Children Ages 6-12
This full-day, week long camp allows time for hiking, swimming, crafts, games, canoeing, and much more.
Monday through Wednesday, campers explore Rock Springs Conservation Area. On Thursdays, campers go for a swim. On Fridays, campers take a field trip. (Two field trips are scheduled for Wednesdays.) Earth Adventure campers should bring a sack lunch, although morning and afternoon snacks will be provided. Remember to always dress for the weather and for getting dirty, since we have many adventures in store!
Camp meets at the Information Shelter at Rock Springs Conservation Area. Pick and choose which weeks to come, or attend all ten from June 6 through August 12. Space is limited to 40 campers each week.
Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm
Fee: $115/camper each week
Discount: $15 off each week for every additional sibling
Morning & After Care
Children will play games, color, draw, read books, and more.
Morning Care: Monday – Friday, 7–9am
Fee: $10/camper each week
After Care: Monday – Friday, 4–6pm
Fee: $10/camper each week
Campers may be dropped off or picked up at any time
during Morning and After Care hours.
|Scales, Shells and Slime||
June 6 – June 10
|Children will get up close and personal with smooth snakes, singing frogs, and sneaky subterranean salamanders, but don’t be afraid, touching isn’t required. Campers will discover what they eat, where they live and help care for some.
Field Trip: Friday, June 10 – Henson Robinson Zoo and Lincoln Memorial Gardens, Springfield, IL. We will enjoy a guided tour of the zoo and then discover the trees Lincoln would have known as a boy in the woods.
|Third Rock from the Sun||
June 13 – June 17
|Earth is a rocky planet located in just the right place in space. Campers will investigate rocks, minerals, and crystals, search for fossils, and visit the star lab.
Field Trip: Wednesday, June 15 – Staerkle Planetarium, Champaign, IL and Allerton Park, Monticello, IL. We will immerse ourselves in space at the planetarium with the “Prairie Stars” program and on the way home we will stroll through the fascinating formal gardens and sculptures of Allerton Park.
|Descendants of the Dinosaurs||
June 20 – June 24
|Dinosaurs still walk the earth in the form of our feathered friends, the birds, and they are truly amazing. Campers will observe and monitor local birds, make a bird house, and meet and greet live exotic birds. Sponsored by the Decatur Audubon Society.
Field Trip: Friday, June 24 – Illinois Raptor Center, Decatur, IL and Fort Daniel Conservation Area, Mt. Zion, IL. We will tour the Illinois Raptor Center’s rehabilitation and education central and then explore the trails and creek at Fort Daniel Conservation Area as we look for wildlife.
June 27 – July 1
|Many animals can put on a great show. Campers will discover animals that are masters of disguise, some that are tricksters and others the strut their stuff. They will also explore showmanship in humans and try some tricks too.
Field Trip: Friday, July 1 – Bethel School at Friends Creek Conservation Area, Argenta, IL. Campers will attend a one room school and meet the living history volunteers who bring the experience to life. In the afternoon they will enjoy “Vintage Amusements” and learn about the importance of the circus, magic, and medicine shows in past times.
|Great Balls of Fur||
July 5 – July 8
|Ungulates to rodents, big cats to whales, all mammals share similar characteristics. Campers will observe teeth, skulls, and pelts, discover the mammals of Illinois, and explore mammal habitats and learn about training mammals.
Field Trip: Friday, July 8 – Miller Park Zoo and Miller Spray Park, Bloomington, IL. From the big cats to the river otters, Miller Park Zoo is a great place to see and touch to natural world. In the afternoon we will enjoy a refreshing romp in Miller Spray Park, the newest trend in water play. Bring your swimsuit and a towel.
July 11 – July 15
|This week campers will explore the wetland using dip nets, learn about fish and fishing, learn to canoe, and play wild and wacky water games.
Field Trip: Friday, July 15 – Lake Shelbyville Dam, Visitors Center and Beach, Shelbyville, IL. Who wouldn’t like to go inside a dam? We will get to on this exciting field trip. We will also tour the Visitor Center/Museum and swim at the beach – no sharks allowed.
July 18 – July 22
|This week, campers will learn more about themselves and their abilities. They will participate in archery, team building, canoeing, survival skills, sharing, and also explore their creative side.
Field Trip: Friday, July 22 – The Upper Limits Rock Climbing, Bloomington, IL and Weldon Springs State Park, Clinton, IL. The final quest will be Rock Climbing with professional instructors. On our way home we will stop at Weldon Springs State Park for a relaxing afternoon and a peek in the Union School Visitor Center.
July 25 – July 29
|So many bugs, so little time. Insects can be pests, but they are critical to the health of natural systems. Camper will net insects, meet a real bee keeper, and discover the latest in insect and spider robotics.
Field Trip: Wednesday, July 27 – U of I Pollinatarium, Champaign, IL and Anita Purves Nature Center, Urbana, IL. We will visit this unique facility devoted to plants and pollinators. Campers will encounter a demonstration hive with live bees, enjoy interactive games and exhibits, and learn about native bees and butterflies. In the afternoon we will visit Anita Purves Nature Center and see their live screech owl.
August 1 – August 5
|Campers will consider animal behavior in nature and human nature as well. We will explore predator-prey relationships, look for examples of camouflage and mimicry, and learn about ourselves at the same time.
Field Trip: Friday Aug. 5 – Illinois State Military Museum and Carpenter Park, Springfield, IL. We will honor those who served with a visit to the Military Museum and then explore the wooded trails of Carpenter Park’s hills, ravines and lowland.
August 8 – August 12
|The early explorers were a hardy bunch, they had to be to survive in the wilderness. Campers will explore a creek, practice archery and survival skills, and learn how to portage a canoe.
Field Trip: Friday, Aug. 12 – Scovill Zoo and Lake Decatur, Decatur, IL. The Decatur Yacht Club instructors will introduce sailing and later we will explore Scovill Zoo and see exotic animals from all over the world.
Need more information? Call (217) 423-7708 or visit the Camps page.