Nature Camps

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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.

Trails & Treasures II: Solve riddles and find hidden treasure as you uncover new clues each day on a journey through the woods, wetlands and prairies at Lyman Woods.

Bug Safari: Discover the differences between insects, spiders and other bugs as you hunt through the prairie, wetlands and forest in search of tiny creatures.

I Spy Nature: Discover different plants and animals that call Lyman Woods home. Each day we will "spy" something different!

Wild Senses: Touch, smell, sight, hearing-and event taste will help us explore how animals use their senses.

I Wish I Was a...: Learn all about our woodland creatures through creative play, costumes and make-believe!

Animal Olympics: Put your skills to the test by participating in fun challenges while learning about the cool and crazy things animals can do!

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.

Water Works: Dip into the wetlands, ponds and stream to reveal what lurks in the muck and ooze.

Finders Keepers: From colorful bird feathers to cool rocks, this week is all about collecting the treasures of nature.

Rock Hounds: Journey into the world of geology by digging into Lyman Woods. Trek our glacial kame to find granite and other minerals.

Tribes & Traditions: Bring to life the tools and techniques used throughout history by Native American tribes and cultures who used to live on the prairies of Illinois.

Dark, Dank--and Dead! Learn all about decomposition and deconstruction as we explore the not-so-pretty side of nature.

Animal Olympics: Put your skills to the test by participating in fun challenges while learning about the cool and crazy things animals can do!

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.

Muscles, Bones and Guts: Explore how animals are built. Learn about functions of body parts and organs and the adaptions that help animals survive.

NatureTube: Express your creative side as you help create a nature YouTube series!

Habitat Heroes: Help us build inviting habitats to observe and save wildlife!

Forest Forts: Try your hand at building a fort to withstand the elements of nature!

Backwoods Beats: Use the noises of nature to create your own music and learn how sounds and songs are used in the animal world.

Animal Olympics: Put your skills to the test by participating in fun challenges while learning about the cool and crazy things animals can do!


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.


Before & After Care available for full-day camps!