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    111400 - Young Explorers Camp

    Little ones, join our Young Explorers Summer Camp designed especially for the youngest nature enthusiasts. Learn about Itasca Nature Center's wild animals and get the chance to meet some live critters. Each session will feature a nature walk, art project, snack, and a story based on the animal of the day. Please dress for the weather,wear closed toed shoes, and bring a small snack each day. (CC)

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    Read Notice111400-01Young Explorers Camp06/11/18- 06/15/18M-F 9:00A- 11:00ANature Center$75/$953 years to under 6 yearsUnavailableItem Details
    Add to Cart111400-02Young Explorers Camp08/06/18- 08/10/18M-F 9:00A- 11:00ANature Center$75/$953 years to under 6 yearsAvailableItem Details

    111401 - Summer Junior Kindergarten

    Join this structured summer program to keep your child academically engaged! Our summer session follows the same format as our school-year program while enjoying the beautiful surroundings at the Nature Center. This class includes crafts, songs, learning games, story time, and outdoor activities, as we continue to focus on academic skills.

    The summer Junior Kindergarten class is perfect for children who want a head start on pre-reading skills before starting Kindergarten or could use a review of alphabet and phonics skills.

    * No class 07/04

    AGE: 4 by Sept. 1, 2017

    Location: Springbrook Nature Center Classroom
    Teacher: Ms. Debbie

    Registration is only accepted in person during regular business hours at the Itasca Recreation Center.

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    Read Notice111401-01Summer Junior Kinder06/04/18- 07/25/18M, W 9:00A- 12:00PNature Center$270/$3154 years to under 6 yearsFullItem Details

    111402 - Summer Preschool

    Join this structured summer program to keep your child academically engaged! Our summer session is a continuation of our regular Preschool program while enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the Nature Center. This theme based class include crafts, songs, learning games, story time, and outdoor activities, as we continue to focus on academic skills.

    The summer Preschool class will review colors, shapes, and numbers and be introduced to alphabet and phonics skills which will be covered in fall Junior Kindergarten.


    AGE: 3 by Sept. 1, 2017

    Location: Springbrook Nature Center Classroom
    Teacher: Debbie Maginity

    Registration is only accepted in person during regular business hours at the Itasca Recreation Center.

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    Read Notice111402-01Summer Preschool06/05/18- 07/26/18Tu, Th 9:00A- 11:30ANature Center$240/$2803 years to under 5 yearsFullItem Details

    111403 - Paint & Pour with a Twist

    Looking for a fun night out with your friends? Look no further! Join us at the Nature Center for an inspirational night of painting your very own antique tin ceiling tile that was rescued from the original Itasca Village Hall. We will provide the supplies for your masterpiece, however the drinks are BYOB. Please drink responsibly as you are guided step by step to create beautiful works of art. (CC)

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    Add to Cart111403-01Paint and Pour08/24/18- 08/24/18F 6:00P- 8:00PNature Center$27/$2921 years and UpAvailableItem Details

    111404 - Paint & Snack for Kids

    Kids love these new painting events! We provide the supplies and instruction and you bring the talent, snacks and drinks (CC)

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    Add to Cart111404-01Paint and Snack for07/28/18- 07/28/18Sa 1:00P- 2:30PNature Center$20/$257 years to 16 yearsAvailableItem Details

    111405 - Summer Tiny Tikes

    Join this structured summer program to keep your child academically engaged! Our summer session is a continuation of our regular Tiny Tikes program that takes advantage of the beautiful surroundings of the Nature Center. This theme based class includes crafts, songs, learning games, story time, and outdoor activities as we continue to focus on academic skills.

    The summer Tiny Tikes session is a great way to keep your child involved in a structured learning environment before starting Preschool. Class emphasis will be on fine motor skills such as name tracing and cutting as well as colors, numbers, and shapes.

    AGE: 2 by Sept. 1, 2017

    Location: Springbrook Nature Center Classroom
    Teacher: Debbie Maginity

    Registration is only accepted in person during regular business hours at the Itasca Recreation Center.

