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Entering Grades 5 – 7
10 – 12

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.

Adventurers use various media to create their own art. Using the Garden as a backdrop, students will develop their painting, sculpture, and drawing skills. They will explore the use of natural materials and learn various tricks of the trade used by professional artists.
June 19 – 23 OR
July 24 – 28

new! botany
This study of plants will lead you into the fascinating world of the green organisms that sustain all life on the planet. Examine plants under a microscope, measure the amount of oxygen they produce, and perform other experiments to understand what makes plants work and why they are essential for our survival.
July 31 – August 4 

Who knew chemistry could be so cool?! Adventurers will explore the basics of chemistry and chemical reactions. By performing simple experiments, they will develop a basic understanding of acids and bases, fine-tune measurement skills, and understand the importance of accurate data observation and recording.
July 17 – 21 OR
August 14 – 18

What does an ecologist do at the Garden? Adventurers will discover what scientists do as they explore the Garden’s native Illinois habitats. Campers will conduct studies in our prairie, wetland, and woodland habitats, becoming familiar with native species. They will perform their own surveys, identifications, and field observations.
July 10 – 14 OR
August 7 – 11