Summer Youth Programs

2022 Summer Camps: Registration Opens March 11

We are looking forward to seeing you all this summer!  Please see below for al of our summer camp offerings, including camps in a bag. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions. 

Eco-adventures/Nature Explorers/Wilderness Explorers

Stacey Clementz

217-896-2455

[email protected]

 

Garden Adventures/Tiny Tot Garden Camp

Garden Adventures Day Camp 

Tiny Tots Garden Camp 

Marina Montez-Ellis

217-586-2612

[email protected]

 

Boredom Busters/Craft Camp/Four Elements Camp

Katie Snyder

217-586-2612

[email protected]

 

Junior Golf/Junior Golf Lessons

David Sebestik

217-586-2183

[email protected] 

 

Scholarships Available

Scholarships are available that cover half the cost of individual camps and open to all children. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship for your child(ren) please email Stacey at [email protected] 

In-Person Camps

Craft Camp in the Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden

Wednesdays, July 13-August 3,  10-11:30 a.m.

Discovery Garden/Museum of the Grand Prairie

Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve

Ages 6-10

Fee: $40 per child

Register at http://apm.activecommunities.com/ccfpd/Activity_Search/1525

Do you love making crafts that connect with nature and history? Do you enjoy spending time outside? Then join us for this new camp where we will make crafts while we take in the beauty of our Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden!

July 13: Sand Area

Today we will hang out in the sand area of the botanical gardens, while we make crafts that use different kinds of sand as part of our materials. 

July 20: Gazebo

There are so many beautiful flowers surrounding our gazebo! Today we will make crafts that feature flowers found in our gardens in the summer.

July 27: Nature Trail

Do you like the wilder side of nature? Today we will spend some time in our Nature Trail right next to the botanical gardens, and incorporate that side of nature into our crafting.

August 3: Pond

Who doesn’t love our pond and the iconic red bridge? Today we will work down by the pond as we create crafts that have to do with the plants and animals that live in and by the water. 

 

Eco-adventures Day Camp

June 14-July 15 (no camp the week of June 28-July 1)

New This Year! Only 4 days instead of 6!
 
Age 3*-Age 11 

Fee: $30 per child 

 

Choose one of the following:

1. Time: 10-11:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m.**

2. Location and Day: 

Tuesdays and Wednesdays: Homer Lake Forest Preserve; 

Thursdays and Fridays: Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve 

*Must be 3 years old by the first week of camp

** Afternoon programs limited to children age 3 to age 8 

To register for Eco-adventures, visit https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/ccfpd/activity/search and search using the correct code below (or type in Eco-adventures for all offerings). 

Homer Lake - Tuesday
3-5 years old, 10-11:30am, 6533
6-8 years old, 10-11:30am, 6534
9-11 years old, 10-11:30am, 6535

Homer Lake - Wednesday
3-5 years old, 10-11:30am, 6536
6-8 years old, 10-11:30am, 6537
9-11 years old, 10-11:30am, 6538

3-5 years old, 1-2:30pm, 6539
6-8 years old,  1-2:30pm, 6540

Lake of the Woods - Thursday
3-5 years old, 10-11:30am, 6528
6-8 years old, 10-11:30am, 6529
9-11 years old, 10-11:30am, 6530

3-5 years old, 1-2:30pm, 6531
6-8 years old, 1-2:30pm, 6532

Lake of the Woods - Friday
3-5 years old, 10-11:30am, 6523
6-8 years old, 10-11:30am, 6524
9-11 years old, 10-11:30am, 6525


3-5 years old, 1-2:30pm, 6526
6-8 years old, 1-2:30pm, 6527

Eco-adventures day camp is nature-based camp that meets once a week for four weeks. Each day we have a different topic. See below for the list and descriptions of topics. 

Week 1 (June 14-17): Amazing Pollinators

Take flight and get ready to explore the fascinating and necessary role of pollinators. Campers will learn about the awesome abilities of bees, beetles and butterflies as pollinators. 

Week 2 (June 21-24): Animal Architects

Critters can build it better, stronger and faster. We’ll investigate how nature’s amazing builders create and design. 

Week 3 (July 5-July 8): Wacky Science

Science is all around us! We will get messy and creative with hands-on experiments that may boom, bubble and more! 

Week 4 (July 12-July 15): Nature Survivor

Channel your inner wilderness expert as we develop your outdoor living skills with exciting hands-on activities. We will learn skills that prepare you for all kinds of outdoor experiences.

To register for Eco-adventures, visit https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/ccfpd/activity/search and search using the correct code below (or type in Eco-adventures for all offerings). 

