Registration now open for 2018 Summer Science Camp at The Morton Arboretum

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Summer Science Camp will begin in June.
February 6, 2017

Summer is a wonderful time to explore the woodlands, wetlands, and prairie of The Morton Arboretum. It’s also a great time for kids ages 3 to 14 to spend the sun-filled days of the season actively learning about the natural world around them during The Morton Arboretum’s 2018 Summer Science Camps.

Taking place June 4 through August 10, the 2018 season includes more than 100 week-long camps for kids in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.  Some of the new sessions offered this year include:

  • Growing Up Green, which will draw kids into the life cycle of the creatures that call the Arboretum home
  • Guardians of the Greenery, a camp that will introduce kids to the planet’s “eco-defenders”
  • Filming in the Forest, where kids will capture the action, both big and small, taking place among the trees
  • Hopping through Habitats, which examines all the ways animals travel around the Arboretum
  • Vitamin N, focusing on healthy, outdoor activities for mind and body and the important connection between nature and wellness

Additional sessions will feature exciting opportunities to build forest forts, search for forest fairies, and learn how to study seeds and leaves just like an Arboretum scientist.

“The natural world is always changing and growing, so no two days in The Morton Arboretum’s 1,700-acre classroom are the same,” said Meghan Wiesbrock, the Arboretum’s manager of curriculum and instruction. “Our camps teach science in a way that is fun and impactful—kids can scoop up a sample from Lake Marmo and find an underwater world teeming with life or hike through the forest, learning about the many different trees found on our grounds and the ways in which they support animals, birds, and insects.”

The Arboretum’s Summer Science Camps take place on the grounds of the Arboretum. Each full- or half-day session is taught by an instructor with a strong educational background and previous experience working with children. All camps follow an age-appropriate and engaging curriculum. To fit parents’ schedules, the Arboretum will offer afternoon supervised play from 3-3:30 p.m. and 3-5:30 p.m. as well as supervised lunch in between half-day camps for an additional fee.

Click here for an online copy of the 2018 Summer Science Camps brochure, including details on all 100-plus sessions being offered. The Arboretum strives to provide accessible experiences for all children. For more information on accessibility at Summer Science Camps, call 630-719-4890.

Those entering seventh, eighth, or ninth grade who are interested in volunteering with our Summer Science Camps are encouraged to learn about our youth volunteer program. The selection process takes place in April.

Camp fees are $180 for members ($210 for nonmembers) per week for half-day sessions and $325 for members ($380 for nonmembers) per week for full-day sessions. Payment is due in full at time of registration. Registration fee includes a Summer Science Camp T-shirt.

The Morton Arboretum’s Summer Science Camps are accredited by the American Camp Association. Summer Science Camps are supported by sponsor Molex Corporation.