2021 SUMMER CAMP OPTIONS
PRIMARY STUDENTS (Ages 3-6 years)
Explore the great outdoors without leaving the city! In this camp, students will learn about nature and the environment by exploring trees, birds, bugs, and gardens right here in our Chicago neighborhood. We’ll get outside to discover the roles of birds, pollinators and plants in our unique Chicago ecosystem.
Become an intrepid explorer of the natural world! In this camp, students explore the vital roles of plants and animals, and learn to sharpen their gardening skills in small spaces. Campers will also travel to Japan for a day to learn about the beauty and mystique of Japanese Bonsai trees. Campers will learn about some of the oldest Bonsai trees in Japan, will try Japanese snacks, and will plant their own Bonsai seeds to cultivate at home.
In this camp, students learn about what is causing plants and animals to be vulnerable, and what we can do to help. We start the week learning what extinction is by studying the dinosaurs, and spend the rest of the week traveling to different continents to understand the reasons why extinction occurs today. In this camp, kids will also spend a day learning about China, and their success in reviving their panda populations!
In this camp, kids explore how pollution and climate change affect our world and how they can help. Campers learn sustainable ways to eat and grow their food, the basics of clouds and weather, renewable energy, water conservation, and they will also participate in a community action project.
Campers spend the week exploring animals from a variety of ecosystems around the world. During our first week, kids visit animals living in the ocean deep, the desert, the Amazon rainforest, the Arctic, Antarctica, and the Asian wetlands. The Amazon Rainforest alone is home to more than 1300 bird species, 3000 types of fish, 430 mammal species, and 2.5 million different kinds of insects. Brazil, which hosts 60% of the Amazon Rainforest, speaks Portuguese but many other countries that house this incredible rainforest are Spanish speaking. Kids will practice their Spanish language skills with our bilingual teachers as they tour the ecosystems of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, and Bolivia.
Like the previous week, campers spend the week exploring animals from a variety of ecosystems around the world, but we are heading to all new locations! During this week, kids visit the coral reefs, the deserts of the American southwest, the Indonesian rainforests, Australia, and the mangrove forests of India.
ELEMENTARY STUDENTS (Grades 1-3)
Campers take a deep dive in to what it means to be sustainable. Our adventures include taking a field trip to Lake Michigan to test the water quality, cleaning the beach, learning the ins and outs of the CTA, planting a kitchen garden, and practicing ways that kids can become more sustainable at home.
This camp features some of the most loved projects from Green Explorers Club. Kids explore nature and sustainability in Chicago, they learn about Jane Goodall by using some of her most famous research methods, they build rainforest terrariums, explore renewable energy by building their own solar oven, and more. This action-packed week comes highly recommended by kids all over Chicago.