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Summer Camps 2021

Welcome to virtual summer camp. Registration is now open for the 2021 season! Keep your child safe and engaged while delving into Lake County’s nature and history. Your camper can enjoy live sessions with our educators, then try outdoor and off-screen activities themselves. Please see the listings below for our full roster of virtual camps. If you have any questions or need further information, please email our educators at AskAnEducator@LCFPD.org or call 847-968-3321.

Full refunds will be issued for registration cancellations made up to one week before the start of the child's camp. Cancellations made the week before the scheduled camp will have a $10 cancellation fee deducted from the refund. Cancellations made the week of the scheduled camp will not be refunded.

Ages 6–7

PINT-SIZED FARMERS 

Learn what it takes to be a modern-day farmer and explore how farming has changed from past to present. Discover how a plant grows and how food makes its way from the garden to your kitchen table.

July 19–23  Register » 


PONDERING PLANTS 

Campers will take an in-depth look at the wonders of the plant world through a daily, 60-minute virtual live interactive exploration of trees, flowers, grasses, aquatic plants, and “invaders” (non-native plants). Cost includes a materials kit and detailed itinerary with Zoom link and supplemental activities. Adult assistance needed.

June 28–July 2  Register »  July 26–30  Register » 


Ages 8–9

SPIDERS, SLUGS AND REALLY COOL BUGS 

Campers will learn about the slimy, crawling and flying invertebrates of Lake County and what makes them special through a daily, 75-minute virtual live experience. Companion activities will be provided to do along with or after the live sessions. Cost includes a materials kit and detailed itinerary with Zoom link and supplemental activities.

June 21–25  Register »  July 19–23  Register » 


Ages 8–10

NATIVE PEOPLE OF LAKE COUNTY 

Discover how the first inhabitants of Lake County survived and thrived. Then, dive deeper into what daily life was like for the Potawatomi during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Throughout the week, campers will explore artifacts and learn virtually about food, clothing and shelter through engaging instruction with a museum educator. Additional resources for crafts, games and activities will be sent home.

June 28–July 2  Register »


PREHISTORIC LAKE COUNTY 

In this virtual camp, young paleontologists uncover the past from the Paleozoic Era to the Ice Age. Engage with a museum educator each day to learn about fossils, dinosaurs and megafauna through interactive instruction and discussion. Additional independent resources such as videos, at-home crafts like creating a dinosaur, and activities like cookie excavation will be sent to each camper.

June 14–18  Register »


Ages 9–11

FISHING CAMP 

This virtual camp will feature a 60-minute, live Zoom session each day of the week. Each session will build on the previous day, covering fish adaptations and behaviors, lure selection, fishing pole maintenance and set-up, baiting a hook, casting techniques, hook removal and much more. Campers will see how to rig and use some of the most popular fishing techniques. In addition to the daily live sessions, campers will receive a camp materials kit, and links to videos recorded in forest preserves of the instructor fishing and demonstrating the techniques discussed each day.

June 14–18  Register »  July 12­–16  Register »

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Ages 10–12

TIME TRAVELERS 

Time travel virtually with the Dunn Museum and journey through Lake County history, seeing how life has changed from past to present. Campers will learn about dinosaurs, large Ice Age mammals, the first people, the Civil War and more with interactive instruction from a museum educator. The week will end with campers sharing an object that is important to them, allowing them to practice skills they have learned throughout the week. Additional independent activities, resources and crafts will be sent home.

July 26­–30  Register »  


Ages 12–14

FISHING CAMP 2 

This virtual camp will feature a 60-minute, live Zoom session each day of the week. Each session will build on the previous day, covering fish adaptations and behaviors, lure selection, fishing pole maintenance and set-up, baiting a hook, casting techniques, hook removal and much more. Campers will see how to rig and use some of the most popular fishing techniques. In addition to the daily live sessions, campers will receive a camp materials kit, and links to videos recorded in forest preserves of the instructor fishing and demonstrating the techniques discussed each day.

