Children and Family Programs

Native STEM Camp

This camp for pre-K to 8th-grade youth explores the Arboretum’s ecosystems with STEM activities connected to Native traditions and knowledge.

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Uncover the rich cultural traditions of Indigenous peoples through interactive activities that highlight the sacred elements of water, land, air, and fire. Explore the Arboretum’s ecosystems with STEM activities connected to Native traditions and knowledge. Activities are facilitated in partnership with Arboretum staff and the Trickster Cultural Center’s team of Elders, veterans, storytellers, and plant knowledge keepers.

This is a drop-off youth program that has multiple grade-level sections, and youth will work in small groups based on their grade level and registered section. Sections may participate in whole-group activities or station activities. 

Instructors: Arboretum staff and Trickster Cultural Center Elders, veterans, storytellers, and plant knowledge keepers. 

About the Trickster Cultural Center

A Native American Approach to Learning About Our Environment. Trickster Cultural Center was established on March 5, 2005, to create a contemporary view of Native arts, cultural education, and awareness.

Today the trickster Cultural Center is the only Native American-owned and operated arts institution in the state of Illinois. Trickster Cultural Center is a registered nonprofit 501(c)(3) Native American and community arts center that also serves Native American veterans and their needs.


This is a specialized program created in partnership with the Trickster Cultural Center. All sections of this program take place between July 6-8, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please select a section based on the entering grade level of the youth participating.

Please note that Summer Science Camp morning and afternoon supervised play will not be available during this specialized week.

A portion of the fees for this program will be donated to The Trickster Cultural Center. 

Youth should bring a snack, rain gear, and insect repellent. The program takes place outdoors, with indoor space utilized in the event of inclement weather.

Recommended ages: For youth entering grades pre-K through 8th grade, organized by grade level sections.

Program access and preparation:

  • Fees include admission to the Arboretum.
  • ONLINE: Register Now
  • BY PHONE: Call 630-719-2468 to register, ask questions, or to be waitlisted (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

To get ready for your program, click on the link below for information on how to access online materials, what to bring, where to go, required safety practices, and more.

  • Section A: Native STEM, half-day, pre-K and kindergarten, Camp 2022
  • Section B: Native STEM, half-day, 1st and 2nd grade, Camp 2022
  • Section C: Native STEM, half-day, 3rd and 4th grade, Camp 2022
  • Section D: Native STEM, half-day, 5th grade through 8th grade, Camp 2022

Limit 12 youth per section.


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