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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 Camp06/12/17- 06/16/17M-F 9:00A- 11:00ANature Center$75/$953 years to under 6 yearsAvailableItem Details
    Add to Cart111400-02Young Explorers Camp08/07/17- 08/11/17M-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 including 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 07/03

    AGE: 4 by Sept. 1, 2016

    Location: Springbrook Nature Center Classroom
    Teacher: Ms. Debbie

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    Add to Cart111401-01Summer Junior Kinder06/05/17- 07/26/17M, W 9:00A- 12:00PNature Center$270/$3154 years to under 6 yearsAvailableItem 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 including 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 on 7/4

    AGE: 3 by Sept. 1, 2016

    Location: Springbrook Nature Center Classroom
    Teacher: Debbie Maginity

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    Add to Cart111402-01Summer Preschool06/06/17- 07/27/17Tu, Th 9:00A- 11:30ANature Center$240/$2803 years to under 5 yearsAvailableItem 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 wine glasses or door decors. 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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    Read Notice111403-01Paint and Pour05/19/17- 05/19/17F 7:00P- 9:00PNature Center$27.50/$29.5021 years and UpUnavailableItem Details
    Read Notice111403-02Paint and Pour05/26/17- 05/26/17F 7:00P- 9:00PNature Center$27.50/$29.5021 years and UpUnavailableItem Details
    Read Notice111403-03Paint and Pour07/21/17- 07/21/17F 7:00P- 9:00PNature Center$27.50/$29.5021 years and UpUnavailableItem Details
    Read Notice111403-04Paint and Pour08/25/17- 08/25/17F 7:00P- 9:00PNature Center$27.50/$29.5021 years and UpUnavailableItem 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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    Read Notice111404-01Paint and Snack for06/24/17- 06/24/17Sa 1:00P- 2:30PNature Center$20/$257 years to 16 yearsUnavailableItem Details
    Read Notice111404-02Paint and Snack for08/06/17- 08/06/17Su 1:00P- 2:30PNature Center$20/$257 years to 16 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 includes 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 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, 2016

    Location: Springbrook Nature Center Classroom
    Teacher: Debbie Maginity

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    Add to Cart111405-01Summer Tiny Tikes06/09/17- 07/28/17F 9:00A- 11:00ANature Center$120/$1402 years to under 4 yearsAvailableItem Details

    111407 - Dr. Seuss Science Camp

    "The more that you READ, the more you will KNOW. The more that you LEARN, the more places you’ll GO."
    Each morning we’ll read favorite Dr. Seuss stories and follow up with science related activities and projects. Some topics which will be covered include shadows, weather, space, bubbles, gravity, and nature. (CC)

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    Add to Cart111407-01Dr. Seuss Science Ca07/31/17- 08/04/17M-F 9:00A- 11:00ANature Center$75/$954 years to under 8 yearsAvailableItem Details

    121402 - Art 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 N07/10/17- 07/14/17M-F 9:00A- 1:00PNature Center$130/$1406 years to 11 yearsAvailableItem Details
    Add to Cart121402-02Arts and Crafts in N07/17/17- 07/21/17M-F 9:00A- 1:00PNature Center$130/$1406 years to 11 yearsAvailableItem Details

    121403 - Famous Artists Camp

    Join us as we transform Springbrook into our very own art studio. Campers will learn a little art history while creating art in the style of famous artists from around the world. WWhether it is an abstract portrait from Picasso, dream art like Salvador Dali's, or a beautiful seascape painting like Claude Monet's, you will be amazed by the results! Experiment with a variety of techniques to create your own unique masterpiece. The finished artwork will make a wonderful addition to your home! (CC)

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    Add to Cart121403-01Famous Artists Camp06/19/17- 06/23/17M-F 9:00A- 1:00PNature Center$130/$1406 years to under 12 yearsAvailableItem Details
    Add to Cart121403-02Famous Artists Camp06/26/17- 06/30/17M-F 9:00A- 1:00PNature Center$130/$1406 years to under 12 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 don’t mind getting dirty and wet (no flip flops or crocs), and we’ll take you to the depths of Springbrook Creek. Limited spaces are available, so register early. (CC)

