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.
“THIS IS WHAT CAMP SHOULD BE. NATURE MUSEUM CAMP IS A UNIQUE AND MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE THAT I WANT MY CHILDREN TO HAVE FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE.”
It wouldn’t be summer camp without the chance to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. That’s why Nature Museum daily camp schedules are designed for campers to spend more than half their day outside participating in group activities, nature exploration, and more! Whether it’s a game, a craft, a nature walk, or an outdoor science project, camp activities are designed to entertain and educate at the same time. 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.
“THE STAFF AND PROGRAM ARE WHY WE’VE BEEN ATTENDING CAMP FOR FIVE YEARS. THE STAFF ARE INCREDIBLE.”
Developed and led by Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Camp team, our camp curriculum fosters social and science skills while cultivating a love of nature and learning. The Nature Museum’s summer day camps are offered in four two-week sessions designed for children ages 4 through 11. This approach emphasizes learning and fun, while giving kids time to bond with their counselors and fellow campers.
All Nature Museum camps have a high staff to camper ratio. Four-year-old camp sessions have one staff member for every five campers (1:5). Five & six–year-old and seven & eight– year–old camp sessions have one staff member for every seven campers (1:7). Nine to eleven- year-old camp sessions have one staff member for every nine campers (1:9).
“THE CAMPER PAGE MADE ME – AS A WORKING PARENT – FEEL CONNECTED WITH AND APPRECIATIVE OF NATURE MUSEUM CAMP.”
Keep the camp fun going with a little help from our daily emails. Unique to the Nature Museum, these Daily Camper Pages are written by the camp directors and include photos, a summary of the day's accomplishments, and questions to spark meaningful conversation with your camper.
“IT GAVE HER A PLACE TO IDENTIFY WITH – SHE CALLED IT ‘HER’ CAMP. I WANT HER TO IDENTIFY WITH PEOPLE WHO VALUE EDUCATION, NATURE, AND KINDNESS TOWARDS OTHERS.”
Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, Nature Museum summer camp focuses on nature and science education utilizing the Museum’s outdoor and indoor spaces. During our two-week sessions, campers get the chance to explore and play in small teams as well as larger groups. This provides plenty of opportunities to build social skills and make new friends.