of boat fishing is included. 

June 18–22  Register »  July 9–13  Register »  July 16–20  Register »


PRESERVE EXPLORERS

Campers are introduced to a range of opportunities to develop life skills through exploration and team-building activities. We’ll paddle waterways, observe wildlife, learn about native plants and land stewardship, and bike and hike to further investigate our surroundings. Includes a bus trip to other forest preserves for additional activities. 

June 18–22  Register »  July 9–13  Register »  July 23–27  Register » August 6–10  Register »

June 11–15

ANIMAL ATTIRE, Ages 6–7

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


FISHING CAMP, Ages 9–11

Explore the 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 »


WETLAND EXPLORERS, Ages 8–9

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

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June 18–22

FISHING CAMP 2, Ages 12–14

Want to improve your fishing skills? Join us as we learn about fish, bait, lures, and techniques. Each day features a 1.5-hour fishing session. One day of boat fishing is included. Register »


NATIVE PEOPLES, Ages 7–9

Dig into the past and discover what daily life was like for the first inhabitants in Lake County. Throughout the week campers will play games, create crafts, write their own lore, and learn about the everyday lives of local Native peoples. Register »


OUTDOOR ADVENTURES, Ages 10–11

Campers will bike, hike, kayak, swim, and do team-building activities while learning about the amazing habitats of Lake County. Register »


PRESERVE EXPLORERS, Ages 12–14

Campers are introduced to a range of opportunities to develop life skills through exploration and team-building activities. We’ll paddle waterways, observe wildlife, learn about native plants and land stewardship, and bike and hike to further investigate our surroundings. Includes a bus trip to other forest preserves for additional activities. Register »

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June 25–29

ANIMAL ATTIRE, Ages 6–7

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


FISHING CAMP, Ages 9–11

Explore the 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 »


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 will plant, harvest, and taste homegrown food from Bonner's organic garden. Register »


WETLAND EXPLORERS, Ages 8–9

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

July 2–6

We understand this is a busy week for many families. In lieu of camps, we will offer family drop-in programs.

You'll find these fun programs listed in the 2018 summer Horizons magazine, or on our online calendar in May. 

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July 9–13

FISHING CAMP 2, Ages 12–14

Want to improve your fishing skills? Join us as we learn about fish, bait, lures, and techniques. Each day features a 1.5-hour fishing session. One day of boat fishing is included. Register »


OUTDOOR ADVENTURES, Ages 10–11

Campers will bike, hike, kayak, swim, and do team-building activities while learning about the amazing habitats of Lake County. Register »


PRESERVE EXPLORERS, Ages 12–14

Campers are introduced to a range of opportunities to develop life skills through exploration and team-building activities. We’ll paddle waterways, observe wildlife, learn about native plants and land stewardship, and bike and hike to further investigate our surroundings. Includes a bus trip to other forest preserves for additional activities. Register »

July 16–20

ANIMAL ATTIRE, Ages 6–7

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


WETLAND EXPLORERSAges 8–9

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


FISHING CAMP 2Ages 12–14

Want to improve your fishing skills? Join us as we learn about fish, bait, lures, and techniques. Each day features a 1.5-hour fishing session. One day of boat fishing is included. Register »

July 23–27

FISHING CAMP, Ages 9–11

Explore the 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 learning about the amazing habitats of Lake County. Register »


MAKE A MUSEUM, Ages 9–11

Ever wonder how a museum works? This camp explores what it takes to build and operate a museum. Campers will have the opportunity to interact with museum professionals, and learn about collections and how to design an exhibit. Campers will create their own temporary exhibit, which will open on the last day of camp. Register »


PRESERVE EXPLORERS, Ages 12–14

Campers are introduced to a range of opportunities to develop life skills through exploration and team-building activities. We’ll paddle waterways, observe wildlife, learn about native plants and land stewardship, and bike and hike to further investigate our surroundings. Includes a bus trip to other forest preserves for additional activities. Register »

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July 30–August 3

ANIMAL ATTIRE, Ages 6–7

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


ART IN YOUR BACKYARDAges 6–7

Explore the plants, trees, and flowers that are right outside our doors, and create art from natural materials. Grow your art skills with projects like observational drawing, fabric dyeing, creating story stones, making paper and more. Register »


FISHING CAMPAges 9–11

Explore the 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 »


SCULLS, SCAT, AND TRACKSAges 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 sculpting material, identify animals by their scat, and solve mysteries using tracking skills. Register »


WETLAND EXPLORERSAges 8–9

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


WILDLIFE IN MOTIONAges 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, games, crafts, and interaction with live animals. Register »

August 6–10

FISHING CAMPAges 9–11

Explore the 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 learning about the amazing habitats of Lake County. Register »


PRESERVE EXPLORERS, Ages 12–14

Campers are introduced to a range of opportunities to develop life skills through exploration and team-building activities. We’ll paddle waterways, observe wildlife, learn about native plants and land stewardship, and bike and hike to further investigate our surroundings. Includes a bus trip to other forest preserves for additional activities. Register »

Bess Bower Dunn Museum, Libertyville

MAKE A MUSEUM, Ages 9–11

Ever wonder how a museum works? This camp explores what it takes to build and operate a museum. Campers will have the opportunity to interact with museum professionals, and learn about collections and how to design an exhibit. Campers will create their own temporary exhibit, which will open on the last day of camp.

July 23–27  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 farm field to your kitchen table through hands-on exploration, activities, and games. We will plant, harvest, and taste homegrown food from Bonner's organic garden.

