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Summer Science Camps

Third and Fourth 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 entering third or fourth 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 5, through Friday, August 11.

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:

Adaptive Art: half day camp

Do you think you can paint with a beak, sculpt with a paw, or draw with a claw?  Find out how Arboretum animals are adapted to life in the woods, ponds, and prairies and embrace various artistic media to capture these unique animal features.

  • Section A: June 5 to June 9, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Section B: July 10 to July 14, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Section C: August 7 to August 11, 9:00 a.m. to noon

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Adventures in Art: full day camp

Paint, draw, color, and sculpt your way through the Arboretum. Create masterpieces daily to showcase in an end-of-the-week art show.

  • 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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Critter Cases: half day camp

Can you solve the case of the missing acorn or the mystery of the toppled tree? Put your sleuthing skills to good use as you learn signs that animals leave behind and become a woodland detective.

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

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Forest Forts: full day camp

Design and build forts inspired by trees. Study trees up close and uncover their unique characteristics. Build a mini tree fort village as a group. Each child takes home their own mini tree fort.

  • Section A: June 5 to June 9, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Section B: June 26 to June 30, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Section C: July 24 to July 28, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Going Buggy: full day camp

What has six legs and no uncles? An ant! Explore the zany world of insects as you dig, sweep, and dip your way through the insect world.

  • 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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New! Leaf Laboratory: full day, two-week camp

Have you ever wondered WHY? Prepare your beakers and flasks as you explore the scientific method, design experiments, and investigate the natural world around you.

  • Section A: June 12 to June 16 and June 19 to June 23, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Rooted in Science: half day camp

Exercise your green thumb as you sprout, transplant, and experiment with plants in this gardening adventure.

  • Section A: June 19 to June 23, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Section B: July 24 to July 28, 9:00 a.m. to noon

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Slime Time: full day camp

Stretch, squish, and squoosh some slime as you discover how plants and animals use slime, try out some recipes for slime, and put your slime to the test.

  • Section A: June 5 to June 9, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Section B: July 10 to July 14, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Section C: July 31 to August 4, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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New! STEM: Branching Out: full day camp

What can you build with branches? Challenge yourself to work as a team to tackle engineering and art activities. Celebrate art and engineering as we explore how natural materials can be used to create sculptures, or solve problems.

  • Section A: June 19 to June 23, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Section B: July 24 to July 28, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Section C: August 7 to August 11, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Sticks and Bricks: half day camp

Engineer your way through challenges as you learn how nature stacks up around you. Use nature as building blocks, take on STEM challenges, and create art out of natural building materials.

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

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New! Wild Survival: full day, two-week camp

Do you have the skills of a squirrel, the techniques of a turtle, or the ability of an ant? Discover the survival skills of animals at the Arb and then put your survival skills to the test.

  • Section A: July 10 to July 14 and July 17 to July 21, 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
  • 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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