Summer Youth Programs

2017 Camps

Registration begins March 1.

Eco-Adventures Day Camp

June 13 - July 28 (no camp the week of July 3-7)
$35 per child (fee covers all 6 sessions)
Contact: 217-896-2455, sclementz@ccfpd.org

JUNE 13-16 ANIMAL SENSE-SATIONS
Did you know butterflies taste with their feet? And snakes smell with their tongue? Campers will use their senses to interact with nature while learning how other animals use their senses to survive. 

JUNE 20-23 A BUG’S LIFE
Learn why all bugs are insects, but not all insects are bugs. Fun and exciting activities will demonstrate why insects are so successful, and make up the largest group of animals on the planet. Let your heart buzz with adventure!

JUNE 27-30 NATURE’S CANVAS
The natural world is brimming with beauty and inspiration. This week we’ll explore the wilder side of art as we experiment with using the natural landscape as our canvas.

JULY 11-14 EYES ON THE SKY
Look up into the sky. What do you see? The sun, sky, birds, bats and so much more. If it is up in the air we will explore it!

JULY 18-21 HABITAT EXPLORE
Every living thing needs a place to call home. From the forest to the prairie and even the sidewalks, habitats are everywhere! Venture into these habitats to see who or what calls them home.   

JULY 25-28 NATURE GAMES
On your mark, get set, go! This week of camp we will be playing all kinds of nature games from sit down to running. Be prepared to get your creative juices flowing. 

CHOOSE A TIME, DAY & LOCATION:
*Must be 3 years old by first day of camp; 
*Afternoon programs limited to children age 3 - 8

Grand Prairie Kids

Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods
Age 5 - 12 
$5 per child per session
Contact: 217-586-2612, ksnyder@ccfpd.org

We’ll focus this year’s Grand Prairie Kids on creating and designing! Don’t miss this fun time discovering what you can invent! 

JUNE 14 AMAZING ARCHITECTURE
Who needs blueprints anyways? You do, as you design and build your own futuristic building. 

JUNE 21 INTERESTING ILLUSTRATIONS
Explore settler life through old pictures and create your own art work. 

JUNE 28 IMAGINATIVE INVENTORS
Investigate some cool museum artifacts and inventions and design your own version of your favorite.

JULY 12 AWESOME AUTHORS
Join in the fun as we make the lost art of diary writing come to life. We’ll look at diaries and journals and make our own!

Archaeology Full Day Camp

Wednesday, July 5 or Thursday, July 27

10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods
Ages 8-11 (Must be 8 by the first day of camp) • $15 per child 
Contact: 217-586-2612, ksnyder@ccfpd.org

Dig, Dig. Dig. That’s what an archaeologist does, right? We’ll spend one whole day learning what an archaeologist does do, including dig. We’ll see someone making stone tools, and talk to an expert who identifies animal bones in real archaeological excavations.


Native American Full Day Camp

Thursday, July 6 or Wednesday, July 26 
10:00 am-2:00 pm
Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods
Ages 8-11 (Must be 8 by the first day of camp) • $15 per child 
Contact: 217-586-2612, ksnyder@ccfpd.org

Ever wonder how Illinois got its name? Join us for this fun activity filled day to answer that question and many more! Campers will learn about tools, weaving, food preservation, and games Native Americans played in their over 10,000 year history in this area!

 

Tiny Tots Garden Camp

June 15-July 27 (no camp week of July 4)
Thursdays, 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Discovery Garden, Lake of the Woods 
Ages 3-5
$35 per child

Contact: 217-586-2612, ksnyder@ccfpd.org


 

Tiny Tot Garden Adventures day camp is a garden based camp for ages 3-5 that meets once a week for six weeks. Each day we have a different topic. See below for the list and description of topics.

JUNE 15: PLANT THE GARDEN

Campers will dig, plant, water, weed and sow in the garden. Working together, they’ll learn how plants grow, how to transplant, and what it takes to maintain a garden.

JUNE 22: MINIATURE GARDEN DAY

Come ready to create a miniature garden scene using toys, dolls, animal figurines and small plants. Take them home and watch them grow all summer! 

JUNE 29: SQUIRMY WORMIES, CREEPY CRITTERS AND CRITTER-EATING PLANTS

Is your child fascinated by bugs? Children will get up close and personal with insects in the garden. They will also meet a plant that eats insects! 

JULY 13: AWESOME BLOSSOM DAY

Kids will learn about flowers, how and what makes them pretty and colorful. Kids will ‘pollinate’ flowers and make a beautiful bouquet to bring home.

JULY 20: WET WEEK

Come ready to stay cool in the hot sun. This week we will learn about the water cycle, explore a pond, and play water games.

JULY 27: FILL MY TUMMY WITH SOMETHING YUMMY

Campers will explore the garden with their taste buds and try out some tasty snacks.

 

Garden Adventures Day Camp

June 13 - July 25 (no camp July 4)
Tuesdays, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Discovery Garden, Lake of the Woods
Ages 5-10 
$35 per child
Contact: 217-586-2612, ksnyder@ccfpd.org

Garden Adventures day camp is a garden based camp that meets once a week for six weeks. Each day we have a different topic. See below for the list and description of topics.

JUNE 13: PLANT THE GARDEN
Campers will dig, plant, water, weed and sow in the garden. Working together, they’ll learn how plants grow, how to transplant, and what it takes to maintain a garden.

JUNE 20: MINIATURE GARDEN DAY
Come ready to create a miniature garden scene using toys, dolls, animal figurines and small plants. Take them home and watch them grow all summer! 

JUNE 27: SQUIRMY WORMIES, CREEPY CRITTERS AND CRITTER-EATING PLANTS
Is your child fascinated by bugs? Children will get up close and personal with insects in the garden. They will also meet a plant that eats insects! 

JULY 11: AWESOME BLOSSOM DAY
Kids will learn about flowers, how and what makes them pretty and colorful. Kids will ‘pollinate’ flowers and make a beautiful bouquet to bring home.

 JULY 18: WET WEEK
Come ready to stay cool in the hot sun. This week we will learn about the water cycle, explore a pond, and play water games.
 
JULY 25: FILL MY TUMMY WITH SOMETHING YUMMY
Campers will explore the garden with their taste buds and try out some tasty snacks.

A Mischievous Kid’s Guide to Life 

June 5 through June 8, 2017
9:00 am to 11:00 am 
Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods
Age 5 - 12 
$40 per child 
Contact: 217-586-2612, ksnyder@ccfpd.org

Want to learn how to make a balloon lantern? Cook on a fire? Do all those things that you don’t get to do at home? Come to this four day camp and we’ll make a little mischief.  

Day 1 FIRE
Who doesn’t like to eat? Want to learn how to make a few simple campfire recipes? Join us as we try out a few fun campfire recipes and eat to our heart’s content! 

Day 2 AIR
Want to fly a paper lantern? What makes a paper airplane fly? Learn how to make things that fly and try them out! 

Day 3 EARTH
What would it be like to live in the woods? Learn about animals and plants that live in the forest while we design our own fort!

Day 4 WATER
Do you like to play in the water? Today is all about water! Make a paper boat, a paper water bomb and a propeller boat! Dress to get wet!