June 21–25  Register »  August 2­–6  Register »

June 14–18

FISHING CAMP, Ages 9–11

This virtual camp will feature a 60-minute, live Zoom session each day of the week. Each session will build on the previous day, covering fish adaptations and behaviors, lure selection, fishing pole maintenance and set-up, baiting a hook, casting techniques, hook removal and much more. Campers will see how to rig and use some of the most popular fishing techniques. In addition to the daily live sessions, campers will receive a camp materials kit, and links to videos recorded in forest preserves of the instructor fishing and demonstrating the techniques discussed each day. Register »


PREHISTORIC LAKE COUNTYAges 8–10

In this virtual camp, young paleontologists uncover the past from the Paleozoic Era to the Ice Age. Engage with a museum educator each day to learn about fossils, dinosaurs and megafauna through interactive instruction and discussion. Additional independent resources such as videos, at-home crafts like creating a dinosaur, and activities like cookie excavation will be sent to each camper. Register »


June 21–25

FISHING CAMP 2Ages 12–14

This virtual camp will feature a 60-minute, live Zoom session each day of the week. Each session will build on the previous day, covering fish adaptations and behaviors, lure selection, fishing pole maintenance and set-up, baiting a hook, casting techniques, hook removal and much more. Campers will see how to rig and use some of the most popular fishing techniques. In addition to the daily live sessions, campers will receive a camp materials kit, and links to videos recorded in forest preserves of the instructor fishing and demonstrating the techniques discussed each day. Register »


SPIDERS, SLUGS AND REALLY COOL BUGSAges 8–9 

Campers will learn about the slimy, crawling and flying invertebrates of Lake County and what makes them special through a daily, 75-minute virtual live experience. Companion activities will be provided to do along with or after the live sessions. Cost includes a materials kit and detailed itinerary with Zoom link and supplemental activities. Register » 


June 28–July 2

NATIVE PEOPLE OF LAKE COUNTYAges 8–10  

Discover how the first inhabitants of Lake County survived and thrived. Then, dive deeper into what daily life was like for the Potawatomi during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Throughout the week, campers will explore artifacts and learn virtually about food, clothing and shelter through engaging instruction with a museum educator. Additional resources for crafts, games and activities will be sent home. Register »


PONDERING PLANTSAges 6–7 

Campers will take an in-depth look at the wonders of the plant world through a daily, 60-minute virtual live interactive exploration of trees, flowers, grasses, aquatic plants, and “invaders” (non-native plants). Cost includes a materials kit and detailed itinerary with Zoom link and supplemental activities. Adult assistance needed. Register » 


July 12–16

FISHING CAMPAges 9–11  

This virtual camp will feature a 60-minute, live Zoom session each day of the week. Each session will build on the previous day, covering fish adaptations and behaviors, lure selection, fishing pole maintenance and set-up, baiting a hook, casting techniques, hook removal and much more. Campers will see how to rig and use some of the most popular fishing techniques. In addition to the daily live sessions, campers will receive a camp materials kit, and links to videos recorded in forest preserves of the instructor fishing and demonstrating the techniques discussed each day. Register »


July 19–23

PINT-SIZED FARMERSAges 6–7  

Learn what it takes to be a modern-day farmer and explore how farming has changed from past to present. Discover how a plant grows and how food makes its way from the garden to your kitchen table. Register » 


SPIDERS, SLUGS AND REALLY COOL BUGSAges 8–9  

Campers will learn about the slimy, crawling and flying invertebrates of Lake County and what makes them special through a daily, 75-minute virtual live experience. Companion activities will be provided to do along with or after the live sessions. Cost includes a materials kit and detailed itinerary with Zoom link and supplemental activities. Register » 


July 26–30

PONDERING PLANTSAges 6–7  

Campers will take an in-depth look at the wonders of the plant world through a daily, 60-minute virtual live interactive exploration of trees, flowers, grasses, aquatic plants, and “invaders” (non-native plants). Cost includes a materials kit and detailed itinerary with Zoom link and supplemental activities. Adult assistance needed. Register » 


TIME TRAVELERSAges 10–12  

Time travel virtually with the Dunn Museum and journey through Lake County history, seeing how life has changed from past to present. Campers will learn about dinosaurs, large Ice Age mammals, the first people, the Civil War and more with interactive instruction from a museum educator. The week will end with campers sharing an object that is important to them, allowing them to practice skills they have learned throughout the week. Additional independent activities, resources and crafts will be sent home. Register »  


