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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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    Add to Cart111400-01Young Explorers Camp06/10/19- 06/14/19M-F 9:00A- 11:00ANature Center$75/$953 years to under 6 yearsAvailableItem Details
    Add to Cart111400-02Young Explorers Camp08/05/19- 08/09/19M-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 or those who could use a review of alphabet and phonics skills before Kindergarten assessments.


    AGE: 4 by Sept. 1, 2018

    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 Kinder06/03/19- 07/24/19M, W 9:00A- 12:00PNature Center$270/$3154 years to under 6 yearsUnavailableItem 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.

    No class July 4.

    AGE: 3 by Sept. 1, 2018

    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 Preschool06/04/19- 07/25/19Tu, Th 9:00A- 11:30ANature Center$240/$2803 years to under 5 yearsUnavailableItem 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, 2018

    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 Tikes06/07/19- 07/26/19F 9:00A- 11:00ANature Center$120/$1402 years to under 4 yearsUnavailableItem Details

    111407 - Dr. Seuss Science Camp

    Each morning we’ll read favorite Dr. Seuss books and follow up with science-related activities, experiments, and crafts. Some topics to be covered include space, shadows, five senses, and animals. A fun-filled week for young scientists. (cc)

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    Add to Cart111407-01Dr. Seuss Science Ca07/29/19- 08/02/19M-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, cracking open a geode, and partaking in engineering challenges, then you will love exploring the wacky world of art, science, and engineering camp.

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    Add to Cart121400-01Wacky Artist, Scient07/15/19- 07/19/19M-F 9:00A- 1:00PNature Center$130/$1406 years to under 12 yearsAvailableItem Details
    Add to Cart121400-02Wacky Artist, Scient07/22/19- 07/26/19M-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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    Add to Cart121402-01Arts and Crafts in N06/24/19- 06/28/19M-F 9:00A- 1:00PNature Center$130/$1407 years to 11 yearsAvailableItem Details
    Add to Cart121402-02Arts and Crafts in N07/08/19- 07/12/19M-F 9:00A- 1:00PNature Center$130/$1407 years to under 12 yearsAvailableItem 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 Fermilab guided tour/bison and exploring Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia
    Day 2 Rock climbing at Vertical Endeavors, Glendale Heights and fishing
    Day 3 Cantigny, Wheaton
    Day 4 Lincoln Park Zoo and North Beach, Chicago
    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 C08/05/19- 08/09/19M-F 9:00A- 3:30PNature Center$175/$18510 years to under 16 yearsAvailableItem Details

    221417 - 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 could not digest. See the various owls we have, the kind of food they eat, what happens when they eat, and get to investigate a pellet to see if we can figure out from the bones in the remains what the prey was.
    Paid adult must accompany child 8 and under. (CC)

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    Add to Cart221417-02Dissect Owl Pellets12/22/18- 12/22/18Sa 2:00P- 2:45PNature Center$7/$95 years and UpAvailableItem Details

    221421 - Art & Slime - NEW

    Spend a creative afternoon at the Nature Center as we make an exciting art project and whip up some slime! (CC)

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    Read Notice221421-01Art & Slime12/27/18- 12/27/18Th 1:00P- 3:00PNature Center$14/$186 years to 12 yearsFullItem Details

    311400 - Winter Young Explorers

    Join our Winter Young Explorers designed for the youngest nature enthusiasts. Learn about Itasca Nature Center's wild animals and how they survive the cold months. Get the chance to meet some live critters, participate in fun games, activities, and art projects. (CC)

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    Add to Cart311400-01WNTR Young Explorers12/28/18- 12/28/18F 9:00A- 11:00ANature Center$14/$183 years to under 6 yearsAvailableItem Details

    311401 - Paint & Pour

    This is the perfect night out with your friends! Join us at the Nature Center for an inspirational night of painting! We provide the supplies for your masterpiece, however the drinks are BYOB. Please drink responsibly as you are guided to create a one of a kind painting. (CC)

