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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.


2020 Camp Registration Opens December 1

Our wide variety of topics allows your camper to attend camps from ages six 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 2020 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, 2020.

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.

Please download, complete and turn in all Summer Camp Registration forms soon after registration. Forms must be received at least one week prior to the start of your camp session. You can find all camp forms here.

Ages 6–7

ANIMAL ATTIRE | Various Preserves

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 15–19  Register »  July 6–10  Register »  July 20–24  Register »  August 3–7  Register »


PINT-SIZED FARMERS | Bonner Heritage Farm

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

July 27–31  Register » 

Ages 7–8

ART AROUND US | Bess Bower Dunn Museum

Express your artistic side by creating your own works of art while discovering different artists from Lake County. We’ll paint, sculpt, draw and practice different artistic techniques, plus take a closer look at the artwork in the Dunn Museum collection.

June 15–19  Register »

Ages 8–9

PREHISTORIC LAKE COUNTY | Nippersink

Young paleontologists uncover the past from the Paleozoic Era to the Ice Age, discovering the diversity of plants and animals from tiny trilobites to mega mastodons. As junior geologists, campers will explore Lake County’s dynamic shift from a shallow sea to a mile-high glacier. Taking on the role of archaeologist, campers will dig into prehistoric cultures to learn what life was like for the first people in the county.

June 22–26  Register »


WETLAND EXPLORERS | Various Preserves

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 15–19  Register »  July 6–10  Register »  July 20–24  Register »  August 3–7  Register »

Ages 9–11

FISHING CAMP | Independence Grove

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. Please choose only one Fishing Camp 1 session per child.

June 15–19  Register »  June 22–26  Register »  July 6–10  Register »  August 3–7  Register »  August 10–14  Register »

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TIME TRAVELERS | Bess Bower Dunn Museum

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 to learn about our past.

August 3–7 Register »

Ages 10–12

HABITAT ADVENTURES | Independence Grove

Campers will explore and learn about forest, wetland, prairie and lake habitats through team building, kayaking, hiking, letterboxing, swimming (except Aug 10–14 session), and biking. Please choose only one Habitat Adventures session per child.

June 22–26  Register »  July 13–17  Register »  July 27–31  Register »  August 10–14  Register »

Ages 12–14

FISHING CAMP 2 Independence Grove

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. Please choose only one Fishing Camp 2 session per child.

July 13­–17  Register »  July 20–24  Register »  July 27–31  Register »

Ages 13–15

KAYAKING IN NATURE Independence Grove

Over three days, campers will develop solo 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 in Lake Villa. Beginner level.

June 30–July 2  Register »

June 15–19

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 AROUND US, Ages 7–8

Express your artistic side by creating your own works of art while discovering different artists from Lake County. We’ll paint, sculpt, draw and practice different artistic techniques, plus take a closer look at the artwork in the Dunn Museum collection. 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. Please choose only one Fishing Camp 1 session per child. 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 22–26

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. Please choose only one Fishing Camp 1 session per child. Register »


HABITAT ADVENTURES, Ages 10–12

Campers will explore and learn about forest, wetland, prairie and lake habitats through team building, kayaking, hiking, letterboxing, swimming and biking. Please choose only one Habitat Adventures session per child. Register »


PREHISTORIC LAKE COUNTY, Ages 8–9

Young paleontologists uncover the past from the Paleozoic Era to the Ice Age, discovering the diversity of plants and animals from tiny trilobites to mega mastodons. As junior geologists, campers will explore Lake County’s dynamic shift from a shallow sea to a mile-high glacier. Taking on the role of archaeologist, campers will dig into prehistoric cultures to learn what life was like for the first people in the county. Register »

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June 30–July 2

KAYAKING IN NATURE, Ages 13–15

Over three days, campers will develop solo 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 in Lake Villa. Beginner level. Register » 

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July 6–10

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. Please choose only one Fishing Camp 1 session per child. 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 13–17

FISHING CAMP 2, Ages 12–14

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. Please choose only one Fishing Camp 2 session per child. Register »


HABITAT ADVENTURES, Ages 10–12

Campers will explore and learn about forest, wetland, prairie and lake habitats through team building, kayaking, hiking, letterboxing, swimming and biking. Please choose only one Habitat Adventures session per child. Register »  

July 20–24

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 2, Ages 12–14

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. Please choose only one Fishing Camp 2 session per child. 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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July 27–31

FISHING CAMP 2, Ages 12–14

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. Please choose only one Fishing Camp 2 session per child. Register »


