Fun-filled day camps that immerse campers into the wonderful world of nature and science.  

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Camps combine learning and fun into a day camp experience unlike any other. Our summer camps and winter camps promote discovery and play while embracing all that Mother Nature and Chicago have to offer.


Tailored sessions for every age.


4-Year-Old Camp

Our youngest campers nurture their natural curiosities as they observe, explore, and play each day at camp. Campers are encouraged to cultivate foundational science skills through child-led outdoor play, hands-on sensory activities, animal encounters, and outdoor adventures.

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5 & 6-Year-Old Camp

These campers use their natural ability to explore, investigate, and question the world around them during this unique winter camp experience. Campers use observations and basic tools to learn about how plants and animals survive winter in different habitats.

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7 to 11-Year-Old Camp

Our oldest campers use their science skills through investigations, experiments, and explorations of the Nature Museum and the outdoors. They will focus in on the winter interactions in the prairie, wetland, woodland, and urban habitats that support life in the winter.

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“Best camp in Chicago.”

Parents love our exciting and enriching nature-based learning experiences. Campers build, climb, dig, and invent while cultivating a love for nature and learning—right in the city of Chicago.


“You have taught my kids how to be kids again.”

Our unique day camp sessions give campers ages 4 to 11 the opportunity to develop new friendships while building social and science skills. The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum grounds are their classroom, fostering critical thinking strategies, social-emotional skills, and science practices through hands-on experiences with museum collections, live animal critter connections, and the natural world.