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Youth Programs

Youth Programs  
Learn, play, explore together in nature

Youth and Family programs appeal to children ages 2 to 18 with investigative science, gardening, and career exploration. Together, adults and children can explore cool things about how plants connect to science, art, history, and culture.

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Nature Preschool

Nature Preschool

Nature Preschool will delight and engage your 3- or 4-year-old in an adventure of discovery about the natural world and prepare them for a future of lifelong learning.

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Summer Camp

Summer Camp CBG

At Camp CBG children participate in high-quality learning activities with experienced teachers who use inquiry-based, hands-on activities such as dissecting and plant seeds, exploring fragrant herbs and flowers, searching for birds and plants on nature hikes, creating take-home science-themed projects, and much more!

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School Break Camps

School Break Camps

The Chicago Botanic Garden offers day camps for children during winter, spring, and summer school breaks. Our day camps are accredited by the American Camping Association. Your child can explore the Garden with nature and plant investigations, science and art activities, and outdoor discoveries all year long! Each camp is lead by highly qualified staff.

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School Day-Off Camps

School Day Off Camp

Children participate in fun learning activities that connect nature to a range of content, including plants, weather, art, cuisine, and conservation. These camps will be held outside; please dress for the weather.

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Available Programs

Before Camp

Camp CBG: Before Camp Care

June 10 – August 9 
(except week of July 1 – 5) 
7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Sensational Science

Camp CBG: Sensational Science

June 24 – 28
9: 30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

July 22 – 26
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

August 5 – 9
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

Multimedia Makers

Camp CBG: Multimedia Makers

June 24 – 28 or
July 22 – 26
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Budding builders

Camp CBG: Budding Builders

June 10 – 14
9:30 a.m. – noon

July 8 – 12
9:30 a.m. – noon

July 22 – 26
9:30 a.m. – noon 
 

Sticks and stones

Camp CBG: Sticks and Stones Age 3

June 17, 19, & 21
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
11 a.m. – noon

July 22, 24, & 26
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
11 a.m. – noon

Garden Caching

Camp CBG: Garden Caching

July 22 – 26
9:30 a.m. – noon 

Lunch Bunch

Camp CBG: Lunch Bunch

June 10 – August 2 
(except week of July 1 – 5) 
Noon – 12:30 p.m.

Game On

Camp CBG: Game On

July 22 – 26
12:30 – 3 p.m.

After Camp

Camp CBG: After Camp Care

June 10 – August 9 
(except week of July 1 - 5) 
3 – 5:30 p.m.

Super Scientists

Camp CBG: Super Scientists

June 10 – 14, July 8 – 12 or
July 29 – August 2
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Field Science

Camp CBG: Field Science

June 24 – 28 or 
July 29 – August 2
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Nature Quests

Camp CBG: Nature Quests

June 10 – 14, July 8 – 12 or 
July 29 – August 2
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Creative kids

Camp CBG: Creative Kids

June 10 – 14
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

July 8 – 12
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

July 29 – August 2
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Artistic skills

Camp CBG: Artistic Skills

July 8 – 12 or
August 5 – 9
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Muddy buddies

Camp CBG: Muddy Buddies Age 3

July 8, 10, & 12
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
11 a.m. – noon

August 5, 7, & 9
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
11 a.m. – noon

Botany in the kitchen

Camp CBG: Botany in the Kitchen

June 17 - 21, July 15 - 19, or
August 5 - 9
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Exploring Outdoors

Camp CBG: Exploring Outdoors

June 17 – 21
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

July 15 – 19
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

August 5 – 9
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Muddy buddies

Camp CBG: Muddy Buddies Age 2

July 9 & 11
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
11 a.m. – noon    

August 6 & 8
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
11 a.m. – noon

Nature Preschool Seeds

Nature Preschool Seeds

Tuesdays and Thursdays
September 3, 2024 – May 22, 2025
9 – 11:30 a.m.  
 

Nature Preschool

Nature Preschool Stems Tue and Thu

Tuesdays and Thursdays
September 3, 2024 – May 23, 2025
12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Nature Preschool

Nature Preschool Stems M-Th

Monday through Thursday
September 3, 2024 – May 22, 2025
12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Nature Preschool Seedlings

Nature Preschool Seedlings

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
September 4, 2024 – May 23, 2025

Nature Preschool

Nature Preschool Stems Mon and Wed

Mondays and Wednesdays
September 4, 2024 – May 21, 2025
12:30 – 3:30 p.m