Children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy
Mini Camps are held year-round. In camp, children ages 1-5 explore nature with an adult buddy through crafts, activities, songs, and stories. Each camp typically includes a snack and 15-20 minutes of outdoor activities.
These camps provide a great stepping stone for little ones to spend time with other children and have the comfort of a loved one nearby.
Mini Camps are $6/child. All camps meet at Rock Springs Nature Center. Each camp accepts a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 12.
Fall Mini Camps
Delve into the world of snakes by feeling snakeskin, looking at a skeleton, and observing a real snake.
Register online by noon on September 4.
Nature is changing its appearance for a new season. Discover the colors around us and the smells of the season through hands-on activities and play.
Register online by noon on September 17.
Get a close up look at deer fur and antlers as we learn about Illinois’ largest plant eater.
Register online by noon on October 1.
Discover how nature prepares for winter by creating seeds. Children will find out what makes seeds and where we find them.
Register online by noon on October 15.
Chipmunks & Squirrels, Oh My!
Explore acrobatic squirrels and lightning fast chipmunks through song, fur, footprints, and a playful game.
Register online by noon on October 30.
Hungry, Hungry Raccoons
Check out these nocturnal masked bandits as we use our senses to look at raccoon fur, tracks, and a skull.
Register online by noon on November 13.
Mini Camps in the News
From time to time, Mini Camps appear in local media. Take a look at the fun we have during camp:
Kids, Outdoors Natural Fit – June 2016 (Decatur Herald & Review)
Warm Thoughts: Pajama Party Learns about Animal Winter Survival – January 2016 (Decatur Herald & Review)
Bite-Sized Turtle Lessons: Little Ones Introduced to Sometimes-Shy Beings – July 2015 (Decatur Herald & Review)
Collecting Colors: Rainbows Set the Tone for Rock Springs Campers – April 2015 (Decatur Herald & Review)
Need more information? Call (217) 423-7708 or visit the Camps page.