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Children and Family Programs

Summer Science Camps

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

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This summer, unlock your child’s imagination with interactive outdoor adventures among 1,700 acres of trees at The Morton Arboretum’s 2023 Summer Science Camps.

Through science experiments, STEM, art, and creative play, The Morton Arboretum’s innovative camps will inspire your child to become a Tree Champion.

Discover more than 100 camps for children in prekindergarten through eighth grade, 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, 2023, through Friday, August 11, 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.

View an electronic brochure of camp descriptions, registration details, and a schedule chart of camps.

Find camp availability by age group and register online:

For questions about registration, call 630-719-2468 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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.


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

Supervised Play—Before or After Camp Options

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.


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.


Summer Science Camps are generously supported by:


Children must be 4 years old by September 1, 2023 and must be fully potty trained.

Entering Kindergarten

Children must be 5 years old by September 1, 2023.

Entering Grades 1 and 2

Camp Offerings

Entering Grades 3 and 4

Camp Offerings

Entering Grades 5 and 6

Entering Grades 6 through 8

Week of June 5

Week of June 12

Week of June 19

Week of June 26

Week of July 10

Week of July 17

Week of July 24

Week of July 31

Week of August 7

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.


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 a.m. 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 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
    $15 (nonmembers $20)
  • Afternoon Supervised Play (3:00 to 5:30 p.m.)
    $90 (nonmembers $106)

Medication Authorization Form

If your child will be bringing medication to camp, please have your child’s physician complete the Medication Authorization Form. This form only needs to be completed if your child will be bringing medication to camp. Please email this completed form to kphelps@mortonarb.org.

Parent Welcome Letter

Please read the Parent Welcome Letter for more information about Arboretum camps.


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