Mini Camps

Children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy

Children ages 1 through 5 will explore nature with an adult companion through crafts, activities, songs, and stories. This spring, we will offer both in-person and take home options; please note your preference when you register online. In-person camps meet on the west lawn at Rock Springs Nature Center. Pre-packaged kits contain activities, games, and crafts exploring each camp theme. Kits will need to be picked up from Rock Springs Nature Center during the time frame specified in registration. Each kit includes materials for one participant.

Kits and in-person camps are $6/each. Online registration required. Maximum of 15 kits available for each theme. All camps meet at Rock Springs Nature Center. Each camp accepts a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 10.

Fall Mini Camps

Children ages 1-5 explore nature with an adult buddy through crafts, activities, songs, and stories. These camps are a great stepping stone for little ones to spend time with other children with the comfort of a loved one nearby. $6/child. Online registration required.

Chipping Squirrels

Wed., Sept. 7, 9:30-10:30am
Thurs., Sept. 8, 9:30-10:30am

Glimpse acrobatic squirrels and learn about their habitat through song, fur, footprints, and a playful game.

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Quacking Ducks

Tues., Sept. 20, 9:30-10:30am
Wed., Sept. 21, 9:30-10:30am

Dive into the watery world of ducks through roleplay, stories, and outdoor exploration.

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Playful Otters

Wed., Oct. 5, 9:30-10:30am
Thurs., Oct. 6, 9:30-10:30am

Learn about these playful aquatic mammals that live along the Sangamon River.

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Night Animals

Tues., Oct. 18, 9:30-10:30am
Wed., Oct. 19, 9:30-10:30am

Discover bats, raccoons, and opossums through hands-on activities and play.

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Pine Trees

Wed., Nov. 2, 9:30-10:30am
Thurs., Nov. 3, 9:30-10:30am

Explore the plants and animals of our pine forest in this fun adventure.

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Shining Stars

Tues., Nov. 15, 9:30-10:30am
Wed., Nov. 16, 9:30-10:30am

Dabble in the colors and designs of the night sky canvas above our heads.

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