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    Add to Cart311401-01Paint & Pour04/12/19- 04/12/19F 7:00P- 9:00PNature Center$25/$2721 years and UpAvailableItem Details

    311402 - Couples Paint & Pour

    Couples, are you looking for an exciting and different date night? Come to the nature center for a fun couples painting class, where the paintings you create can be hung side by side to create one masterpiece! Supplies for painting will be provided, however drinks are BYOB. Please drink responsibly as you are guided step by step to create a unique work of art. Fee is per person. (CC)

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    Add to Cart311402-01Couples Paint & Pour02/08/19- 02/08/19F 7:00P- 9:00PNature Center$25/$2721 years and UpAvailableItem Details

    311405 - 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 Cart311405-01Dissecting Owl Pelle01/05/19- 01/05/19Sa 2:00P- 2:45PNature Center$7/$95 years to under 13 yearsAvailableItem Details
    Add to Cart311405-02Dissecting Owl Pelle02/16/19- 02/16/19Sa 2:00P- 2:45PNature Center$7/$95 years to under 13 yearsAvailableItem Details
    Add to Cart311405-03Dissecting Owl Pelle04/06/19- 04/06/19Sa 2:00P- 2:45PNature Center$7/$95 years to under 13 yearsAvailableItem Details

    311406 - 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 Cart311406-01Paint & Snack for ki02/09/19- 02/09/19Sa11:00A- 12:30PNature Center$20/$226 years to 15 yearsAvailableItem Details
    Add to Cart311406-02Paint & Snack for ki05/04/19- 05/04/19Sa 1:00P- 2:30PNature Center$20/$226 years to 15 yearsAvailableItem Details

    321400 - Wood Shop for Kids

    Calling all builders! Let your child’s creativity flow in this fun, interactive class! Kids will assemble, as well as decorate, their own special project to take home and play with for years to come. Each session will consist of a new wooden craft for your child to work on and give them that “work from scratch” feeling and sense of accomplishment for creating their own toy. (CC)

    THEME
    Jan - Monster Truck
    Feb - Plane
    Mar - Princess Carriage
    Apr - Train


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    Add to Cart321400-01Wood Shop for Kids01/26/19- 01/26/19Sa11:00A- 1:00PNature Center$20/$224 years to under 9 yearsAvailableItem Details
    Add to Cart321400-02Wood Shop for Kids02/23/19- 02/23/19Sa11:00A- 1:00PNature Center$20/$224 years to under 9 yearsAvailableItem Details
    Add to Cart321400-03Wood Shop for Kids03/30/19- 03/30/19Sa11:00A- 1:00PNature Center$20/$224 years to under 9 yearsAvailableItem Details
    Add to Cart321400-04Wood Shop for Kids04/27/19- 04/27/19Sa11:00A- 1:00PNature Center$20/$224 years to under 9 yearsAvailableItem Details

    321401 - After School Art Club

    Get your creative juices flowing for this class! Join Ms. Pam for an hour session each week to learn skills and techniques, work on exciting projects, and experiment with different mediums. Your children will learn about art in nature, two-dimensional and three-dimensional art, painting, and drawing, all while learning about different artists. Students will be able to explore their own ideas, as well as learn what it means to be an artist. Get ready to make some outstanding artwork! (CC)

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    Add to Cart321401-01After School Art Clu01/10/19- 01/31/19Th 4:45P- 5:45PNature Center$32/$407 years to under 13 yearsAvailableItem Details
    Add to Cart321401-02After School Art Clu02/07/19- 02/28/19Th 4:45P- 5:45PNature Center$32/$407 years to under 13 yearsAvailableItem Details
    Add to Cart321401-03After School Art Clu03/07/19- 03/21/19Th 4:45P- 5:45PNature Center$24/$307 years to under 13 yearsAvailableItem Details

    321404 - 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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    Add to Cart321404-01Mommy & Me Painting01/12/19- 01/12/19Sa10:30A- 12:00PNature Center$15/$176 years and UpAvailableItem Details
    Add to Cart321404-02Mommy & Me Painting03/09/19- 03/09/19Sa10:30A- 12:00PNature Center$15/$176 years and UpAvailableItem Details
    Add to Cart321404-03Mommy & Me Painting05/11/19- 05/11/19Sa10:30A- 12:00PNature Center$15/$176 years and UpAvailableItem Details

    321405 - Raptors in Your Neighborhood!

