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Conservation Explorers

Group of teens with an instructor out removing invasive plants from the forest preserve

Conservation Explorers

Monday, July 15 - Saturday, July 27

9 AM - 3 PM

Ages 14-16, entering grades 9 or 10 in fall 2024


Between 14 and 16 $400.00 $560.00

This event requires registration.

Registration is open.

Registration closes at 12 am CST on July 10.

Email with questions or to inquire about accommodations.

Available seats: 7


In this dynamic two-week outdoor program, culminating with an overnight camp-out, high schoolers will explore and study the local ecosystems of Lake County. Conservation Explorers (ConEx) will highlight the importance of conservation and stewardship as participants gain real-world, hands-on experience through data collection and learning from Forest Preserve experts. Participants will also learn about summer job opportunities and career options in the science field.


ConEx is based primarily outdoors and includes hiking, paddlesports, hands-on stewardship projects and other physical activities.

This program is for teens, ages 14-16, entering grades 9 or 10 in fall 2024. 

We are unable to make age exceptions because activities are geared to cognitive, emotional and physical abilities for this program's specific age range.

Learn More About ConEx      Financial Assistance Application

Week 1    
July 15-19 9 am–3 pm Independence Grove
Week 2    
July 22-25 9 am–3 pm Independence Grove
July 26-27 3 pm–10 am Van Patten Woods

Cost includes all programing and transportation between sites, as well as camp-out food and supplies. Need-based financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

Participants will receive additional program forms via email before the start of the program.

Email with questions or to inquire about special accommodations.


A special thank you to Sgt. Tommy's Kids for sponsoring our transportation for this program!



Anissa Chaudhry

Christy Condon

Independence Grove 16400 West Buckley Road
Libertyville, IL, 60048
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