Summer Camp Programs


2022 Summer Camp Opportunities

The Vermilion County Conservation District’s summer programs offer outdoor fun for
children ages 3 and older.  With almost 4,500 acres between Kennekuk County Park
and Forest Glen Preserve, children will gain appreciation and knowledge of wildlife and the
great outdoors.  Guided by experienced camp counselors, the activities will help children
explore their natural world through hands-on discoveries, hiking excursions, and art.

If you have any questions regarding our summer camp programs, please call
Kennekuk County Park at 217-442-1691.
You can mail or drop off your registration form with
payment at the Kennekuk or Forest Glen Visitor Centers.

2022 Summer Camp Flyer

2022 Summer Camp Registration Form

Wonderbugs – CAMP FULL
Environmental Education Center, Kennekuk County Park
Grades K-2nd
9:00 am – 11:00 am

We explore the wonderful wetlands of Kennekuk through books, activities, and a nature
hike.  Kids will get an up close hands-on aquatic experience with the plants and
animals of the wetlands!  Fee is $10/child, due upon registration.

Young Explorers Camp – CAMP FULL
Environmental Education Center, Kennekuk County Park
July 13
Grades K-5th
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Gannett Outdoor Education Center, Forest Glen Preserve
July 14
Grades K-5th
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

During this fun-filled classic summer camp, your child will participate in a variety of
nature adventure activities.  Explorers will take a nature hike, roast a hot dog for lunch,
discover wildlife and create an art and craft project.
Fee is $35/child, due upon registration which includes a wiener roast lunch,
snacks, and a nature craft to take.

Toddling Into Nature
Environmental Education Center, Kennekuk County Park

June 15 – Animal Hide & Seek – 2:00 pm
June 16 – Animal Hide & Seek – 2:00 pm
We will explore and discover all the fascinating ways animals can hide in nature.

June 29 – Grow Something Wild – 2:00 pm
June 30 – Grow Something Wild – 10:00 am or 2:00 pm
Children will take home planted seeds after learning how plants grow.

This camp will introduce young children, ages 3-5, to the natural world, exploring
through songs, activities, crafts, and more with a parent or guardian.  Each class is
organized around a theme and emphasizes active learning through sensory experiences,
and movement activities.  Toddlers may sign up for one camp or both.
Fee is $5.00 per child per session, due upon registration.
Each session is approximately one hour long.

 Kids Cooking Class – CAMP FULL
Gannett Outdoor Education Center, Forest Glen Preserve
Grades 3rd – 5th
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Back by popular demand, the Kid’s Cooking Class will be offered on two dates.  Each
camp will have the same format, so please only register for one date.  This camp is for
kids to try their hand at cooking from the kitchen to the campfire.  Campers will take a
short walk to the homestead garden to cut herbs for pizza.  Back in the kitchen they will
create their own pizza and help with making homemade ice cream.  We will also make a
dessert over a campfire.  At lunch everyone gets to eat their handy work.
Fee is $20/child, due upon registration.  Fee includes lunch.

Paddling Around Lake Mingo – CAMP FULL
Lake Mingo Boat Ramp, Kennekuk County Park
Grades 4th-7th
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Explore Lake Mingo in kayaks on a guided tour with District naturalists.  Learn about
the diversity of fish, birds, mammals, and more that call Lake Mingo home.  Kayaking
basics will be covered.  All participants are required to wear a provided life jacket.
Fee for camp is $15/child, due upon registration.

Pioneer Kids – CAMP FULL
Gannett Outdoor Education Center, Forest Glen Preserve
Grades 1st-3rd
9:30 am – 11:30 am

What was it like to be a kid in the 1850’s?  Join us for Pioneer Kids Camp to find out!
Campers will hike to the Pioneer Homestead, make a candle, cook a sweet
treat on the hearth to enjoy.
Fee is $10/child, due upon registration.

Creek Stomping Ecology Camp – CAMP FULL
Gannett Outdoor Education Center, Forest Glen Preserve
July 7
Grades 4th-6th
9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Spend the day getting wet while exploring Willow Creek.  Follow our naturalists on an
adventure while searching for aquatic life and observing animal tracks along the way.
After eating lunch, enjoy a tour of the Nature Center.  Participants must bring their
own lunch and water bottle.  They should wear shoes and clothes that can get wet,
and are welcome to bring a change of dry clothes.
Fee is $25/child, due upon registration.

All About Birds Program