Register Now for Summer Camps!

The Conservation Foundation is so pleased to offer Summer Camp opportunities at both of our locations in 2018!

Sessions of Nature on the Farm camps, Nature Buddies and Nature Rangers, are running througout the summer at our McDonald Farm headquarters, and a week-long Farm Camp is being offered at our Dickson-Murst Farm in Montgomery at the end of June. 

Nature on the Farm Summer Camps – McDonald Farm, Naperville

Come spend your summer mornings at our McDonald Farm headquarters in Naperville and discover the wonders of nature through crafts, stories, garden snacks and hands-on fun.  Our experienced educators offer a unique experiential learning opportunity that helps reconnect kids with the earth.  Our kid-friendly vegetable garden and blossoming butterfly garden are sure to captivate the most curious of minds.

Nature Buddies – Children Age 3-5 Accompanied By An Adult
Nature Buddies will meet four mornings from 9:30am to 11am.  Children and their accompanying caregiver will be introduced to various seasonal nature topics including birds, bugs, weather and – of course – gardening!  We will explore McDonald Farm, read stories, do nature-related crafts and spend plenty of time getting dirty in the garden and eating fresh-picked snacks.  Come discover the wonders of nature with your child or a little one in your care!

Nature Buddies Session 1:  June 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Nature Buddies Session 2:  July 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

Nature Buddies Session 3:  July 31st, August 2nd, 7th, 9th

Fees:  $58/session for Members
           $70/session for Non-Members

Activities vary each month so sign up for multiple sessions!!

Nature Rangers
Children entering 1st through 5th grade will spend a fun-filled week reconnecting with nature, exploring McDonald Farm, and learning how to garden.  Campers will participate in games, crafts, storytelling, music, cooking and – of course – growing and caring for the garden.  These sessions will meet Monday through Friday from 9am to Noon.  Your child will emerge from camp recharged from a week of being active in the outdoors and will also bring home seasonal produce when available. 

1st – 2nd Grade Sessions
Nature Rangers 1 – June 4th – 8th

Nature Rangers 3 – June 18th – 22nd

Nature Rangers 7 – July 16th – 20th

Nature Rangers 9 – July 30th – August 3rd


3rd – 5th Grade Sessions
Nature Rangers 2 – June 11th – 15th

Nature Rangers 4 – June 25th -29th

Nature Rangers 6 – July 9th – 13th

Nature Rangers 8 – July 23rd – 27th

Nature Rangers 10 – August 6th – 10th

Fees:  $120/session for Members
           $144/session for Non-Members

Call 630-664-5681 with any questions!


Farm Camp – Dickson-Murst Farm, Montgomery

This week-long day camp will introduce your child to both the historic and modern methods and aspects of farming and farm life with the backdrop of the Dickson-Murst farmstead.  Our one-week session will run June 25th to 29th from 9am to 3pm daily and include a wide variety of activities, crafts, demonstrations, hands-on learning opportunities and ways to get dirt on your boots!

The rural lifestyle is a part of our region’s cultural heritage, but we have become further and further removed from that heritage as the area has developed and modernized.  Help your child or a child in your care get in touch with the past and where their food comes from through this week-long camp experience! 

Fee:  $100/Camper

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