HABITAT ADVENTURES, Ages 10–12

Campers will explore and learn about forest, wetland, prairie and lake habitats through team building, kayaking, hiking, letterboxing, swimming and biking. Please choose only one Habitat Adventures session per child. Register »


PINT-SIZED FARMERS, Ages 6–7

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

August 3–7

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. Please choose only one Fishing Camp 1 session per child. Register »  


TIME TRAVELERS, Ages 6–7

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 to learn about our past. 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 »

August 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. Please choose only one Fishing Camp 1 session per child. Register »


HABITAT ADVENTURES, Ages 10–12

Campers will explore and learn about forest, wetland, prairie and lake habitats through team building, kayaking, hiking, letterboxing, swimming and biking. Please choose only one Habitat Adventures session per child. 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, draw and practice different artistic techniques, plus take a closer look at the artwork in the Dunn Museum collection.

June 15–19  Register »


TIME TRAVELERS, Ages 9–11

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 to learn about our past.

August 3–7 Register »

Bonner Heritage Farm, Lindenhurst

PINT-SIZED FARMERS, Ages 6–7

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

July 27–31  Register »

Grant Woods, Ingleside

ANIMAL ATTIREAges 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 6–10  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 6–10  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 15–19  Register »  July 20–24  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. Please choose only one Fishing Camp 1 session per child.

June 15–19  Register »  June 22–26  Register »  July 6–10  Register »  August 3–7  Register »  August 10–14  Register »


FISHING CAMP 2, Ages 12–14

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. Please choose only one Fishing Camp 2 session per child.

July 13­–17  Register »  July 20–24  Register »  July 27–31  Register »


HABITAT ADVENTURES, Ages 10–12

Campers will explore and learn about forest, wetland, prairie and lake habitats through team building, kayaking, hiking, letterboxing, swimming and biking. Please choose only one Habitat Adventures session per child.

June 22–26  Register »  July 13–17  Register »  July 27–31  Register »  August 10–14  Register »


KAYAKING IN NATUREAges 13–15

Over three days, campers will develop solo 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 in Lake Villa. Beginner level.

June 30–July 2  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 15–19  Register »  July 20–24  Register »  

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Nippersink, Round Lake

PREHISTORIC LAKE COUNTY, Ages 8–9

Young paleontologists uncover the past from the Paleozoic Era to the Ice Age, discovering the diversity of plants and animals from tiny trilobites to mega mastodons. As junior geologists, campers will explore Lake County’s dynamic shift from a shallow sea to a mile-high glacier. Taking on the role of archaeologist, campers will dig into prehistoric cultures to learn what life was like for the first people in the county.

June 22–26  Register »

Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods & Wright Woods, Mettawa

ANIMAL ATTIREAges 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.

August 3–7  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.

August 3–7  Register »

Art

ART AROUND USAges 7–8

Express your artistic side by creating your own works of art while discovering different artists from Lake County. We’ll paint, sculpt, draw and practice different artistic techniques, plus take a closer look at the artwork in the Dunn Museum collection.

June 15–19  Register »

Farm

PINT-SIZED FARMERS, Ages 6–7

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

July 27–31  Register » 

History

PREHISTORIC LAKE COUNTYAges 8–9

Young paleontologists uncover the past from the Paleozoic Era to the Ice Age, discovering the diversity of plants and animals from tiny trilobites to mega mastodons. As junior geologists, campers will explore Lake County’s dynamic shift from a shallow sea to a mile-high glacier. Taking on the role of archaeologist, campers will dig into prehistoric cultures to learn what life was like for the first people in the county.

June 22–26  Register »


TIME TRAVELERS, Ages 9–11

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 to learn about our past.

August 3–7 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 15–19  Register »  July 6–10  Register »  July 20–24  Register »  August 3–7  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. Please choose only one Fishing Camp 1 session per child.

June 15–19  Register »  June 22–26  Register »  July 6–10  Register »  August 3–7  Register »  August 10–14  Register »


FISHING CAMP 2, Ages 12–14

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. Please choose only one Fishing Camp 2 session per child.

July 13­–17  Register »  July 20–24  Register »  July 27–31  Register »


HABITAT ADVENTURESAges 10–12

SCampers will explore and learn about forest, wetland, prairie and lake habitats through team building, kayaking, hiking, letterboxing, swimming and biking. Please choose only one Habitat Adventures session per child.

June 22–26  Register »  July 13–17  Register »  July 27–31  Register »  August 10–14  Register »


KAYAKING IN NATUREAges 13–15

COver three days, campers will develop solo 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 in Lake Villa. Beginner level.

June 30–July 2  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 15–19  Register »  July 6–10  Register »  July 20–24  Register »   August 3–7  Register »»

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