GLENCOE, Ill. (February 27, 2013) – Get ready for a summer full of exciting, fun, and enriching outdoor learning experiences by registering for Camp CBG. With programs for children ages 6 months to 15 years, this camp offers something for everyone. Science, nature, art, ecology, and cooking camps draw kids from Chicago and the North Shore suburbs, including surrounding areas of Glencoe, Highland Park, Northbrook, and Winnetka.
Space is still available for many full-day and two-week camps with options to add NEW before- and after-camp care and supervised lunch. Instructors are highly qualified, and many have been teaching with Camp CBG for more than five years. All staff members participate in annual training, are first-aid certified, and love teaching. These fun outdoor camps offer kids in Chicago's North Shore suburbs a wide variety of activities that take advantage of the facilities and expertise at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Camps offered this summer include:
- NEW! Bloomin’ Garden Strollers: Caregivers are invited to join our new social play program on Fridays from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. You’ll enjoy a brisk walk through the Garden, talk with a Garden expert, get behind-the-scenes information, and finish your morning with activities designed for our smallest visitors. Every week we will explore a new Garden theme. Camp meets in the Visitor Center. Camps are designed for children ages 6 to 24 months with a caregiver.
- My First Camp 2: Spend time learning, exploring, and bonding with your toddler. Camps focus on parent and child interaction with nature, science, art, and garden activities. All camps are designed specifically for tots' fine and gross motor skills and social development. These two-day camps (Tuesday & Thursday) are unique to the Garden’s youngest kids, those born on or before September 1, 2011. Hours are from 9 to 10 a.m. or 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Camps include Art & Music, Fantastic Foods, My First Garden, and Small Scientists.
- My First Camp 3: Does your preschooler enjoy digging, planting, discovering, and trying new things? Our three-day camps (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) invite parents and toddlers to explore the Garden together. Hours are from 9 to 10 a.m. Or 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. All camps are designed specifically for a three-year-old’s fine and gross motor skills and social development. Children born on or before September 1, 2010, should sign up for this camp. Camps include Art & Music, Fantastic Foods, My First Garden, and Small Scientists.
- Green Sprouts (Entering Pre-K and Kindergarten): Green Sprouts day camps are designed specifically for children of preschool and kindergarten age. Camp activities invite kids to investigate science and nature with hands-on, inquiry-based activities. Camps run from Monday through Friday with morning or afternoon options. Camps include Bug Brigade, Fun with Physics, Garden Expedition, Habitat Hunters, Hidden Treasures, Mad Scientists, Nature Art, Salad Science, Sprouting Wizards, or Super Seedlings.
- Green Thumbs (Entering 1st and 2nd grades): Kids can dig a little deeper in half- or full-day camps. It is a whole new adventure at Camp CBG in our two-week, full-day camps for Green Thumbs! Campers will explore all the Garden has to offer, make new friends, and jump into a fun-filled, outdoor, and educational camp program. Half-day camps include Art in the Garden, Explore Your World, Expert Wizardry, Grossology, Insect Investigation, Incredible Edibles, Kinetic Kids, Treasure Hunt, Wildlife Wanderers, and Plant People. NEW two-week, full-day programs include Create & Grow and Science Trekkers.
- Explorers (Entering 3rd and 4th grades): Explorers camps offer kids summer science, nature, cooking, and art activities. It is a whole new adventure at Camp CBG in our two-week, full-day camps for Explorers! Campers will explore all the Garden has to offer, make new friends, and jump into a fun-filled, outdoor, and educational camp program. Half-day camps include Alfresco Art, Botany in the Kitchen, Camera Craft, Dirty Jobs, Forensic Investigators, Garden Caching, Konnichiwa Japan, and Surviving Outdoors. NEW two-week, full-day programs include Artist in Residence and Science Explorer.
- Adventurers (Entering 5th through 7th grades): Our full-day camps for middle schoolers are one-of-a-kind summer camps! Instructors challenge campers to use their observation skills and individual experiences as each discovers how plants play a role in art, chemistry, cuisine, and ecology.
For a complete listing of available camps, more information, fees, and registration go to www.chicagobotanic.org/camp/summercamp.