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Summer Camp 2020 registration is now open!

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Camps immerse children into the wonderful world of nature and science! Campers will develop their critical thinking and social skills by spending fun-filled days inside and outside the Nature Museum. They will participate in hands-on exploration including science and art projects, nature play, animal encounters, and so much more. We encourage campers to take the lead and we provide them with space to explore the nature of Chicago at their own pace with tools selected (or built!) by them.

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

Please email the Camp Directors at with further questions.

“He loved exploring the nature trails around the museum; we heard about anything to do with bugs and animals.” – Camp Parent 

Jump To: Four Year Old Camps | Five & Six Year Old Camps | Seven & Eight Year Old Camps | Nine, Ten & Eleven Year Old Camps | Registration

Four Year Old Camps:

Four Year Old Campers

Four-year-old campers participate in child-led outdoor play, hands-on sensory activities, animal encounters, art, and outdoor adventures. Our trained counselors help them navigate student-driven explorations and develop new friendships.

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Five & Six Year Old Camps:

Five and Six Year Old Campers

Five and six-year-old campers explore, investigate, and question the world around them during these unique sessions. Our staff are excited to play, get dirty, and help guide campers to make discoveries as they explore the natural world.

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Seven & Eight Year Old Camps:

Seven and Eight Year Old Campers

Seven and eight-year-old campers develop science skills by investigating and exploring the Nature Museum and the outdoors. Each session includes a field trip.

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Nine, Ten & Eleven Year Old Camps:

Nine, Ten and Eleven Year Old Campers

Nine through eleven-year-old campers sharpen their problem-solving and STEM skills as they learn about, construct and design solutions to real-world problems. Each session includes multiple off-site field trips.

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Registration is open! Click here to learn more.
Please email the Camp Directors at with further questions.

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