Children and Family Programs

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 the 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 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

The Morton Arboretum is accredited by The American Camp Association.  As such, our masking and Covid-19 policies are updated according to their preset standards and follow all CDC guidance.  Currently, campers are required to wear masks when indoors and when they are unable to socially distance or are in crowded locations outdoors. Summer Science Camps at the Arboretum are also supportive of campers who choose to continue to wear masks in all settings. These policies will be updated as required and emailed in the Welcome Letter sent one week before camp begins.  Camper safety is of the utmost importance within the programs and the driving force behind any and all policy adjustments. For questions please contact Meghan Wiesbrock, manager of school and camp programs, at mwiesbrock@mortonarb.org.

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:

Drawn to Nature: half day camp

Can art come from trees? Use paper, pencils, wood, and leaves to capture the nature around you. Discover the artistic tools hidden within trees.

 

  • Section A: June 27 to July 1, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Section B: August 1 to August 5, 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 6 to June 10, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Section B: June 27 to July 1, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Section C: July 25 to July 29, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Nature Unframed: full day camp

Are fairies hidden in the forest? Discover woodland plants and animals, create your own fairy, and work together to build a fairy village.

 

  • Section A: June 20 to June 24, 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.
  • Section C: August 8 to August 12, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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New! STEM Wild 100: full day camp

100! Celebrate the Arboretum’s centennial with STEM challenges.  Build, unravel, discover, and test nature’s engineers as we explore one hundred years of tree science.

 

  • Section A: June 6 to June 10, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Section B: June 27 to July 1, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Section C: July 25 to July 29, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Outdoor Adventures: full day camp

Get outside and explore! Set off on a different adventure each day as you explore geocaching, letterboxing, survival skills, and more.

 

  • Section A: June 13 to June 17, 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 1 to August 5, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Scales to Feathers: half day Camp

What makes a snake scale tough and a feather light?  Take a microscopic look at scales, feathers, shells, and more as you discover what animal adaptations are all about.

 

  • Section A: June 13 to June 17, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Section B: July 18 to July 22, 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 20 to June 24, 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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The Arb Rocks!: half day camp

Rock out with an in-depth study of glaciers, soils, fossils, and rocks. Take a geological journey through Earth, uncovering the layers below, identifying hidden fossils, and investigate the three types of rocks.

 

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

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Walk in the Wild: half day camp

Walk in the wild parts of the Arboretum and explore nature. Discover the differences between bees and wasps, go bird watching, and hunt for animal footprints. Hike, collect specimens, and make tools that help reveal the Arboretum’s wild side!

 

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

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Wetland Wonders: full day camp

Spend the week getting wet! Wallow through wetlands to collect water samples, play games, and conduct experiments. Examine critters that call ponds, lakes, rivers, and marshes home.

 

  • Section A: June 13 to June 17, 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 1 to August 5, 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

  • Full-Day Camps Includes supervised lunch
    $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
  • 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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