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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.


2019 Camp Registration Opens December 1

Our wide variety of topics allows your camper to attend camps from ages four through 15 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 2019 camp sessions below by age, date, location or topic. If your first choice is full, please ask to be added to the waiting list. We will notify you if a space opens or a section is added. Campers must be the appropriate age by the first day of camp.

Early bird discounts apply through February 15, 2019.

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

LITTLE EXPLORERS

Seek adventure in woodlands, wetlands and prairies with your little one. Use your senses to observe and discover the plants, animals and features that make these natural areas special. Free exploration and play will inspire a sense of wonder and awe. Limit two children per adult. 

June 11–13  Register »  June 25–27  Register » July 16–18  Register » 

Ages 6–7

ART AROUND US

Express your artistic side by creating your own works of art while discovering different artists from Lake County. We’ll paint, sculpt and practice different artistic techniques.

August 5–9  Register » 


PINT-SIZED FARMERS

Discover how food makes its way from the farm to the dinner table, and about the importance of farms. Pint-sized farmers will plant, water, harvest and package homegrown food from Bonner Heritage Farm’s organic garden. They’ll also explore what it means to be a modern farmer. 

June 24–28  Register » 


PONDERING PLANTS

Campers will take an in-depth look at the wonders of the plant world through interactive exploration of trees, flowers, grasses, aquatic plants and “invaders” (non-native plants). Activities include netting for field and aquatic insects and removal of invasive plants. 

June 10–14  Register »  June 24–28  Register »  July 15–19  Register »  July 29–August 2  Register » 

Ages 7–8

EARLY SETTLERS

Return to the 1830s and experience life as an early settler to Lake County. Through crafts, activities and exploration, learn how people made the big move west, started farms, set up homes and lived every day.

June 17–21  Register »

Ages 8–9

SPIDERS, SLUGS, AND REALLY COOL BUGS

Campers will search prairies, forests and wetlands for invertebrates (animals without backbones). They’ll gain a better understanding of Lake County’s smallest animals and what makes them so special.

June 10–14  Register »  June 24–28  Register »  July 15–19  Register »  July 29–August 2  Register »

Ages 9–10

TIME TRAVELERS 

Travel back in time and journey through more than 10,000 years of Lake County history by exploring the exhibit galleries at the Dunn Museum. Campers will travel from prehistoric times to the 1930s through activities, games, crafts and other adventures.

July 22–26 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 10–14  Register »  June 24–28  Register »  July 8–12  Register »  July 29–August 2  Register »  August 5–9  Register »

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Ages 10–12

ADAPTATION ADVENTURES (FORMERLY OUTDOOR ADVENTURES)

Campers will learn about adaptations of animals and plants in various ecosystems while engaging in team-building, hiking, canoeing, fishing, swimming and biking.

June 17–21  Register »  July 22–26  Register »  August 5–9  Register »

Ages 12–14

FISHING CAMP 2

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

June 17–21  Register »  July 15–19  Register »  July 22–26  Register »

Ages 13–15

CANOEING IN NATURE

Campers will develop paddling skills and explore nature through on-water science activities. Conditions permitting, the final day is spent paddling the Des Plaines River. Alternate paddle location for the final day may be Hastings Lake (Lake Villa). Beginner level.

July 9–11  Register »  

June 10–14

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 »


LITTLE EXPLORERS, Ages 4–5, with an adult

Seek adventure in woodlands, wetlands and prairies with your little one. Use your senses to observe and discover the plants, animals and features that make these natural areas special. Free exploration and play will inspire a sense of wonder and awe. Limit two children per adult. Register »


PONDERING PLANTS, Ages 6–7

Campers will take an in-depth look at the wonders of the plant world through interactive exploration of trees, flowers, grasses, aquatic plants and “invaders” (non-native plants). Activities include netting for field and aquatic insects and removal of invasive plants. Register »


SPIDERS, SLUGS AND REALLY COOL BUGS, Ages 8–9

Campers will search prairies, forests and wetlands for invertebrates (animals without backbones). They’ll gain a better understanding of Lake County’s smallest animals and what makes them so special. Register »

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June 17–21

EARLY SETTLERS, Ages 7–8

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


ADAPTATION ADVENTURES (FORMERLY OUTDOOR ADVENTURES)Ages 10–12

Campers will learn about adaptations of animals and plants in various ecosystems while engaging in team-building, hiking, canoeing, fishing, swimming and biking. Register »

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June 24–28

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 »


LITTLE EXPLORERS, Ages 4–5, with and adult

Seek adventure in woodlands, wetlands and prairies with your little one. Use your senses to observe and discover the plants, animals and features that make these natural areas special. Free exploration and play will inspire a sense of wonder and awe. Limit two children per adult. Register »


PINT-SIZED FARMERS, Ages 6–7

Discover how food makes its way from the farm to the dinner table, and about the importance of farms. Pint-sized farmers will plant, water, harvest and package homegrown food from Bonner Heritage Farm’s organic garden. They’ll also explore what it means to be a modern farmer. Register »


