Earth Adventures

Children Ages 6-12
Campers will explore science, nature, and history through outdoor exploration and play in this full-day, Monday-Friday camp.

The theme for 2019 is Save Our Green. Campers will learn about different habitats, endangered species, and how they can help our planet.

Monday through Wednesday, campers explore Rock Springs Conservation Area. On Thursdays, campers go for a swim. On Fridays, campers take a field trip. Earth Adventure campers should bring a sack lunch. 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 nine from June 3 through August 9. (Note camp will not be held the week of July 4th.) Space is limited to 40 campers each week.

Online Registration

Camp Dates & Times

Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm
$120/camper each week
Discount: $15 off each week for every additional sibling

Morning & After Care

Children play games, create crafts, read books, and more.
Morning Care: Monday – Friday, 7am – 9am
$10/camper each week
After Care: Monday – Friday, 4pm – 6pm
$10/camper each week
Those who opt for Morning or After Care may drop off or pick up their campers at any time during those hours.

Conservation Area Adventures | June 3 – 7

The start of our journey on becoming Earth Adventurers! Explore Rock Springs Conservation Area to learn about different animal habitats, the importance of nature, and what we can do to protect wildlife. Enjoy hiking, canoeing, critter catching, and more. On Friday we will go to the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, IL.

Don't take the Earth for Granite! | June 10 – 14

Learn about the amazing ecosystems of our world. We will explore grasslands and aquatic ecosystems, and learn what animals live in each environment. We will also make rock slime and have a gem and mineral show! On Friday we will go to the newly opened Aikman Wildlife Adventure Park.

Water we doing this week? | June 17 – 21

Well, that’s a good question! Our adventures lead us to the water and the valuable creatures that dwell in the deeps. We will explore ponds, rivers, wetlands, and the dangers of water pollution. Our field trip this week we will be a visit to Clinton Beach, to enjoy the water and sun.

This Week is Ribbeting! | June 24 – 28

To help us further understand water quality, we’re seeking help from our amphibian and reptile partners. Campers will learn how amphibians help us track the quality of our water, and how reptiles are valuable to ecosystems. On Friday we are traveling to the Peoria Zoo!

Note: Camp will not be held the week of July 1-5.

Without Feather Ado! | July 8 – 12

Discover our avian friends! We’ll explore everything from the smallest woodpeckers to the fiercest birds of prey. Birds teach us incredibly useful things about pollution, since they require a high quality environment to survive. What better way to explore these creatures than to visit the Illinois Raptor Center for our Friday field trip!

Help Us, Earth Adventurer, You're Our Only Hope! | July 15 – 19

Earth Adventurers will learn about Earth’s endangered species, and what they can do to help them persevere! We will also learn about animals that no longer roam our world, but we can still study them through their fossils. On Friday, we will visit the Douglas-Hart Nature Center in Mattoon, IL.

You're Pollen My Leg! | July 22 – 26

Discover insects and how they provide us with the world we know today. You might not like them, at first, but each one serves a valuable purpose to our way of life and even our agriculture. Join us on Friday as we take a trip to the Pollinatarium in Champaign, IL.

Once and Floral | July 29 – August 2

Take a break to stop and smell the flowers . . . literally! We’ll explore Rock Springs Conservation Area and learn why plants are so important to us. We’ll find out why they play such an importance to not only us, but to our animal and insect friends as well. On Friday we will venture off to the University of Illinois’ Arboretum.

Once and Floral | July 29 – August 2

Exploring renewable energy is one of the most important projects we can do to help our Earth. Earth Adventurers will learn about sustainable energy, its positive impacts for our environment, and the many different ways we can help conserve our world. For our last Friday field trip we will go to Urbana’s Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center!

Need more information? Call (217) 423-7708 or visit the Camps page.