Sign Up Now for Camp Russell 2017!


Register your child now for summer day camp! Choose from five weeklong programs, each with a different theme. Camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Children will have fun learning about nature through hands-on activities, games, and nature awareness. Camps fill quickly and space is limited to 20 children per camp so register now!

June 19-23 Native American Camp (ages 9 – 11)
Explore the ancient and present culture of indigenous Native American tribes. Learn where they lived and what they believed about the earth. Children will get a chance to start a fire with a bow drill, play Native American games, make tools, native crafts, and more!

June 26-30 Cold-Blooded Camp (ages 7 – 9)
Campers will have fun learning about our local reptiles and amphibians. We will get up close and personal with our resident cold blooded creatures and learn “cool” new facts about them too! We will watch how they eat, survive and try to find them in their native home. You will be a herpetologist by the end of the week.

July 10-14 Naturalist Camp (ages 9 – 11 )
If you love playing outside and learning about nature then you are a Naturalist! This camp is for all kids who want to play in the grass, collect specimens and investigate the forest, river and prairie. We will have fun as we learn about animals, rocks, forests and much more.

July 17-21 Magnificent Mammals Camp (ages 7 – 9)
Squirrels, and beavers, and bats, Oh My! Put yourself in the shoes (paws!) of the mammals of Russell Woods. Explore their homes, sights, and sounds before meeting a few face to face! We will learn how mammals behave and what it takes to be one of these warm furry creatures of the forest.

July 31-Aug 4 Rockin’ in the River Camp (ages 9 – 11)
Kids, you never get tired of this one. This entire camp is dedicated to the Kishwaukee River and all the creatures that live in and around it. We will study, play and become river experts by the end of this week. Campers will have a wild and wet week of learning and fun. (Close-toed shoes that can be worn into the river are required. No flip-flops or slides!)

Camp fee is $120 per child, per week (check payable to the DeKalb County Forest Preserve). Registration (click here) and payment are due as soon as possible to reserve your space. Upon receipt of payment, you will be sent a registration packet containing additional camp information. Questions? Call the Natural Resource Education Center (located in Russell Woods Forest Preserve) for questions about the camps at (815) 784-2000. For questions regarding registration or to find out if camps are full please call the University of Illinois Extension Office at (815) 758-8194.