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    Read Notice121405-01Creek Walk06/04/17- 06/04/17Su 1:00P- 2:00PNature Center$7/$96 years to under 13 yearsUnavailableItem Details
    Read Notice121405-02Creek Walk07/17/17- 07/17/17M 5:00P- 6:00PNature Center$7/$96 years to under 13 yearsUnavailableItem 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 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. (CC)

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    Read Notice121406-01Dissect Owl Pellets07/09/17- 07/09/17Su 2:00P- 2:45PNature Center$7/$95 years and UpUnavailableItem Details

    121407 - Flight and Feathers

    People have always been fascinated by the birds’ 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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    Read Notice121407-01Flight and Feathers08/13/17- 08/13/17Su 2:00P- 2:45PNature Center$7/$95 years and UpUnavailableItem 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 ABC06/05/17- 06/09/17M-F 9:00A- 10:00ANature Center$40/$453 years to under 7 yearsUnavailableItem Details

    121409 - S'mores Campfire

    Gooey, warm and chocolaty, no spring season would be complete without an evening around the campfire with s'mores. The name comes from what every camper says the first time they have s'mores: "Can I have some more of those?" Come join us and learn about some nocturnal animals while eating s'mores. Anyone 7 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. (CC)

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    Read Notice121409-01Smore's Campfire07/25/17- 07/25/17Tu 7:00P- 8:00PNature Center$7/$91 year and UpUnavailableItem Details
    Read Notice121409-02Smore's Campfire08/26/17- 08/26/17Sa 5:00P- 6:00PNature Center$7/$91 year and UpUnavailableItem Details

    121411 - Nature's Treasure Camp

    Explore natural treasures at Springbrook Nature Center. Be it cracking open a geode, finding an owl pellet or making slime, this will be an adventure you can’t pass up. We will be exploring natural treasures within the plant and animal community as we hike through the forest, prairie, marsh, and creek. Have a blast playing games, making crafts and catching different critters. Enjoy this outdoor adventure with us! (CC)

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    Add to Cart121411-01Natures' Treasure Ca07/24/17- 07/28/17M-F 9:00A- 1:00PNature Center$130/$1405 years to under 11 yearsAvailableItem Details
    Add to Cart121411-02Natures' Treasure Ca07/31/17- 08/04/17M-F 9:00A- 1:00PNature Center$130/$1405 years to under 11 yearsAvailableItem Details

    121412 - Beading Workshop

    Join Ms. Pam and learn beaded jewelry techniques while we each create unique beading projects! (CC)

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    Read Notice121412-01Beading Workshop06/19/17- 06/19/17M 1:30P- 2:30PNature Center$7/$97 years to under 13 yearsUnavailableItem Details

    121415 - Father's Day Crafts

    Join us at the Nature Center for a highly secret crafting day! Your children will make and wrap a gift for their Father or Grandfather. Gifts being made will be cute and useful. Snacks are welcome. (CC)

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    Read Notice121415-01Father's Day Crafts06/09/17- 06/09/17F 6:00P- 7:30PNature Center$15/$185 years to 15 yearsUnavailableItem Details

    121416 - Create a Dream Catcher

    Have you ever wondered how a dream catcher was created? Join us for a fun filled hour to learn how to weave and embellish your very own dream catcher! (CC)

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    Read Notice121416-01Create a Dream Catch06/29/17- 06/29/17Th 1:30P- 2:30PNature Center$7/$96 years to under 13 yearsUnavailableItem Details

    121419 - Garden Stepping Stones

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

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    Read Notice121419-01Garden Stepping Ston07/07/17- 07/07/17F 6:00P- 7:30PNature Center$15/$185 years to 15 yearsUnavailableItem Details

    121424 - Hoo Goes There?

