Nature Camps


Spend your summer outside on an adventure to discover nature! Led by a team of naturalists, instructors and volunteers, campers will spend time outdoors playing, exploring and making new friends in our beautiful forest preserve. Camps include daily snacks and a t-shirt for each session.

Full-day Nature Camp

New! Full-day Nature Camp has campers exploring weekly themed adventures at Lyman Woods. Conveniently located off I-88, our full-day nature camps are a great option for working parents. Before- and after-care options and transportation is available in conjunction with Adventure Camp at the Lincoln Center. Call the Interpretive Center at 630.963.9388 for more details.

Ages 6-8

Choose from morning only, afternoon only or full-day camp options. Morning and afternoon sessions feature different activities. Snacks will be provided, but please send a lunch with any full-day campers.

Dirt Rocks!: Grab a shovel and dig in! Unearth the animals that tunnel and burrow, learn about soil and rocks, and catch some soil-loving critters! Learn more and register

Wildlife Rangers: Discover the mammals, birds and countless other animals that call Lyman Woods home, while honing your wilderness skills. Learn more and register

Stream Stompers: Dip into the wetlands, ponds and streams at Lyman Woods to discover the creatures that make this watery world their home. Learn more and register

Animal Architects: Investigate how animals build their amazing homes, and test your own DIY building skills! Learn more and register

Hiders & Seekers: Learn about the hide-and-seek champions of the animal world! Try your hand at camouflage and sneaky stalking! Learn more and register

Wild & Weird: Seek out the stranger side of nature and explore the bizarre behaviors and odd adaptations of plants, animals and more! Learn more and register

Ages 9-12

Snacks will be provided, but please send a lunch with any full-day campers.

Wild Myth Busters: Discover the true stories behind these and many more nature myths as we dig into science and conduct experiments! Learn more and register

CSI: Nature II: Comb the trails for clues, conduct forensic experiments, and more as we investigate nature crime scenes! Learn more and register

It's a Wild Life: Meet special guests as you explore different nature careers, from working with wildlife to working with wildfires! Learn more and register

Junior Beekeepers: Suit up and join our beekeeper to investigate the inner workings of a beehive. Inspect real frames of bees and even harvest honey from the hives! Learn more and register

Nature Flix: Express your creative side as we create a nature movie and try out different cinematography techniques! Learn more and register

Extreme Survivor: Master survival skills and techniques while working as a team to solve a new challenge every day. Learn more and register

Wild Child NaturePlay Camp

Ages 1-4

Bring out your child's wild side and meet new friends during our nature play camp! Our Naturalist will lead as you explore Lyman Woods with your children through outdoor activity stations, nature play in the Wild Woods, and nature art. Each day will feature new themes and activities so sign up for both sessions! No charge for infant siblings under 12 months. Dress for the weather and to get messy! An adult must accompany their child(ren) during this program. Learn more and register

Puddles and Ponds

Ages 4-5

Make like a muskrat and head to the pond! Track turtles and dip for dragonflies as you investigate the streams, ponds and wetlands of Lyman Woods. Learn more and register

Bug Safari Camp

Ages 4-5

Discover the differences between insects, spiders, and other bugs! Hunt through the prairie, wetlands and forest for these tiny cool creatures. We'll use nets, bug jars and magnifiers on our safari. Learn more and register

Movers & Shakers

Ages 4-5

NEW! Hop over to Lyman Woods to explore and experience the different ways that animals get around. Learn how birds fly, snakes slither, coyotes stalk and more! Learn more and register

Colors of Nature

Ages 4-5

NEW! Learn all about how colors are used in nature as we search the forest for all the colors of the rainbow. Learn more and register

Nature's Art Box

Ages 4-5

NEW! Get creative with nature! Paint with mud and draw on trees as you try out different ways nature can be used for art- as inspiration or as art supplies! Learn more and register


Ages 4-5

NEW! Under the water, beneath a rock, or below your feet- search for tiny critters and their teeny homes! Create your own minibeast to take with you on the adventure. Learn more and register