OVERNIGHT ADVENTURES AT LYMAN WOODS

Bring your group to Lyman Woods for a fun-filled camping experience!

Whether you're a Scout group, a youth group, a birthday party, school, camp, or just a large family, Lyman Woods is the perfect place to go camping! You can simply rent the space and bring your own food and activities, or let the staff at Lyman Woods plan a whole evening of fun for you! Choose from camping outside, or having a sleepover in the Interpretive Center! Our Overnight Adventures last from 6pm on Friday or Saturday to 8am the next morning.

Activities Program

This is an hour long program led by one of our trained Lyman Woods instructors. Activity program topics include:

  • Astronomy
  • Nature at Night
  • Owls
  • Scout Badge (inquire about badges offered)
  • Frogs (seasonal)

What is provided?

We will provide the space to set up tents, access to flush bathrooms, and a staff member to stay on site the whole night for your piece of mind and any questions that arise during your stay. Depending on the extras chosen, we may provide a dinner (hot dogs, buns, condiments, chips, and water), s'mores snack, an hour night hike or badge program, and a light breakfast in the morning (donuts, muffins, fruit, and juice).

What do I bring?

As a group, you are responsible for bringing your own tents (if sleeping outside), sleeping bags, camp mats, toiletries, food (if not chosen as an extra), games, etc. Please note that you will not have access to the campfire unless the extra is purchased. We do not allow patrons to use the campfire and wood without a staff member tending it.

General Rules

Lyman Woods is jointly owned by the Downers Grove Park District, Village of Downers Grove, and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. We are categorized as a Nature Preserve and as such certain rules apply to our visitors and those staying on our grounds overnight:

  1. Be respectful of nature - this includes not picking plants or flowers or walking off trail.
  2. Do not take anything you find at Lyman Woods home with you or bring plants or animals to release here.
  3. No pets allowed.
  4. Campers are responsible for putting their garbage in the required receptacles.
  5. Camp only in the designated spot shown to you by a Lyman Woods staff member.
  6. The campfire is only to be used if purchased and operated by a Lyman Woods staff member.
  7. There is a 10pm curfew and lights out.

Fees

The Basic Overnight package includes use of the space (indoor or outdoor) for up to 20 guests. The Basic Overnight fee is required as a deposit for all Overnight Adventures. We require 1 adult for every 5 children on overnights.

Item Fee
Basic Overnight (Up to 20 guests) $260
Additional Guests (Over 20 guests) $13

Extras

Extras are optional and can be added to enhance your experience.

Item Fee
Activity Program (1.5 hours, up to 15 children*) $90
Additional Child for Activity Program (Over 15 children) $6 each
30-minute Campfire & S'mores $40
Lawn Games (Bags, Hula Hoops, Giant Jenga, Balls, etc) $40
Dinner (Hot dogs, Chips, Drink) $3 each (Min. 10)
Light Breakfast (Donuts or Muffins, Fruit, Juice) $3 each (Min. 10)
*The maximum of 20 includes children and adults. For groups over 30 people, call Lyman Woods for large group rates and options at 630.963.9388.

How to Register

We offer overnights on Friday and Saturday evenings. Dates will be released on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call Lyman Woods at 630.963.9388 or email lymanwoods@dgparks.org to inquire about availability. Please note in order to secure the date, we require the $260 Basic Overnight fee to be paid at the time of registration. Any extras can be added and paid for up to one week before the overnight. Due to supplies, we cannot guarantee extra choices will be available less than one week before the overnight.

Cancellations/Refunds

For cancellations more than a week in advance, $160 of the deposit will be refunded. Cancellation less than a week in advance results in a forfeit of the $260 deposit. If needed, overnights can be rescheduled and the deposit can be transferred. Please note that we do not give refunds due to weather. If weather is inclement, the group will have the option to move indoors if possible. Our indoor space can comfortably accommodate 20 guests for sleeping. For larger groups, overnights will have to be cancelled or transferred before the night of and follow our cancellation policy.


girl scouts at lyman woods

Bring your Girl Scout Troop to Lyman Woods for an unforgettable adventure!

With over 135 acres of natural habitats (including woodlands, wetlands, and prairie) and two and a half miles of trails, we offer scouts with year round opportunities to earn badges.

