Kids outside in nature

Nature Summer Camp for Kids

Children aged four to twelve are invited to a free summer camp focusing on nature. The intergenerational camp takes place Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to noon, beginning Tuesday, June 25, and continuing for eight weeks, at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Classes will be taught by Oak Park Arms resident Jerry Hossli, a University of Illinois-certified Master Naturalist with assistance from volunteers from Trailside Nature Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave, River Forest. In addition, senior residents will be on hand to assist.

The children will learn how to be “nature reporters.” They will use their powers of observation to tell others about what’s happening in nature. They will get the facts, then tell a story about what they’ve learned.

Topics include:

  • June 25 – Cicadas and program introduction
  • July 2 – Trees and Plants of Illinois, PLANT A PLANT TO TAKE HOME
  • July 9 – Climate and Environment, SPECIAL WATERSHED DEMO TODAY!
  • July 16 – Pollinators
  • July 23 – Birds
  • July 30 – Insects/Spiders
  • Aug 13 – Illinois State Symbols

“We will learn and have fun at the same time,” Hossli said. “There will be videos, age-based arts and craft projects, and children will create their own ‘Reporter’s Journal.’”

Camp size is limited to 40 children, and the registration deadline is June 18, 2024.

Nature Summer Camp Registration

About The Oak Park Arms Senior Living

Oak Park Arms Senior Living is a rental retirement community that provides senior housing in the form of independent living. A licensed home care agency is onsite to provide support services for seniors. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month, or longer.

The summer camp is free and open to the public. Registration is required. For more information call 708-386-4040.