August 2–6

FISHING CAMP 2Ages 12–14  

This virtual camp will feature a 60-minute, live Zoom session each day of the week. Each session will build on the previous day, covering fish adaptations and behaviors, lure selection, fishing pole maintenance and set-up, baiting a hook, casting techniques, hook removal and much more. Campers will see how to rig and use some of the most popular fishing techniques. In addition to the daily live sessions, campers will receive a camp materials kit, and links to videos recorded in forest preserves of the instructor fishing and demonstrating the techniques discussed each day. Register »

History

NATIVE PEOPLE OF LAKE COUNTYAges 8–10  

Discover how the first inhabitants of Lake County survived and thrived. Then, dive deeper into what daily life was like for the Potawatomi during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Throughout the week, campers will explore artifacts and learn virtually about food, clothing and shelter through engaging instruction with a museum educator. Additional resources for crafts, games and activities will be sent home.

June 28–July 2  Register »


PINT-SIZED FARMERSAges 6–7  

Learn what it takes to be a modern-day farmer and explore how farming has changed from past to present. Discover how a plant grows and how food makes its way from the garden to your kitchen table.

July 19–23  Register » 


PREHISTORIC LAKE COUNTYAges 8–10   

In this virtual camp, young paleontologists uncover the past from the Paleozoic Era to the Ice Age. Engage with a museum educator each day to learn about fossils, dinosaurs and megafauna through interactive instruction and discussion. Additional independent resources such as videos, at-home crafts like creating a dinosaur, and activities like cookie excavation will be sent to each camper.

June 14–18  Register »


TIME TRAVELERSAges 10–12  

Time travel virtually with the Dunn Museum and journey through Lake County history, seeing how life has changed from past to present. Campers will learn about dinosaurs, large Ice Age mammals, the first people, the Civil War and more with interactive instruction from a museum educator. The week will end with campers sharing an object that is important to them, allowing them to practice skills they have learned throughout the week. Additional independent activities, resources and crafts will be sent home.

July 26­–30  Register »  


Nature

FISHING CAMPAges 9–11   

This virtual camp will feature a 60-minute, live Zoom session each day of the week. Each session will build on the previous day, covering fish adaptations and behaviors, lure selection, fishing pole maintenance and set-up, baiting a hook, casting techniques, hook removal and much more. Campers will see how to rig and use some of the most popular fishing techniques. In addition to the daily live sessions, campers will receive a camp materials kit, and links to videos recorded in forest preserves of the instructor fishing and demonstrating the techniques discussed each day.

June 14–18  Register »  July 12­–16  Register »


FISHING CAMP 2Ages 12–14   

This virtual camp will feature a 60-minute, live Zoom session each day of the week. Each session will build on the previous day, covering fish adaptations and behaviors, lure selection, fishing pole maintenance and set-up, baiting a hook, casting techniques, hook removal and much more. Campers will see how to rig and use some of the most popular fishing techniques. In addition to the daily live sessions, campers will receive a camp materials kit, and links to videos recorded in forest preserves of the instructor fishing and demonstrating the techniques discussed each day.

June 21–25  Register »  August 2­–6  Register »


PONDERING PLANTSAges 6–7   

Campers will take an in-depth look at the wonders of the plant world through a daily, 60-minute virtual live interactive exploration of trees, flowers, grasses, aquatic plants, and “invaders” (non-native plants). Cost includes a materials kit and detailed itinerary with Zoom link and supplemental activities. Adult assistance needed.

June 28–July 2  Register »  July 26–30  Register » 


SPIDERS, SLUGS AND REALLY COOL BUGSAges 8–9   

Campers will learn about the slimy, crawling and flying invertebrates of Lake County and what makes them special through a daily, 75-minute virtual live experience. Companion activities will be provided to do along with or after the live sessions. Cost includes a materials kit and detailed itinerary with Zoom link and supplemental activities.

June 21–25  Register »  July 19–23  Register » 

 

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