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Thank you for inquiring about Nature Museum Winter Camp! Registration is now closed.

Nature doesn’t take a break in the winter, and neither does camp at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum! We love to teach and learn about nature in all weather—even snow! This winter break, the Nature Museum will be hosting its annual Winter Camp, embracing all that Mother Nature has to offer during our coldest months.

Campers ages 4-11 can join the Museum for one to four fun-filled days of child-led outdoor play, science activities, live animal encounters and more! A healthy snack will be provided to campers daily. Join other camp families for complementary coffee at the Museum every morning during drop-off!

“He talked about [winter camp] more than he talks about an average school day! He was a little apprehensive going to a new place and I was thrilled he said he loved it after his first day! I will do this camp for both kids next year! Good job!!”-2017 Winter Camp parent

Please email the Camp Director at with further questions.

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Camp Dates & Pricing

2018 Winter Camp Dates

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All 4 year old camp sessions and Wait Lists are now full.

Winter Camp will take place from 9 am to 2 pm on the following days:

  • Tuesday, January 2
  • Wednesday, January 3
  • Thursday, January 4* 
    *The 4 year olds session and 5 to 6 year olds session are both full; space for 7 to 11 year olds is limited.
  • Friday, January 5

Winter Camp works with your schedule. Register your camper for one, two, three, or all four days. Save 15% when you register for all four days!

Open Registration Pricing

December 1 - December 28

$80/day ($65/day for members)

Save 15% when you register for all four days!

Camp fees include healthy snacks every day for all camp sessions.

Camp discounts are available for Nature Museum members. Click here to become a Museum member or renew your membership!

Camp Staff & Enrollment Details

Camp Staff:
Each day of Winter Camp is supervised by Camp Co-Directors. Museum education staff, College level Head Counselors, and high school Counselors lead the activities and supervise the campers throughout the day. All Winter Camp curricula are planned by museum education department staff. Camp staff members are always excited to play along, get dirty and guide campers to make discoveries while they explore the world around them. Winter Camp staff members are certified in CPR and First Aid, trained to recognize the signs of a severe allergic reaction, and trained in the administration of EpiPens.

“The staff did an excellent job of keeping my severely food-allergic child safe while also providing a rich learning environment.”-2017 Winter Camp parent

Camp Ratios:
All camps have a high staff to camper ratio. In our 4 year old camps, we have one staff member for every five campers (1:5). For our 5-6, 7-8, and 9-11 year old camps, we have one staff member for every seven campers (1:7).

Daily Parent Page:
Parents will receive an email after each day of camp with photos, a summary of the day's accomplishments, and questions to spark meaningful conversation at the dinner table.


Registration will close December 28 at 3 pm.

Please note:
- All 4 year olds camp sessions and Wait Lists are now full.
- The 5 to 6 year olds session for Thursday is now full.

*Designed for children on the Autism Spectrum and with sensory processing disorders, the Social Narrative is an appropriate resource for all children curious about what to expect from a typical camp day. Please read and discuss the Winter Camp Social Narrative with your child before their first day.

Please email the Camp Director at with further questions.

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