 

Fire, Earth, Air and Water: The Four Elements Camp

Wednesdays, June 1-June 22, 10-11:30 a.m.

Museum of the Grand Prairie

Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve

Ages 9-11

Fee: $40 per child

Register at http://apm.activecommunities.com/ccfpd/Activity_Search/1523

 

Want to learn how to build a fort and cook on a fire? How do things float on the air and water? Do things you may not get to do at home. Come join us for four Wednesday mornings in June, as we explore the four elements!

June 1: Fire

Who doesn’t like to eat? Want to learn to make a few simple campfire recipes? We’ll try out a few fun campfire recipes and eat to our heart’s content!

June 8: 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 15: Air

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

June 22: Water

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

 

Nature Explorers Preschool Program 

June 8, 9:30-11 a.m. 

Salt Fork Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve 

Fee: $10 per child 

Register at http://apm.activecommunities.com/ccfpd/Activity_Search/1548

This program is designed for children 3-5 years old and one parent/guardian. Join a naturalist at the preserves to explore the outdoors. This program will be centered around the book A Tree For Me by Nancy Van Laan. We will do hands-on activities and a hike. Parent/guardian is required to attend with their children.

 

Nature Explorers Preschool Program 

June 9, 9:30-11 a.m. 

Elks Lake Pavilion, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve 

Fee: $10 per child 

Register at http://apm.activecommunities.com/ccfpd/Activity_Search/1549

 

This program is designed for children 3-5 years old and one parent/guardian. Join a naturalist at the preserves to explore the outdoors. This program will be centered around the book Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose. We will do hands-on activities and a hike. Parent/guardian is required to attend with their children.

 

Wilderness Explorers 

July 19, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 

Salt Fork Center Homer Lake Forest Preserve 

Ages 6-12 

Fee: $10 per child 

Register at http://apm.activecommunities.com/ccfpd/Activity_Search/1545

 

July 20, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 

Elks Lake Pavilion Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve 

Ages 6-12 

Fee: $10 per child 

Register at http://apm.activecommunities.com/ccfpd/Activity_Search/1546

 

July 21, 10 a.m.-12pm 

Activity Center Middle Fork River Forest Preserve 

Ages 6-12 

Fee: $10 per child

Register at http://apm.activecommunities.com/ccfpd/Activity_Search/1547

Investigate nature through woodland expeditions, scav­enger hunts, and games! We’ll hike and explore our way through the preserve. 

 

Junior Golf Camp

July 11-14

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Cost: $100 per junior

Limited to first 25 participants

To register contact: (217) 586-2183 or email [email protected]  

The junior golf camp is for ages 10-17 and is a more hands-on and in-depth teaching of the game of golf, its rules and proper etiquette. 

 

Junior Golf Clinics

Tuesday’s, June 7, 14, 21, 28

Lake of the Woods Golf Course

Ages 8-9: 1-1:55 p.m.

Ages 10-12: 2-2:55 p.m.

Ages 13-17: 3-3:55 p.m.

To register contact: (217) 586-2183 or email [email protected]   

Get your youngsters involved in the wonderful world of golf. Our golf professionals and staff

will provide them with all the skills they need to enjoy the game of golf in this group setting.

  • Option 1: $50 per Junior
     4 Hours of Instruction
     Handout Materials

  • Option 2: $60 per Junior
    Option 1 plus comeback coupons

  • Option 3: $75 per Junior
    Option 2 plus individual lesson with PGA Professional

Attendance is not mandatory. We understand that summer is a busy time. If your child can’t attend a session, there is no need to let us know, we do not expect perfect attendance. 


Camps in a Bag

Boredom Busters Camp in a Bag 

July 11-15 (pick up of camp in a bag) 

Pick up at Museum of the Grand Prairie 

Ages 6-10, $10 per bag 

Order at http://apm.activecommunities.com/ccfpd/Activity_Search/1526

 

Do you wish your kids had lots of fun things to make and do that don’t involve screen time this summer, but you don’t have time to gather all the materials yourself? This Camp in a Bag might be just what you are looking for! In this bag you will find all the materials needed to complete fun activities focused around history and nature at home! 

Registration is limited and closes July 5th or when full. Remote Campers will pick up Camp in a Bag the week of July 11-15 between the hours 1-5 at Museum of the Grand Prairie. Accompanying instructional videos will stream on Facebook, the week of July 18-22.

 

For more information on camps in a bag contact Katie at [email protected] or 217-586-3360.