    Learn how to identify commonly found raptors such as owls, hawks and falcons by sight and sound. We will learn where to look for raptors, how to observe and compare their shape, colors, markings, and movements. Listen to the birds’ calls and learn to recognize them. The raptors at Springbrook Nature Center will help us in this class. (CC)

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    Read Notice121424-01Hoo Goes There?06/11/17- 06/11/17Su 2:00P- 2:45PNature Center$7/$95 years and UpUnavailableItem Details

    121425 - Weird Science

    Come explore the wonders of science through cool and exciting experiments. These science trials will keep your kids thinking and having fun! All experiments will be safe and under close supervision. (CC)

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    Read Notice121425-01Weird Science07/12/17- 07/12/17W 4:00P- 5:00PNature Center$8/$108 years to 13 yearsUnavailableItem 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 Rock climbing at Vertical Endeavors, Glendale Heights and fishing
    Day 2 Chicago Botanical Garden, Glencoe
    Day 3 Cantigny, Wheaton
    Day 4 Lincoln Park Zoo and/or North Avenue 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 C07/17/17- 07/21/17M-F 9:00A- 3:30PNature Center$175/$18510 years to under 16 yearsAvailableItem Details
    Add to Cart131400-02Wildland Explorers C08/07/17- 08/11/17M-F 9:00A- 3:30PNature Center$175/$18510 years to under 16 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 Cart311401-03Paint & Pour05/18/17- 05/18/17Th 7:00P- 9:00PNature Center$25/$2721 years and UpAvailableItem 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 Cart311406-04Paint and Snack for05/07/17- 05/07/17Su 1:00P- 2:30PNature Center$20/$227 years to 15 yearsAvailableItem Details

    411401 - Little Artists

    Join our Instructor in a one-hour session each week learning basic skills and techniques that are essential for beginning artists. We will experiment with art in nature, painting, and drawing. Your child will also be exposed to famous artists and their artworks; and will create their own masterpieces! Let’s get creative! (CC)

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    Add to Cart411401-02Little Artists05/01/17- 05/22/17M 4:30P- 5:30PNature Center$32/$404 years to under 7 yearsAvailableItem Details

    421400 - After School Art Club

    Get your creative juices flowing for this class! Join Ms. Santina 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 Cart421400-02After School Art Clu05/03/17- 05/24/17W 4:30P- 5:30PNature Center$32/$407 years to under 13 yearsAvailableItem Details

    421401 - Diggin' Dinos

    Velociraptors, stegosaurus, and triceratops! Join us each week to learn about different dinosaurs. We will hunt for dino bones, make dino prints, pretend to be dinos and much more. Sign up early so you don’t miss out. (CC)

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    Add to Cart421401-01Diggin' Dinos05/09/17- 05/23/17Tu 5:00P- 6:00PNature Center$21/$275 years to under 11 yearsAvailableItem Details

    421404 - Sensing Some Nature Fun

    We’ll spend the afternoon using our five senses to explore the Nature Center. Activities will include leaf rubbing, identifying animal sounds, and spice painting. Dress for some outdoor activity, weather permitting. (CC)

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    Add to Cart421404-01Sensing Some Nature04/27/17- 04/27/17Th 1:00P- 3:00PNature Center$14/$183 years to under 7 yearsAvailableItem Details

    421405 - Pond Walk: Hike and Draw

    As we read Nancy Wallace’s book, Pond Walk, we’ll hike around the Nature Center recreating the story. Buddy and Mama Bear are searching for turtles on their nature walk, but stop to draw all the other amazing things they find on the way! Dress for outdoor activity. (CC)

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    Add to Cart421405-01Pond Walk: Hike&Draw05/25/17- 05/25/17Th 1:00P- 3:00PNature Center$14/$184 years to under 7 yearsAvailableItem Details

    421406 - Mothers' Day Craft

    Join us at the Nature Center for a highly secret crafting day! Your children will make and wrap a gift for their Mother or Grandmother. Gifts being made will be cute and useful. Snacks are welcome.

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    Add to Cart421406-01Mothers' Day Craft04/30/17- 04/30/17Su10:00A- 11:30ANature Center$15/$188 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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    Add to Cart531400-01JN Club01/02/17- 01/01/2099F 5:00P- 6:00PNature Center$09 years to under 16 yearsAvailableItem Details
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