PONDERING PLANTS, Ages 6–7

Campers will take an in-depth look at the wonders of the plant world through interactive exploration of trees, flowers, grasses, aquatic plants and “invaders” (non-native plants). Activities include netting for field and aquatic insects and removal of invasive plants. Register »


SPIDERS, SLUGS AND REALLY COOL BUGS, Ages 8–9

Campers will search prairies, forests and wetlands for invertebrates (animals without backbones). They’ll gain a better understanding of Lake County’s smallest animals and what makes them so special. Register »

July 1–5

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 8–12

CANOEING IN NATURE

Campers will develop paddling skills and explore nature through on-water science activities. Conditions permitting, the final day is spent paddling the Des Plaines River. Alternate paddle location for the final day may be Hastings Lake (Lake Villa). Beginner level. 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 »

July 15–19

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 »


LITTLE EXPLORERS, Ages 4–5, with and adult

Seek adventure in woodlands, wetlands and prairies with your little one. Use your senses to observe and discover the plants, animals and features that make these natural areas special. Free exploration and play will inspire a sense of wonder and awe. Limit two children per adult. Register »


PONDERING PLANTS, Ages 6–7

Campers will take an in-depth look at the wonders of the plant world through interactive exploration of trees, flowers, grasses, aquatic plants and “invaders” (non-native plants). Activities include netting for field and aquatic insects and removal of invasive plants. Register »


SPIDERS, SLUGS AND REALLY COOL BUGS, Ages 8–9

Campers will search prairies, forests and wetlands for invertebrates (animals without backbones). They’ll gain a better understanding of Lake County’s smallest animals and what makes them so special. Register »

July 22–26

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 »


ADAPTATION ADVENTURES (FORMERLY OUTDOOR ADVENTURES)Ages 10–12

Campers will learn about adaptations of animals and plants in various ecosystems while engaging in team-building, hiking, canoeing, fishing, swimming and biking. Register »


TIME TRAVELERS, Ages 9–10

Travel back in time and journey through more than 10,000 years of Lake County history by exploring the exhibit galleries at the Dunn Museum. Campers will travel from prehistoric times to the 1930s through activities, games, crafts and other adventures. Register »

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July 29–August 2

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 »


PONDERING PLANTS, Ages 6–7

Campers will take an in-depth look at the wonders of the plant world through interactive exploration of trees, flowers, grasses, aquatic plants and “invaders” (non-native plants). Activities include netting for field and aquatic insects and removal of invasive plants. Register »


SPIDERS, SLUGS AND REALLY COOL BUGS, Ages 8–9

Campers will search prairies, forests and wetlands for invertebrates (animals without backbones). They’ll gain a better understanding of Lake County’s smallest animals and what makes them so special. Register »

August 5–9

ART AROUND USAges 6–7

Express your artistic side by creating your own works of art while discovering different artists from Lake County. We’ll paint, sculpt and practice different artistic techniques. 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 »


ADAPTATION ADVENTURES (FORMERLY OUTDOOR ADVENTURES)Ages 10–12

Campers will learn about adaptations of animals and plants in various ecosystems while engaging in team-building, hiking, canoeing, fishing, swimming and biking. Register »

Bess Bower Dunn Museum, Libertyville

ART AROUND USAges 6–7

Express your artistic side by creating your own works of art while discovering different artists from Lake County. We’ll paint, sculpt and practice different artistic techniques.

August 5–9  Register » 


TIME TRAVELERS, Ages 9–10

Travel back in time and journey through more than 10,000 years of Lake County history by exploring the exhibit galleries at the Dunn Museum. Campers will travel from prehistoric times to the 1930s through activities, games, crafts and other adventures. 

July 22–26  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 24–28  Register » 

 

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Independence Grove, Libertyville

CANOEING IN NATURE, Ages 13–15

Campers will develop paddling skills and explore nature through on-water science activities. Conditions permitting, the final day is spent paddling the Des Plaines River. Alternate paddle location for the final day may be Hastings Lake (Lake Villa). Beginner level.

July 8–12  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 10–14  Register »  June 24–28  Register »  July 8–12  Register »  July 29–August 2  Register »  August 5–9  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 17–21  Register »  July 15–19  Register »  July 22–26  Register »


LITTLE EXPLORERS, Ages 4–5, with an adult

Seek adventure in woodlands, wetlands and prairies with your little one. Use your senses to observe and discover the plants, animals and features that make these natural areas special. Free exploration and play will inspire a sense of wonder and awe. Limit two children per adult. 

June 11–13  Register »  June 25–27  Register » 


ADAPTATION ADVENTURES (FORMERLY OUTDOOR ADVENTURES)Ages 10–12

Campers will learn about adaptations of animals and plants in various ecosystems while engaging in team-building, hiking, canoeing, fishing, swimming and biking. 

