4-Year-Old Camp

Exploring nature. Making friends.

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. Our Winter Camp staff will help these young campers explore and notice the different living things that survive in our backyard habitats all winter long! In addition to increased comfort in nature and new science skills, campers will also have a chance to develop their social skills with camp friends and camp staff. The indoor exhibits and outdoors in the Nature Museum's backyard serve as the campers' classrooms of curiosity!

Camp Staff to Camper Ratio: 1:5

Dates

  • Monday, December 30, 2019

  • Tuesday, December 31, 2019

  • Thursday, January 2, 2020

  • Friday, January 3, 2020

Due to the holiday, there is no camp on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

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5 & 6-Year-Old Camp

Making connections. Working together.

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. Each camp day will focus on a new habitat⁠—exploring the wetland, woodland, prairie, and urban habitats that surround the Nature Museum. Campers act as detectives to uncover how different plants and animals survive winter in Chicago. Our Winter Camp staff is excited to play, and help guide campers to make discoveries as they explore and learn about winter's survivors.

Camp Staff to Camper Ratio: 1:7

Dates

  • Monday, December 30, 2019

  • Tuesday, December 31, 2019

  • Thursday, January 2, 2020

  • Friday, January 3, 2020

Due to the holiday, there is no camp on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

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7 to 11-Year-Old Camp

Building teams. Becoming scientists.

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. Like all good scientists, campers will have opportunities to record their notes, illustrations, and questions as they take a deep-dive in a study of these wintery habitats. Winter Camp also provides campers a chance to collaborate and share what they learn with their team, strengthening communication skills and fostering friendships.

Camp Staff to Camper Ratio: 1:7

Dates

  • Monday, December 30, 2019

  • Tuesday, December 31, 2019

  • Thursday, January 2, 2020

  • Friday, January 3, 2020

Due to the holiday, there is no camp on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

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Get prepared for the first day of camp with these resources.

winter CAMP SOCIAL NARRATIVE

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 Nature Museum Winter Camp social narrative with your child before their first day.

SAMPLE CAMP DAY SCHEDULE

What does a day at Nature Museum Winter Camp look like? Get an overview of a typical day’s activities and more with our sample schedule.