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

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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5 & 6-Year-Old Camp

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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7 & 8-Year-Old Camp

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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9, 10, & 11-Year-Old Camp

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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“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 two-week summer 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.

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