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Summer Adventures


Welcome to Summer Adventures

A new look for summer, the same lifelong connections and memories. 

In 2022, we’re offering hands-on nature and history education programs for children and teenagers ages 4–16. Programs range from consecutive 3–day and 5–day options, to program series where you can choose to attend some or all sessions, to programs you can experience with your child. In-person and virtual offerings are available.

All Summer Adventures programs are led by talented educators who prioritize safety, inclusion, and experiential learning within a positive environment.

Essential Eligibility Criteria

All participants are required to meet Essential Eligibility Criteria in order to register.

Cancellation & Transfer Fees

Refunds are given upon request if received one week before the program, less a $10 service fee per child per session. In the rare instance that we must cancel a class, we issue a credit toward another program or provide a refund. In the case of a transfer from one session to another, there is a $10 service fee per child per session.

Financial Assistance

Partial scholarships are available in the case of financial hardship.



Boots of a Biologist: June 21–23

Fishing 1: June 27–July 1, July 18–22, or August 1–5

Fishing 2: July 11–13, July 25–29, or August 8–12

Fort Sheridan Expeditions: July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11

Investigate Invertebrates: July 11, July 13

Kayaking in Nature: June 28–June 30

Let's Explore Plants and Animals: July 18–July 22, or August 2–4

Nature at Night: July 5, July 7

Nature Curiosity: July 26–July 28

Wander and Wonder: June 21, June 23, June 28, June 30

Wetland Explorers: June 28–June 30, or July 11–15

Wildlife in Motion: August 2, August 4, August 9, August 11 


From Seed to Sprout: June 21–23

Growing Up In Lake County: July 5–7

Highlight on Historic Sites: July 12, July 14

Prehistoric Exploration: July 26, July 28, August 2, August 4

Time Travelers: Virtual Experience: July 18–22


Conservation Explorers: Details

Please register for your desired program(s), and then submit forms at least one week prior to the start of the program. Completed forms can be mailed to Ryerson Welcome Center at 21950 North Riverwoods Road Riverwoods, IL 60015 or emailed to

  • CAMP-KNNA-20070620-CHW-001
  • CAMP-LIEX-20190716-11
  • CAMP-OUTD-20180807-12
  • CAMP-LIEX-20190716-16
  • CAMP-SPSL-20190716-35