Children and Family Programs

Sixth through Eighth Grade 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 enrolled in sixth through eighth 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

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 a 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.

Mask Requirements

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 to discuss your child’s needs prior to registration.


Summer Science Camps are generously supported by:

Amazing Race: full day camp

Race through the habitats, take on survival challenges, gather clues, and conquer obstacles to navigate through the Arboretum. Can you complete the race?


  • Section A: June 6 to June 10, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Section B: July 11 to July 15, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Section C: August 8 to August 12, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Environmental Avengers: full day camp

Who is really in charge of defending the Earth? Become an environmental scientist as you track pollution, analyze water and soil samples, monitor insect life, and learn what you can do to save the planet.


  • Section A: June 20 to June 24, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Section B: July 25 to July 29, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Nature Photography II: full day camp

Capture nature from a new angle! Take the time to play with mirrors, water, shadows, and light in this photography class.  Participants must bring their own digital camera.


  • Section A: June 27 to July 1, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Section B: August 1 to August 5, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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New! STEM Wild 100: full day camp

Use your nature observation skills and get creative with digital photography. Practice composition, subject placement, close-ups, moving targets, and more. With your classmates, create an Arboretum digital slideshow. Participants must bring their own digital camera.


  • Section A: June 13 to June 17, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Section B: July 18 to July 22, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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


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.


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.


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


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.


  • Full-Day Camps $365 (nonmembers $410)
  • Half-Day Camps $210 (nonmembers $245)
  • Morning Supervised Play (8:00 to 9:00 a.m.)
    $60 (nonmembers $70)
  • Supervised Lunch (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)

Summer Science Camp Waitlist

Is the camp you are looking for sold out? Please fill out this Summer Science Camp Waitlist Form to be added to the waiting list. This waitlist is not a guarantee that additional sections or space will become available. Waitlist spots are filled on a first come first serve basis and participants on the waitlist will be contacted by the registrar’s office should space become available.


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