Nature Camps

2018 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE PARENT LETTER FORMS

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Spend your summer outside on an adventure to discover nature! Led by a team of naturalists, instructors and volunteers, campers will spend time outdoors playing, exploring and making new friends in our beautiful forest preserve. Camps include daily snacks and a t-shirt for each week.


Half-day and Full-day Nature Camps

Half-day and Full-day Nature Camps have campers exploring weekly themed adventures at Lyman Woods. Conveniently located off I-88, our nature camps are a great option for working parents. Before- and after-care options and transportation is available in conjunction with Adventure Camp at the Lincoln Center. Call the Interpretive Center at 630.963.9388 for more details.

Ages 4-5

Choose from morning or afternoon options. Full day camp is not available for 4-5 year olds.

Bird Buddies: Soar over to Lyman Woods to learn about our feathered friends!

Trails & Treasures: Discover new clues each day that will lead you on a journey through the woods, wetlands and prairies at Lyman Woods.

Paws & Claws: Discover the furry animals that call Lyman Woods home. Learn what makes a mammal, follow mammal tracks and learn to identify animals by their scat!

Animal Babies: From polliwogs to pups, learn all about the animal babies of Lyman Woods!

Garden Patch Kids: Pick and snack on fresh summer organic veggies, plant seeds and seedlings for the fall crop and learn about plant sprouts and cycles.

Trail Tales: Explore storybook creatures and prowl the woods searching for their real counterparts.


AGES 6-8

Choose from morning only, afternoon only or full-day camp options. Morning and afternoon sessions feature different activities. Snacks will be provided, but please send a lunch with any full-day campers.

Stinky, Slimy Science: Plan to get messy during this camp all about the stinky and slimy side of nature!

Bug Out!: Hunt through the fields, woods and wetlands for the tiny but col creatures we call insects!

Nature Spies: Using investigative tools, we'll solve the riddles and study the spy skills of the animal world, from camouflage to stealthy stalking.

Trail Trekkers: Gear up to prowl the woods and discover which animals are leaving all the tracks and trails behind.

Jr. Survivors: Discover new wilderness skills! Explore maps, learn campfire safety, build a shelter and much more!

Nature's Palette: From creating your own paints and pigments to creating sculptures, we'll explore all the ways nature and art are connected.


AGES 9-12

Choose from morning only, afternoon only or full-day camp options. Morning and afternoon sessions feature different activities. Snacks will be provided, but please send a lunch with any full-day campers.

Backwoods Survivor: Find out if you have what it takes to survive the wilds of Lyman Woods! We'll learn new wilderness skills and put them to the test!

Nature Tube: Campers will learn how to put together short videos, from script to storyboard to screen.

BioBlitz: Become a citizen scientist and explore every area of Lyman Woods, from the forest to the wetland.

Junior Beekeepers: Suit up and join our beekeeper to investigate the inner workings of a beehive. Inspect real frames of bees and even harvest honey from the hives!

Myths & Mysteries: The woods are full of myths and mysteries! We'll use scientific techniques and conduct experiments to discover the true stories behind different urban legends and strange happenings.

Wetland Waders: Step into streams, wade into the wetlands and march through the marsh!


Wild Child NaturePlay Camp

AGES 0-5

Bring out your child's wild side and meet new friends during our nature play camp! Our Naturalist will lead as you explore Lyman Woods with your children through outdoor activity stations, nature play in the Wild Woods, and nature art. Each day will feature new themes and activities so sign up for both sessions! No charge for infant siblings under 12 months. Dress for the weather and to get messy! An adult must accompany their child(ren) during this program.