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    Read Notice111405-01Summer Tiny Tikes06/08/18- 07/27/18F 9:00A- 11:00ANature Center$120/$1402 years to under 4 yearsFullItem Details

    111407 - Dr. Seuss Science Camp

    The Cat in the Hat Comes Back for a week of all new stories and activities. Each morning weíll read favorite Dr. Seuss books and follow up with science-related activities. Some topics to be covered include nocturnal animals, bees, planets, gravity, and musical instruments. A fun-filled week for young scientists. (cc)

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    Add to Cart111407-01Dr. Seuss Science Ca07/30/18- 08/03/18M-F 9:00A- 12:00PNature Center$112/$1224 years to under 8 yearsAvailableItem Details

    121400 - Wacky Art, Science & Engi

    If you like investigating slimy experiments, creating your own artistic masterpieces and partaking in engineering challenges such as the egg drop, then you will love exploring the wacky world of art, science, and engineering camp.

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    Read Notice121400-01Wacky Artist, Scient07/16/18- 07/20/18M-F 9:00A- 1:00PNature Center$130/$1406 years to under 12 yearsFullItem Details
    Add to Cart121400-02Wacky Artist, Scient07/23/18- 07/27/18M-F 9:00A- 1:00PNature Center$130/$1406 years to under 12 yearsAvailableItem Details

    121402 - Arts and Crafts in Nature

    Art isn't just about drawing and painting--it can be found and created in many more unusual and extraordinary ways! This exciting camp will allow kids to explore art and crafts through nature! Kids will use found objects and natural materials to create unique masterpieces and beautiful landscapes, study the lines, shapes, and colors of live animals, and much more! Each day will include stimulating art projects accompanied by nature hikes, creek walks, and other exciting outdoor activities! (CC)

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    Read Notice121402-01Arts and Crafts in N06/18/18- 06/22/18M-F 9:00A- 1:00PNature Center$130/$1406 years to 11 yearsFullItem Details
    Add to Cart121402-02Arts and Crafts in N06/25/18- 06/29/18M-F 9:00A- 1:00PNature Center$130/$1406 years to under 12 yearsAvailableItem Details
    Add to Cart121402-03Arts and Crafts in N07/09/18- 07/13/18M-F 9:00A- 1:00PNature Center$130/$1406 years to 11 yearsAvailableItem Details

    121405 - Creek Walk

    In this program you will have a unique opportunity to use nets and buckets to explore life in the creek. Find out who lives in and around Springbrook Creek before you try your skills at catching fish, crayfish, tadpoles, frogs, and more! Wear old clothes and closed-toed shoes that you donít mind getting dirty and wet (no flip flops or crocs), and weíll take you to the depths of Springbrook Creek. Limited spaces are available, so register early. (CC)

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    Add to Cart121405-01Creek Walk08/04/18- 08/04/18Sa11:00A- 12:00PNature Center$7/$96 years to under 13 yearsAvailableItem Details

    121406 - Dissecting Owl Pellets

    Learn about the eating habits of the owls living at Springbrook Nature Center. Do you know what an owl pellet is? Owls usually swallow their prey whole, and they regurgitate what they cannot digest. See the various owls we have, the kind of food they eat, and dissect a pellet to see if we can figure out from the bones what the prey was. Anyone 8 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. (CC)

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    Add to Cart121406-02Dissect Owl Pellets08/11/18- 08/11/18Sa 2:00P- 2:45PNature Center$7/$95 years and UpAvailableItem Details
    Add to Cart121406-03Dissect Owl Pellets09/22/18- 09/22/18Sa 2:00P- 2:45PNature Center$7/$95 years and UpAvailableItem Details

    121407 - Flight and Feathers

    People have always been fascinated by the birdsí ability to fly. Explore the special adaptations that raptors such as owls, hawks and falcons have for flying. Did you know that some falcons can dive at speeds faster than a race car, and that owls are so silent that their prey cannot hear them flying? We will study the raptors at the Nature Center to help us understand how they have evolved to become masters of their environment. (CC)

    Anyone 8 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.