June 17–21  Register »  July 22–26  Register »  August 5–9  Register »


PONDERING PLANTS, Ages 6–7

Campers will take an in-depth look at the wonders of the plant world through interactive exploration of trees, flowers, grasses, aquatic plants and “invaders” (non-native plants). Activities include netting for field and aquatic insects and removal of invasive plants. 

June 10–14  Register »  June 24–28  Register »  


SPIDERS, SLUGS, AND REALLY COOL BUGSAges 8–9

Campers will search prairies, forests and wetlands for invertebrates (animals without backbones). They’ll gain a better understanding of Lake County’s smallest animals and what makes them so special.

June 10–14  Register »  June 24–28  Register »  

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Lakewood, Wauconda

LITTLE EXPLORERSAges 4–5, with an adult

Seek adventure in woodlands, wetlands and prairies with your little one. Use your senses to observe and discover the plants, animals and features that make these natural areas special. Free exploration and play will inspire a sense of wonder and awe. Limit two children per adult. 

July 16–18  Register » 


PONDERING PLANTSAges 6–7

Campers will take an in-depth look at the wonders of the plant world through interactive exploration of trees, flowers, grasses, aquatic plants and “invaders” (non-native plants). Activities include netting for field and aquatic insects and removal of invasive plants. 

July 15–19  Register »  


SPIDERS, SLUGS, AND REALLY COOL BUGSAges 8–9

Campers will search prairies, forests and wetlands for invertebrates (animals without backbones). They’ll gain a better understanding of Lake County’s smallest animals and what makes them so special.

July 15–19  Register »  

Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods

EARLY SETTLERSAges 7–8

Return to the 1830s and experience life as an early settler to Lake County. Through crafts, activities and exploration, learn how people made the big move west, started farms, set up homes and lived every day.

June 17–21  Register »


PONDERING PLANTSAges 6–7

Campers will take an in-depth look at the wonders of the plant world through interactive exploration of trees, flowers, grasses, aquatic plants and “invaders” (non-native plants). Activities include netting for field and aquatic insects and removal of invasive plants. 

July 29–August 2  Register » 


SPIDERS, SLUGS, AND REALLY COOL BUGSAges 8–9

Campers will search prairies, forests and wetlands for invertebrates (animals without backbones). They’ll gain a better understanding of Lake County’s smallest animals and what makes them so special.

July 29–August 2  Register »

Art

ART AROUND USAges 6–7

Express your artistic side by creating your own works of art while discovering different artists from Lake County. We’ll paint, sculpt and practice different artistic techniques.

August 5–9  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 24–28  Register » 

History

EARLY SETTLERSAges 7–8

Return to the 1830s and experience life as an early settler to Lake County. Through crafts, activities and exploration, learn how people made the big move west, started farms, set up homes and lived every day.

June 17–21  Register »


TIME TRAVELERS, Ages 9–10

Travel back in time and journey through more than 10,000 years of Lake County history by exploring the exhibit galleries at the Dunn Museum. Campers will travel from prehistoric times to the 1930s through activities, games, crafts and other adventures. 

July 22–26  Register » 

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Nature

ADAPTATION ADVENTURES (FORMERLY OUTDOOR ADVENTURES), Ages 10–12

Campers will learn about adaptations of animals and plants in various ecosystems while engaging in team-building, hiking, canoeing, fishing, swimming and biking.

June 17–21  Register »  July 22–26  Register »  August 5–9  Register »


CANOEING IN NATUREAges 13–15

Campers will develop paddling skills and explore nature through on-water science activities. Conditions permitting, the final day is spent paddling the Des Plaines River. Alternate paddle location for the final day may be Hastings Lake (Lindenhurst). Beginner level.

July 8–12  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 10–14  Register »  June 24–28  Register »  July 8–12  Register »  July 29–August 2  Register »  August 5–9  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 17–21  Register »  July 15–19  Register »  July 22–26  Register »


LITTLE EXPLORERSAges 4–5, with an adult

Seek adventure in woodlands, wetlands and prairies with your little one. Use your senses to observe and discover the plants, animals and features that make these natural areas special. Free exploration and play will inspire a sense of wonder and awe. Limit two children per adult. 

June 11–13  Register »  June 25–27  Register » July 16–18  Register » 


PONDERING PLANTSAges 6–7

Campers will take an in-depth look at the wonders of the plant world through interactive exploration of trees, flowers, grasses, aquatic plants and “invaders” (non-native plants). Activities include netting for field and aquatic insects and removal of invasive plants. 

June 10–14  Register »  June 24–28  Register »  July 15–19  Register »  July 29–August 2  Register » 


SPIDERS, SLUGS, AND REALLY COOL BUGSAges 8–9

Campers will search prairies, forests and wetlands for invertebrates (animals without backbones). They’ll gain a better understanding of Lake County’s smallest animals and what makes them so special.

June 10–14  Register »  June 24–28  Register »  July 15–19  Register »  July 29–August 2  Register »

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