WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Conservation District’s 10 summer day camps provide crafts, activities, games, fun and much more for children age 6 through 16.
New this year, campers age 8 and older along with their families can enjoy a new twist on a “day” camp and explore nature during twilight at “Sunset Camp for Families” at Pleasant Valley in Woodstock.
Young campers ages 6 and 7 can spend their mornings exploring habitats and the animals that live in ponds, fields or forests during “Earth Encounters Mini Camp” at Rush Creek in Harvard, Pleasant Valley in Woodstock or Living Land Farm in Cary.
Campers ages 8 and 9 will discover nature through the arts in “Arts and Nature” at Pleasant Valley in Woodstock.
They will use their creative energies in paint, clay, music and other ways to interpret nature’s beauty. Or they could head off in search of clues to solve some of nature’s mysteries in “Nature Private Eyes Camp,” also at Pleasant Valley in Woodstock.
“Conservation Day Camp” at Glacial Park in Ringwood and “Outdoor Adventure Camp” at Prairieview Education Center in Crystal Lake provide youth ages 8 to 11 with nonstop explorations. At Glacial Park, campers will canoe, explore habitats, take part in a conservation work project, play games and decorate T-shirts. At Prairieview, campers will enjoy hiking adventures, outdoor challenges, fishing, canoeing and nature crafts.
Back again for campers ages 8 to 11 is “Fishing Camp,” where they will learn the fundamentals of fishing in moving waters at Beck’s Woods in Chemung and still waters at Brookdale in Woodstock.
Other popular camps for ages 10 to 12 are “Time Travelers Camp” at Glacial Park where youth experience a different era of history each day, including Native American life, pioneer life, and life as French explorers canoeing Nippersink Creek.
Those ages 12 to 15 can pursue their natural world interest and get hands-on experience in “Wild Things Camp” at Glacial Park, which concludes with a wilderness campout. Or for those ages 13 to 16 who want to learn how to canoe and explore nature by water, the “Canoe Camp” at The Hollows with an overnight campout at Chain O’ Lakes State Park is another great option.
Early bird discounts are available through April 30. Camp information and registration is online at www.mccdistrict.org.
Registration is accepted online, by mail or walk-in at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road in Crystal Lake.
For information, call 815-479-5779.