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    Add to Cart121407-01Flight and Feathers06/23/18- 06/23/18Sa 2:00P- 2:45PNature Center$7/$95 years and UpAvailableItem Details
    Add to Cart121407-02Flight and Feathers08/25/18- 08/25/18Sa 2:00P- 2:45PNature Center$7/$95 years and UpAvailableItem Details

    121408 - Nature's ABC

    Explore the alphabet through nature by scavenging the Nature Center grounds. We will make an ABC book out of the things we find and incorporate the sounds of the letters with our search. New letters will be addressed each session. Please wear closed-toed shoes. (CC)

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    Read Notice121408-01Nature's ABC06/04/18- 06/08/18M-F 9:00A- 10:00ANature Center$40/$453 years to under 7 yearsUnavailableItem Details

    121417 - Mommy & Me Painting

    Bond with your child with some paint and a canvas! Our instructor will help you and your child create beautiful works of art together. You and your child will create two separate paintings that will be combined into one masterpiece to hang on the wall! Supplies will be provided. Fee is per person. (CC)

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    Read Notice121417-01Mommy & Me Painting06/02/18- 06/02/18Sa10:30A- 12:00PNature Center$15/$176 years and UpUnavailableItem Details

    121419 - Garden Stepping Stones

    Your child will enjoy making their very own outdoor Garden Stepping Stone. Not only is this craft cute but itís functional. We will provide all the supplies and the fun. Feel free to bring a snack. (CC)

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    Add to Cart121419-01Garden Stepping Ston08/17/18- 08/17/18F12:00P- 1:30PNature Center$17/$195 years to 15 yearsAvailableItem Details

    121424 - Hoo Goes There?

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to identify common raptors such as owls, hawks and falcons, by sight and sound? In this class we will learn how to use their shapes, colors, markings, movements, and calls to recognize them. The resident raptors at the Nature Center help teach the course. Paid adult must accompany child 8 and under. (CC)

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    Add to Cart121424-01Hoo Goes There?07/14/18- 07/14/18Sa 2:00P- 2:45PNature Center$7/$95 years and UpAvailableItem Details
    Add to Cart121424-02Hoo Goes There?09/08/18- 09/08/18Sa 2:00P- 2:45PNature Center$7/$95 years and UpAvailableItem Details

    131400 - Wildland Explorers Camp

    Experience some of the coolest natural areas in the state and participate in fun outdoor activities in this week-long adventure camp.

    Here is a sneak peek at the action packed schedule*:
    Day 1 Team building games and hiking at Waterfall Glen, Darien
    Day 2 Rock climbing at Vertical Endeavors, Glendale Heights and fishing
    Day 3 Cantigny, Wheaton
    Day 4 Exploring Volobog, Ingleside
    Day 5 Exploring caves at Matthiessen State Park, Utica

    *Schedule is subject to change

    Fee includes transportation and admission fees.
    Campers must dress for the weather, pack their own lunches, water and a snack for each day. (CC)

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    Add to Cart131400-01Wildland Explorers C07/16/18- 07/20/18M-F 9:00A- 3:30PNature Center$175/$18510 years to under 16 yearsAvailableItem Details
    Add to Cart131400-02Wildland Explorers C08/06/18- 08/10/18M-F 9:00A- 3:30PNature Center$175/$18510 years to under 16 yearsAvailableItem Details

    531400 - Junior Naturalist Club

    Do you want to learn more about nature and how we can help protect it? Maybe you like to fish, canoe, hike, camp, and roast marshmallows. If this sounds exciting, you should become a Junior Naturalist (JN). The JN club is a group of kids that love to have a good time and help out. The JNs explore, hike, work special events and restoration projects, take care of the animals in the building and much more! This club meets once a week, usually on Fridays at the Nature Center. A newsletter with dates, times, activities and other important information is provided.

    Spots are limited in this club, so don't miss out on a once in a lifetime opportunity! You can reach Chris at (630) 773-2257 with any questions. (CC)

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    Read Notice531400-01JN Club01/02/17- 01/01/2099F 5:00P- 6:00PNature Center$09 years to under 16 yearsFullItem Details
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