Fees and Scheduling

Programs are offered at 1, 1.5, or 2 hour options, depending on program chosen and recommendation of the staff. Programs can be done at your facility, but are designed to be done at Lyman Woods. We do have a minimum group size of 8 scouts or the corresponding fee. Please see below for pricing:

Program Length Fee Outreach
1 hour $6/scout; $48 minimum $7/scout;$56 minimum
1.5 hours $8/scout; $64 minimum $9/scout; $72 minimum
2 hours $10/scout; $80 minimum $11/scout; $88 minimum

Specialty programs are available to any level and are a set length and fee:

Program Length Fee
Fishing 1.5 hours $11/scout; $88 minimum
Archery 2 hours $12/scout; $96 minimum (16 max)
Team Building 2 hours $12/scout; $96 minimum
Nature at Night 1.5 hours $9/scout; $72 minimum (8 scout min.)
Camping/Overnight Adventure 6pm-8am $260 base; additional fees apply for activities, dinner, breakfast, campfire, games

If you are interested in scheduling a Girl Scout program or would like more information, please contact Lyman Woods: (630) 963-9388 or lymanwoods@dgparks.org.

Badges Available

Daisy:

  • Super Science Explorer
  • Outdoor Art Maker
  • Eco Learner
  • Daisy Trail Adventure
  • Clover Petal
  • Rose Petal

Brownie:

  • Pets
  • Senses
  • Home Scientist
  • Space Science Adventurer
  • Letterboxer
  • Outdoor Art Creator
  • Eco Friend
  • Bugs
  • Outdoor Adventurer
  • Hiker
  • Brownie Trail Adventure (not full badge)
  • Cabin Camper
  • Household Elf
  • Brownie First Aid

Junior:

  • Animal Habitats
  • Detective
  • Space Science Investigator
  • Geocacher
  • Outdoor Art Explorer
  • Flowers
  • Camper
  • Gardener
Cadette:
  • Night Owl
  • Outdoor Art Apprentice
  • Eco Trekker
  • Trees
  • Archery
  • Trailblazing
Senior:
  • Eco Explorer
  • Sky


Cub Scouts at Lyman Woods

Bring your Cub Scout Den to Lyman Woods for an unforgettable adventure!

With over 135 acres of natural habitats (including woodlands, wetlands, and prairie) and two and a half miles of trails, we offer scouts with year round opportunities to earn badges.

Fees and Scheduling

Programs are offered at 1, 1.5, or 2 hour options, depending on program chosen and recommendation of the staff. Programs can be done at your facility, but are designed to be done at Lyman Woods. We do have a minimum group size of 8 scouts or the corresponding fee. Please see below for pricing:

Program Length Fee Outreach
1 hour $6/scout;$48 minimum $7/scout; $56 minimum
1.5 hours $8/scout;$64 minimum $9/scout; $72 minimum
2 hours $10/scout;$80 minimum $11/scout; $88 minimum

Specialty programs are available to any level and are a set length and fee:

Program Length Fee
Fishing 1.5 hours $11/scout; $88 minimum
Archery 2 hours $12/scout; $96 minimum (16 max)
Team Building 2 hours $12/scout; $96 minimum
Nature at Night 1.5 hours $9/scout; $72 minimum (8 scouts min.)
Camping/Overnight Adventure 6pm-8am $260 base; additional fees apply for activities, dinner, breakfast, campfire, games

If you are interested in scheduling a Cub Scout program or would like more information, please contact Lyman Woods: (630) 963-9388 or lymanwoods@dgparks.org

Badges Available:

Lion

  • Mountain Lion
  • Ready, Set, Grow!

Tiger

  • My Tiger Jungle
  • Sky is the Limit
  • Tigers in the Wild

Wolf

  • Paws on the Path
  • Call of the Wild
  • Digging in the Past
  • Finding your way
  • Air of the Wolf

Bear

  • Fur, Feathers, & Ferns
  • Bear Necessities
  • A Bear Goes Fishing
  • Beat of the Drum

Webelos

  • Cast Iron Chef
  • Webelos Walkabout
  • Camper
  • Outdoorsman*
  • Castaway*
  • Earth Rocks*
  • Into the Wild*
  • Into the Woods*
* Arrow of Light requirements