    Did you know that many Birds of Prey (also known as Raptors) can be found in our area? Join us to see our Owls, Hawks and Falcons up close.

    Learn fascinating facts like how they hunt, their special senses and characteristics, how to recognize them by sight and sound, and much more. We will explore predator/prey relationships and the important role they have in our ecosystem. You will have a new understanding and a deep appreciation of these truly wild creatures that live among us.

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

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    Add to Cart321405-01Raptors in your neig02/02/19- 02/02/19Sa 2:00P- 2:45PNature Center$7/$95 years and UpAvailableItem Details
    Add to Cart321405-02Raptors in your neig03/23/19- 03/23/19Sa 2:00P- 2:45PNature Center$7/$95 years and UpAvailableItem Details

    321413 - Capture a Bird of Prey

    With your camera!
    You will our resident birds of prey, learn about them, and get a chance to photograph them up close and in natural settings. This program is an opportunity for the beginning or aspiring photographer to practice and record your experience. Camera not required, or bring your DSLR, disposable or smartphone to the class. Anyone 8 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. (CC)

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    Add to Cart321413-01Capture a Bird of Pr01/19/19- 01/19/19Sa 2:00P- 2:45PNature Center$7/$95 years and UpAvailableItem Details
    Add to Cart321413-02Capture a Bird of Pr03/09/19- 03/09/19Sa 2:00P- 2:45PNature Center$7/$95 years and UpAvailableItem Details
    Add to Cart321413-03Capture a Bird of Pr04/20/19- 04/20/19Sa 2:00P- 2:45PNature Center$7/$95 years and UpAvailableItem Details

    321414 - When Nature Calls

    Does your child like splashing in puddles? How about building snowmen? If so, this program is for them! Let your child explore the exciting world of weather in this 2 hour long session. We will do a variety of projects ranging from tornadoes, rain storms and forming lightening! Kids will leave the class with a better understanding of how and why the different elements occur. (CC)

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    Add to Cart321414-01When Nature Calls03/27/19- 03/27/19W10:00A- 12:00PNature Center$14/$184 years to under 9 yearsAvailableItem Details

    411400 - Spring Young Explorers

    Join our Explorers program designed especially for the youngest nature enthusiasts. Learn about Springbrook Nature Center's local wildlife as we focus on spring and baby animals. Get the chance to meet some live critters, participate in fun games, activities and an art project. (CC)

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    Add to Cart411400-01Spring Young Explore03/26/19- 03/26/19Tu 9:00A- 11:00ANature Center$14/$183 years to under 6 yearsAvailableItem Details

    411402 - Valentine's Craft

    Join us in creating different crafts for Valentine's Day.

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    Add to Cart411402-01Valentine's Craft02/05/19- 02/05/19Tu 4:00P- 5:00PNature Center$8/$107 years to under 13 yearsAvailableItem Details

    421400 - After School Art Club

    Get your creative juices flowing for this class! Join Ms. Pam for an hour session each week to learn skills and techniques, work on exciting projects, and experiment with different mediums. Your children will learn about art in nature, two-dimensional and three-dimensional art, painting, and drawing, all while learning about different artists. Students will be able to explore their own ideas, as well as learn what it means to be an artist. Get ready to make some outstanding artwork! (CC)

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    Add to Cart421400-01After School Art Clu04/04/19- 04/18/19Th 4:45P- 5:45PNature Center$24/$307 years to under 13 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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