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Children and Family Programs

Kindergarten Summer Science Camps

This summer, unlock your child’s imagination with
interactive outdoor adventures among 1,700 acres of trees.

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Explore summer science camps for children entering kindergarten 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 5, through Friday, August 11. Children must be 5 years old by September 1, 2023.

Summer Science Camp registration opens on Monday, January 2 for donors including Thornhill Society level memberships and Morton 6 memberships. On Sunday, January 15, registration opens for members including Morton 4 to Morton 1 memberships. On Sunday, February 5, registration opens to the public.

Learn more about each camp below and find availability for each session:

For questions about registration, 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 here for Supervised Play, or if you need help, read the Supervised Play Registration Helpful Hints document.

Once your child is registered, you will be emailed a Welcome Letter, Registration Form, and a Medical Authorization Form if applicable, to send back before camp begins.

Waitlist

Due to an increase in demand, many of this year’s Summer Science Camps have already sold out. Please add your name to the Summer Science Camp waitlist to be contacted for the camp sections you are interested in, should additional seats or additional sections become available.

Accessibility

The Arboretum strives to provide accessible experiences for all children. Contact the camp and scout supervisor at 630-719-4890 or kphelps@mortonarb.org to discuss your child’s needs prior to registration.

Sponsors

Summer Science Camps are generously supported by:

Dinos, Ginkgos, and Me: half day camp

Travel back to the dinosaur age and discover different dinosaurs. Learn what they ate, where they lived, and the trees that grew when dinosaurs were alive.

  • Section A: June 12 to June 16, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Section B: July 10 to July 14, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Section C: July 24 to July 28, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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Eric Carle’s Friends: half day camp

Have you ever been as hungry as a caterpillar? Enter the whimsical world of Eric Carle as his characters come to life through stories, games, and crafts.

  • Section A: June 5 to June 9, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Section B: June 19 to June 23, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Section C: July 17 to July 21, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Section D: July 31 to August 4, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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Leaf Zoo: half day camp

Leaves come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Let your imagination run wild as you discover what you can create with leaves.

  • Section A: June 19 to June 23, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Section B: July 10 to July 14, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Section C: July 31 to August 4, 9:00 a.m. to noon

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Mud Buddies: half day camp

Build, play, dig, and discover all the things that love mud. Explore life underground as a muddy scientist with muddy games and crafts.

  • Section A: June 12 to June 16, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Section B: June 26 to June 30, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Section C: July 24 to July 28, 9:00 a.m. to noon

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Pond Pals: full day camp

How do tadpoles turn into frogs? How do turtles and fish grow up? Search for croaking frogs, basking turtles, and swimming fish and take a closer look at animals that live in ponds.

  • Section A: June 12 to June 16, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Section B: July 17 to July 21, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Squishy, Squashy Art: half day camp

Put on your artist hat. Paint and sculpt squishy frogs, textured turtles, and slippery fish. Learn about these wetland critters and develop artistic skills.

  • Section A: June 5 to June 9, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Section B: June 26 to June 30, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Section C: July 17 to July 21, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Section D: August 7 to August 11, 9:00 a.m. to noon

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Where The Wild Things Are: full day camp

Where do wild things hide at the Arboretum? Search for wildlife as you explore the woodlands. What type of wild thing will the woods inspire you to be?

  • Section A: June 26 to June 30, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Section B: July 31 to August 4, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Registration, Cancelation, Transfer, Late Pickup, and Refund Policies

Registration

Space is limited. Preregistration is required and payment is due in full at the time of registration. Camp registration closes at 4:00 p.m. the Monday prior to the next camp’s week. All camp forms, including Medication Authorization Forms with doctors’ signatures, must be in before the start of camp.

Refunds

We are unable to give refunds for camp within three weeks of the start date of the camp. A $15 nonrefundable processing fee is included in each camp registration fee. If your child is unable to attend camp due to medical reasons, you may receive a refund prior to the start of camp with a doctor’s note. We are unable to refund for missed days of camp.

Cancelations

The Morton Arboretum reserves the right to cancel a camp due to low enrollment. Camp participants will be refunded in full for cancelations.

Transfers

We are unable to do transfers within three weeks of the start of the registered camp. Transfers will only be applicable from a camp of equivalent pricing. A $10 transfer fee will be assessed at the time of transfer.

Late Pickup

If a child is picked up late, parents/guardians will be assessed a $15 late fee per child for pickup 15 minutes late and $1 per minute thereafter.

Pricing

Early Bird Pricing through March 5

Fill your summer calendar early and take advantage of early bird pricing for summer camps. Prices are discounted until March 5. Early bird Pricing offers discounts to both members and nonmembers.

  • Full-Day Camps (until March 5) $355 (nonmembers $395)
  • Two-Week Full-Day Camps (until March 5) $690 (nonmembers $770)
  • Half-Day Camps (until March 5) $205 (nonmembers $235)
  • Full-Day Camps (after March 5) $365 (nonmembers $410)
  • Two-Week Full-Day Camps (after March 5) $720 (nonmembers $810)
  • Half-Day Camps (after March 5) $210 (nonmembers $245)
  • Morning Supervised Play (8:00 to 9:00 a.m.)
    $60 (nonmembers $70)
  • Midday Supervised Play (noon to 12:30 p.m.)
    $15 (nonmembers $20)
    Free with purchase of two half-day camps
    Lunch not provided, please pack a lunch for your camper
  • 30-Minute Afternoon Supervised Play (3:00 to 3:30 p.m.)
    $15 (nonmembers $20)
  • Afternoon Supervised Play (3:00 to 5:30 p.m.)
    $90 (nonmembers $106)

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. If your child is already registered for summer camp and need to add Supervised Play, follow the links below.

Register here for Supervised Play, or if you need help, read the Supervised Play Registration Helpful Hints document.

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