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 2021 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 7, through Friday, August 13.

  • View an electronic brochure of camp descriptions, registration details, and a schedule chart with clickable links to each individual camp registration page.
  • View this clickable chart and click on the camp name to register online.
  • Need help registering online?  Try our Summer Science Camp Registration Helpful Hints.
  • 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 Parent Welcome Letter and Medical Authorization Form 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 American Camp Association recently released new guidance for day camps in response to Phase 5 of Restore Illinois. This new guidance allows for some adjustments to the Arboretum’s current mask policies for summer science camps. Unvaccinated campers will be required to wear masks when indoors and during more crowded periods of the day (drop off and pick up). However, they will not be required to wear masks when hiking, playing games, or exploring outdoors. Instructors will continue to encourage social distancing when seated or eating lunch, and masks may be required within public settings of the Arboretum that tend to be more crowded (i.e the Children’s Garden). Summer Science Camps at the Arboretum are also supportive of campers who choose to continue to wear masks in all settings. Camper safety is of the utmost importance within the programs, and the driving force behind this policy adjustment, which follows new CDC guidance. For questions please contact Meghan Wiesbrock, manager of school and camp programs, at


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:

Children must be 4 years old by September 1, 2021, and fully potty-trained. All pre-kindergarten camps are half day.

Children must be 5 years old by September 1, 2021.

Camp Offerings

Camp Offerings

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 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)


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