June 25–29  Register » 

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Independence Grove, Libertyville

ANIMAL ATTIRE, Ages 6–7

Fur, feathers, fins, scales, and skin—they all help animals survive. Campers will discover how well-adapted these animal coverings are for survival in the field, forest, and wetland through hands-on exploration, games, and crafts. 

June 11–15  Register »  June 25–29  Register »  July 16–20  Register »  July 30–August 3  Register »


FISHING CAMP, Ages 9–11

Explore the 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.

June 11–15  Register »  June 25–29  Register »  July 23–27  Register »  July 30–August 3  Register »  August 6–10  Register »


FISHING CAMP 2, Ages 12–14

Want to improve your fishing skills? Join us as we learn about fish, bait, lures, and techniques. Each day features a 1.5-hour fishing session. One day of boat fishing is included.

June 18–22  Register »  July 9–13  Register »  July 16–20  Register »


OUTDOOR ADVENTURESAges 10–11

Campers will bike, hike, kayak, swim, and do team-building activities while learning about the amazing habitats of Lake County.

June 18–22  Register »  July 9–13  Register »  July 23–27  Register » August 6–10  Register »


PRESERVE EXPLORERS, Ages 12–14

Campers are introduced to a range of opportunities to develop life skills through exploration and team-building activities. We’ll paddle waterways, observe wildlife, learn about native plants and land stewardship, and bike and hike to further investigate our surroundings. Includes a bus trip to other forest preserves for additional activities.

June 18–22  Register »  July 9–13  Register »  July 23–27  Register » August 6–10  Register »


WETLAND EXPLORERSAges 8–9

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

June 11–15  Register »  June 25–29  Register » 


WILDLIFE IN MOTIONAges 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, games, crafts, and interaction with live animals.

June 25–29  Register »  July 30–August 3  Register » 

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Lakewood, Wauconda

NATIVE PEOPLES, Ages 7–9

Dig into the past and discover what daily life was like for the first inhabitants in Lake County. Throughout the week campers will play games, create crafts, write their own lore, and learn about the everyday lives of local Native peoples.

June 18–22  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 sculpting material, identify animals by their scat, and solve mysteries using tracking skills. 

July 30–August 3  Register »


WETLAND EXPLORERS, Ages 8–9

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

July 30–August 3  Register »


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, games, crafts, and interaction with live animals.

July 30–August 3  Register »

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Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods

ANIMAL ATTIRE, Ages 6–7

Fur, feathers, fins, scales, and skin—they all help animals survive. Campers will discover how well-adapted these animal coverings are for survival in the field, forest, and wetland through hands-on exploration, games, and crafts. 

July 16–20  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. Grow your art skills with projects like observational drawing, fabric dyeing, creating story stones, making paper and more.

July 30–August 3  Register »


WETLAND EXPLORERS, Ages 8–9

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

July 16–20  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. Grow your art skills with projects like observational drawing, fabric dyeing, creating story stones, making paper and more. 

July 30–August 3  Register »

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 farm field to your kitchen table through hands-on exploration, activities, and games. We will plant, harvest, and taste homegrown food from Bonner's organic garden. 

June 25–29  Register » 

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Nature

ANIMAL ATTIRE, Ages 6–7

Fur, feathers, fins, scales, and skin—they all help animals survive. Campers will discover how well-adapted these animal coverings are for survival in the field, forest, and wetland through hands-on exploration, games, and crafts. 

June 11–15  Register »  June 25–29  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 sculpting material, identify animals by their scat, and solve mysteries using tracking skills. 

July 30–August 3  Register »


WETLAND EXPLORERS, Ages 8–9

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

June 11–15  Register »  June 25–29  Register »  July 16–20  Register »  July 30–August 3  Register »


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, games, crafts, and interaction with live animals. 

June 25–29  Register »  July 30–August 3  Register » 

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History

MAKE A MUSEUM, Ages 9–11

Ever wonder how a museum works? This camp explores what it takes to build and operate a museum. Campers will have the opportunity to interact with museum professionals, and learn about collections and how to design an exhibit. Campers will create their own temporary exhibit, which will open on the last day of camp. 

July 23–27  Register »    


NATIVE PEOPLES, Ages 7–9

Dig into the past and discover what daily life was like for the first inhabitants in Lake County. Throughout the week campers will play games, create crafts, write their own lore, and learn about the everyday lives of local Native peoples.

June 19–21  Register »

Recreation

FISHING CAMP, Ages 9–11

Explore the 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. 

June 11–15  Register »  June 25–29  Register »  July 23–27  Register »  July 30–August 3  Register »  August 6–10  Register »


FISHING CAMP 2, Ages 12–14

Want to improve your fishing skills? Join us as we learn about fish, bait, lures, and techniques. Each day features a 1.5-hour fishing session. One day of boat fishing is included. 

June 18–22  Register »  July 9–13  Register »  July 16–20  Register »


OUTDOOR ADVENTURES, Ages 10–11

Campers will bike, hike, kayak, swim, and do team-building activities while learning about the amazing habitats of Lake County. 

June 18–22  Register »  July 9–13  Register »  July 23–27  Register » August 6–10  Register »


PRESERVE EXPLORERS, Ages 12–14

Campers are introduced to a range of opportunities to develop life skills through exploration and team-building activities. We’ll paddle waterways, observe wildlife, learn about native plants and land stewardship, and bike and hike to further investigate our surroundings. Includes a bus trip to other forest preserves for additional activities. 

June 18–22  Register »  July 9–13  Register »  July 23–27  Register » August 6–10  Register »

 
 
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