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 2022 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 6, 2022, through Friday, August 12, 2022.

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

Find camp availability by age group and register online:

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 here for Supervised Play 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 public health including face masks, wellness checks, and daily disinfection of high-touch materials and spaces will be utilized.

Specialized Offering: Native STEM Camp

This summer, the Morton Arboretum is pleased to offer Native STEM Camp, in partnership with The Trickster Cultural Center. This special camp will provide youth with an opportunity to learn different STEM activities that are part of the native and indigenous culture of our region. Registration for this program opened on May 10th. For all the registration and class information, visit the Native STEM Camp page.

Mask Policies

Masks are currently not required and are optional to be worn during the summer science camp program. Masks 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 are 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:

Children must be 4 years old by September 1, 2022, and fully potty-trained. All prekindergarten camps are half day.

Children must be 5 years old by September 1, 2022.

Camp Offerings

Camp Offerings

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 $365 (nonmembers $410)
  • Half-Day Camps $210 (nonmembers $245)
  • Morning Supervised Play (8:00 a.m. 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 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

Parent Welcome Letter

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


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