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Little Sprouts Learning Center Summer Camp
Try out the Little Sprouts Learning Center for a 4- or 8-week summer session. Natural themes and materials are incorporated through outdoor and indoor activities. Each week we will discover the wonders of nature through exploration of our woodland trails, pond, creeks and meadows, while encouraging children to explore how their lives are a part of the world of nature.
Big Sprouts Camp
Join old and new friends for a one week summer session. We will discover the wonders of nature through exploration of our woodland trails, pond, creeks and meadows, while encouraging children to explore how their lives are a part of the world of nature.
Green Thumb Camp
Does your child like to dig in the dirt and get his or her hands dirty? In Green Thumb camp, they will create their own garden to take home, sow seeds, learn about pollinators, composting and worms. They will make some crafts and play some fun games. Dress for going outside and bring a water bottle and snack.
Creepy Crawlers Camp
Get some hands-on time with the crawling critters around us! Kids discover the importance of the little animals in our world, from insects and spiders to turtles and snakes. We'll try bug races and bug nets and have the opportunity to explore the forest floor and build our own bug playgrounds to take home. Dress for outside and bring a water bottle and snack.
Art in Nature Camp
Be inspired by the forest, creeks, and wildlife around you as you paint, create, and make nature-related art each day. You will hike to various points in Pilcher Park and get inspirations from the beautiful scenery. You will use different media throughout the week including paint, chalk, and clay. Bring an all-purpose art pad along with a water bottle and a snack. No previous art experience needed. Just bring your creativity and have fun!
Nature Champions Camp
Calling all Nature Champions! This camp will offer a glimpse into many fun, nature-related activities we have to offer here in Pilcher Park. Dress for outdoor play, bring water, a lunch, sunscreen, and bug repellent. Daily activities will include hiking, games, and crafts.
Up a Creek Camp
Join us for a fun week of water-related activities at Pilcher Park. We will wade in ponds and trudge in creeks throughout the park. Dipping, scooping, collecting and measuring are just some of the fun activities involved in getting wet n' wild. Learn about the creek's habitats and the critters that live there. Dress for the weather and wear old clothes that can get wet. Bring along a snack each day and a water bottle, bug spray, sunscreen, and change of clothes.
You are on a bus tour driving along a mountain road...the tire blows out and causes the bus to slide off the road into the trees...the bus lands on its side...people are hurt...it's up to you to save the group! How will you survive until a rescue party finds you? What should you bring along on such a trip? Do you know basic first aid to treat the injured? Do you know how to use a compass to find your way? Can you make a shelter? How about building a fire? What could you find to eat? Where is water found and how do you make it safe to drink? Come to survival camp and you will learn all of these skills! Participants will experience a wide variety of survival techniques. Be a good survivor: dress for the weather, wear sunscreen and long pants, and bring a snack and plastic bottle of water. There is an optional overnight on Thursday. You will spend the evening inside the Nature Center in your sleeping bag. There will be a night hike and campfire. Friday morning you will enjoy a pancake breakfast. To register for this part of the program you must have taken the Survival Camp and pay an extra fee.
4-H Lego Robotics Camp
Want to learn to build a robot out of Legos? Co-sponsored with the University of Illinois Extension 4-H program, children will get the opportunity to design, build, and program a robot using the Lego Mindstorm Robotics kits. Working as a team, the children will complete tasks and keep track of their findings. By the end of camp, the children will have learned how to do a dance, pick up a cow, follow a line, and much more using a robot!