Summer Camps

summer camps

Summer Camp registration is now open for 2023!

We offer unique, small group camp experiences at our McDonald Farm in Naperville.

Nature On The Farm Camps, Naperville

Our half-day Nature on the Farm Camps at the McDonald Farm in South Naperville will provide your child the opportunity to enjoy fresh air and sunshine while exploring a unique oasis of green in the middle of the suburbs. Explore our native prairie, woodland and pond habitats as well as learn to grow healthy, organic food at our Green Earth Harvest organic farm. Through nature exploration, gardening, games, activities, and crafts, children will experience and learn from nature. Camps are attuned to what is growing and thriving at our farm during the time they are held! Enjoy a themed, nut-free healthy snack provided each day. Camps are Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 12:00pm.

Each week has a unique theme with activities in conservation, nature exploration and gardening – and of course fresh air, sunshine and fun with friends! Camps sell out quickly!

Early Elementary Camps (Entering Grades 1 – 3)

June 12th – 16th: Earth Rocks. 

July 17th – 21st: Nature Detectives. 

July 31st – August 4th: Garden Chefs. 

Late Elementary Camps (Entering 4-6)

June 19th – 23rd: Outdoor Arts.

July 24th -28th: Garden Chefs. 

Please contact Amy Phillips at aphillips@theconservationfoundation.org or call  630-428-4500 ext. 113 with questions!

Farm Camp at the Dickson-Murst Farm, Montgomery

Due to staff changes and transitions both at The Conservation Foundation and with our Farm Camp partners, Farm Camp at our Dickson-Murst Farm will be taking a hiatus in 2023. We hope to bring it back in the future, but for now we’re exploring other ways to bring children and families to the Dickson-Murst Farm to connect with local history, nature, and the rural heritage this year. Watch our website and your email inbox for updates and new opportunities!

Scholarships

At The Conservation Foundation, we want everyone to have access to our programs regardless of their ability to pay the full fee. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please fill out our form, attesting to your need and how much you are able to pay. 

Cancellation Policy:

If you need to cancel, you must do so at least 14 days before the first day of camp to receive a refund. We will then refund your registration fee minus a $25 processing fee within 30 days. Cancellations made less than 14 days before the first day of camp are not eligible for refunds.