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Registration Underway For The Morton Arboretum's 2016 Summer Science Camp

Children can explore the Arboretum grounds through Summer Science Camp.
February 10, 2016

Registration is underway for The Morton Arboretum’s 2016 Summer Science Camp, which promotes active learning and outdoor exploration all summer long. This season features more than 100 camps for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade. From June 6 through August 12, each week-long camp will immerse kids in the world of nature as they play the part of environmental avenger, build a forest fort or even wade through wetlands in search of critters that live underwater.

The Arboretum’s Summer Science Camp sessions take place on the grounds of the Arboretum. Each full- or half-day session is taught by a highly qualified educator and follows an age-appropriate and engaging curriculum. To fit parents’ schedules, the Arboretum will offer morning and afternoon supervised play from 8-9 a.m. and 3-5:30 p.m. as well as supervised lunch in between half-day camps for an additional fee.

“Whether it is wading in the wetlands, parading through the prairie or building a fort in the forest, campers at The Morton Arboretum’s Summer Science Camp experience a world of wonder,” says Meghan Wiesbrock, the Arboretum’s manager of curriculum and instruction. “Summer is a time for play and exploration, and our campers experience these through hands-on experiments, playful crafts and nature-based challenges.  It’s an exciting time of the year, and campers have a blast while learning at the same time.”

Two new sessions this year are Eco-Challenge and Environmental Avengers, which will explore habitats and how to protect them. Other sessions will feature exciting new activities, including Feathers and Scales, Extreme Bugs, Eco-Mythbusters, Cold-blooded Creature, Eric Carle's Friends, and Young Impressionists.

Click here for a copy of the 2016 Summer Science Camp brochure, including details on all 100-plus sessions being offered.

Teens 14 to 16 years old can apply by April 3 for the Counselor in Training (CIT) program to become a volunteer Summer Science Camp assistant.

Camp fees are $165 for members ($195 for nonmembers) per week for half-day sessions and $295 for members ($350 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 Camp is supported by a grant from Molex Corporation.