Explore summer science camps for children entering first or second grade that offer opportunities to play, paint, explore, and learn. Designed by Arboretum experts, these camps provide a foundation for the next generation of young conservation and environmental scientists, artists, and outdoor enthusiasts.
Week-long camps run Monday, June 6, through Friday, August 12.
Learn more about each camp below and find availability for each session
- Camo Creatures
- Camping Out
- Forest Fairy Friends
- Gotta Grow
- Magic Forest Adventures
- Modern Artist-tree
- Nature’s Lab
- New! STEM: Wild 100
- Slippery, Slimy, Scaly
To register by phone, call 630-719-2468 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For parents requiring additional schedule flexibility, after selecting the camp/s your child will attend, be sure to select the option “add more to your cart” to review additional supervised play options that extend pick-up and drop-off times as needed. Already registered for summer camp and need to add Supervised Play? Register for Supervised Play here. or if you need help try our Supervised Play Registration Helpful Hints.
Once your child is registered, you will be emailed a Welcome Letter, Registration Form, and Medical Authorization Form if applicable, to send back before camp begins. For the safety of participants and staff, health protocols regarding the new coronavirus, including face masks, wellness checks, and daily disinfection of high-touch materials and spaces will be utilized.
Masks are not required, and are optional to be worn during the summer science camp program. They are recommended for camp participants who are not fully vaccinated, and any camp participants who choose to mask during camp, will be fully supported by camp staff during their session of camp. Arboretum staff are closely monitoring the local transmission level of COVID-19, and if the transmission level moves to level high, participants will be required to wear masks when in indoor settings. This policy is in accordance with CDC and American Camp Association guidance for COVID-19. Updated protocols and details regarding the current transmission level is located in the camp parent letter, which is sent to participants one week before their camp session. For additional questions or concerns, please contact Meghan Wiesbrock, Manager of School and Camp Programs.
The Arboretum strives to provide accessible experiences for all children. Contact the camp and scout supervisor at 630-719-4890 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your child’s needs prior to registration.
Summer Science Camps are generously supported by: