Summer Camps

summer camps

We are still planning on holding our July sessions of McDonald Farm Summer Camps! 

Unfortunately we have made the difficult decision to cancel Farm Camp at the Dickson-Murst Farm this year, but we hope it will return in 2021!

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.

In this time of pandemic, being outside and in nature is one of the lowest risk activities available – and access to fresh air, sunshine, and connection with nature is so important to our physical and mental health.  In July, our “Nature on the Farm” summer camps at McDonald Farm will function much as they have in the past – kids entering grades 1 through 6 will spend the morning outdoors exploring the farm, planting seeds and harvesting vegetables, and enjoying games, activities and crafts as they do every year.  This year, we will maintain small groups, require masks and social distancing, and sanitize shared materials and restrooms regularly.  We have a shelter for days with intermittent or light rain, but should the day forecast lightning and thunder, we will offer a remote experience.  Our goal is to offer your children a unique outdoor experience in the safest way possible.  Spots are still available, so sign up today!

Camp runs from 9am-12pm each day.

Cost of camp is $145 per child (10% discount for current members of The Conservation Foundation)

Early Elementary (children entering grades 1st – 3rd in the fall)

July 20th – 24th: Mid-Summer Explorations

Late Elementary (children entering grades 4th – 6th in the fall)

July 27th – 31st: Mid-Summer Exploration

Farm Camp at the Dickson-Murst Farm, Montgomery

Farm Camp 2020 has been cancelled!


We hope this week-long camp will return next year to teach your child through hands-on crafts and activities what life was and is like on a working farm, and where their food comes from.