nature camps

camp coyote

Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road Geneva, IL | (630) 232-4542

DESCRIPTION: In this camp, kids will learn about nature and animals through hikes, games, crafts, stories, and hands-on exploration at Peck Farm Park. Preschool - 5th Grade 

AGES:  Grades PreK - 10th Grade


DATES:  M- F, June 7 - August 8 | 8:30am - 12pm OR 12:00pm - 3:30pm for most ages.

COST: $95 Resident, $125 NR per weekly session


nature camps at red oak

Red Oak Nature Center, 2343 S. River St, Batavia, IL

DESCRIPTION: Head outdoors and experience nature with a variety of programs for the entire family. The Batavia Park District partners with Red Oak Nature Center in Batavia to bring you opportunities to participate in nature programming, such as nature-themed story time, cave hikes, special earth-friendly events and more!

AGES:  Options for ages 2 - 13

DATES: Weekly Options June 7 - August 13, 2021

COST: Varies


friday family fun camp

Hickory Knolls Discovery Center 3795 Campton Hills Rd St. Charles, IL

DESCRIPTION: Think grown-ups have to miss out on the fun of nature camp? We don't think so! Grab the kids and get ready to explore the great outdoors in this mini version of camp that will fit any family's schedule. Enjoy a hike, critter visits and camp themed activities all before lunch. Registration is for a group of up to eight individuals.

AGES:  All ages welcome!

DATES: Fridays, 10am - 12pm

COST: $60 Resident, $90 NR per day - Fee covers up to 8 participants

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nature base camp

Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, 3795 Campton Hills Rd St. Charles, IL

DESCRIPTION: Get outside for the fresh air, the joy of exploration and the need to move. Spend the afternoon on the trails as nature provides the entertainment. Enjoy themed hikes, games and crafts. Tuesday and Thursday sessions will be the same theme and activities. Closed-toe shoes required.

AGES:  Ages 5 - 10


DATES:  Tuesdays OR Thursdays, 1pm - 3pm

COST: $60 Resident, $90 NR per 3 week session

St. Charles

nature discoverers camp

Delnor Woods Park, Rt 25 at Fulton Av St. Charles, IL

DESCRIPTION: A perfect camp for your little naturalist! Discover nature in the woods, fields and along the pond edge. Make simple crafts, play a variety of educational and fun games. Must be age 3 by January 1, 2021 and potty trained. No diapers. Camp designed for children who have attended preschool. Drop off at Wing St. Entrance at Delnor Woods.

AGES:  Ages 3 - 6 

DATES: M - F, June 14 - July 30, 2021 | 9:15am - 11:15am

COST: $85 Resident, $128 NR per weekly session

St. Charles

pathfinder & Trailblazers camp series

Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, 3795 Campton Hills Rd St. Charles, IL

DESCRIPTION: The great outdoors awaits adventure! Enjoy hikes, critter meet & greets and creative crafts that examine ecology in many different ways. Each week offers unique activities. Friday session meets at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve.

AGES:  Ages 5 - 7

DATES: M - F, June 7 - August 13, 2021 | 9am - 12pm

COST: $95 Resident, $143 NR per weekly session

St. Charles

farm camp at primrose farm

Primrose Farm

DESCRIPTION: Searching for a unique summer camp experience? This is it! Learn what it’s like to live on a farm. Start your day with chores, crafts, and games. Milk a cow, gather eggs from the chicken coop, and help farmers feed and clean up after the animals. Senior Ranchers will participate in both on-site and off-site activities, including visiting local parks, museums, and Otter Cove Aquatic Park.

AGES:  Ages 5 - 12

DATES: Junior Farmers (ages 5-7) meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-12pm. Senior Ranchers (ages 8-12) meet Monday through Friday from 8:30am-3:30pm.


St. Charles

nature explorers

Elburn Forest Preserve

DESCRIPTION: Join us for one week or the whole summer! Led by their curiosity and wonder, campers will explore the Elburn Forest Preserve through activities such as field studies and nature journaling. No two weeks are the same!

AGES:  Ages 6 - 14

DATES: June 15 - August 5 | Tuesdays - Thursdays (Ages 6 - 9 yrs 9 - 11am; Ages 10 - 14 yrs 1 - 3pm)

COST: $150 per week


kane forest district summer camps

Various locations throughout Kane County

DESCRIPTION: Various weekly themed summer camps including Week in the Woods and Junior Naturalists. Explore the wood and fields and discover the sights and sounds of different forest preserves in the area!

AGES:  Grades 1 - 6

DATES: June 21 - August 2, 2021

COST: Varies

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