Summer Youth Programs

2018 Camps

Registration begins March 1.

Eco-Adventures Day Camp

June 12 - July 27 (no camp the week of July 2-6)
$40 per child (fee covers all 6 sessions)
Contact: 217-896-2455, sclementz@ccfpd.org

June 12-15 Outdoor Adventure
Join us to practice skills that have been used by generations of nature explorers. Learn about the plants and animals of the forest preserves; discover how to track animals and so much more. 

June 19-22  The Cycles that Surround Us
Did you know that the water on the planet is the same water that was here a million years ago? Or that fallen leaves and sticks from trees decompose into the soil that helps grow new trees? These are just a few examples of the cycles that we experience every day. We will take a closer look at these cycles and the roles that different animals and humans play in these systems.

June 26-29 Superheroes
Most of our favorite superheroes have names and powers that are modeled after the animals around us. From Spider-Man to Black Widow animals influence some our favorite characters. Join us to discover what makes these animals so super!

July 10-13 Predators!
Eyes in front, likes to hunt. Come learn about all the amazing predators living in Illinois. Use your investigative eye to explore the forest preserves and discover the predators that call it home. 

July 17-20 Grossology
Join us in an investigation of the grossest things at the forest preserves! We’ll talk slime, scat, vomit, and more as we find out how some of Illinois’ “yuckiest” animals protect themselves and more. 

July 24-27 Enchanted Forest
The forest is the most magical place to discover nature’s most mysterious plants and animals. From poison ivy to plantain, come learn to tell plant hazards from plant helpers, search for clever critter homes and leave behind houses for forest animals. 

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

June 13: Fox in Socks:

What rhymes with talk and gets you from place to place? Join us as we look at the different types of transportation people have used throughout history.

June 20: Wagons Ho!

Don’t put the cart before 

the _ _ _ _ _ ! Join us as we explore the ways people traveled across the country in covered wagons.

June 27: Row, Row, Row Your Boat!

We hope your boat floats! Join us as we explore ways of moving people from place to place using boats.

July 11: The Little Engine that Could:

All aboard! 

Chuga-chuga-choo-choo! Join us as we explore travel across the country by train.

Archaeology Full Day Camp

Tuesday, July 3 or Wednesday, July 25

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 5 
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 14-July 26 (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 14: 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 21: 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 28: 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 12: 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 19: 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 26: 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 12 - July 24 (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 12: 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 19: 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 26: 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 10: 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 17: 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 24: 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 4 - 7
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 build a fort and cook on a fire? How do things float on the air and water? Come join us to do things you may not get to do at home.  Come to this four day camp and we’ll make a little mischief!

June 4: Fire: Who doesn’t like to eat? Want to learn to make a few simple campfire recipes? Join us as we tryout a few fun recipes and eat to our heart’s content!

June 5: Air: What makes things fly? We will learn how to make things that fly and try them out!

June 6: Earth: What would it be like to live in the woods? Learn about things that live and grow in the woods while making our own fort in the forest!

June 7: Water: Do you like to play in the water? Today is all about water! We will play games with water, make boats that float and much, much more! Come ready to get wet!