Nature’s Classroom

Explore and discover the natural world at Nature’s Classroom! With free and low-cost programs, Nature’s Classroom offers in-person and virtual activities, workshops, and classes to learn about nature in fun ways! For more information, contact Julia Sanchez at jrsanchez@waukeganparks.org or (847) 360-4707.

Outdoor Escape Program

Welcome to Outdoor Escape! Enjoy seven weeks at Nature’s Classroom. This outdoor half day camp meets five times a week for children to venture into nature! Have fun with nature projects and experiments. Enjoy Bevier Park amenities and play sports like tennis, basketball, frisbee, fishing and more! Please dress for weather. Apply sunblock and bug spray before program.

Program Dates Fee*  Registration
Session 1 Monday, June 13, 2022 to Friday, June 17, 2022 $80/$90 Closed
Session 2 Tuesday, June 21, 2022 to Friday, June 24, 2022 $64/$74 Canceled
Session 3 Monday, June 27, 2022 to Friday, July 1, 2022 $80/$90 Closed
Session 4 Tuesday, July 5, 2022 to Friday, July 8, 2022 $64/$74 Closed
Session 5 Monday, July 11, 2022 to Friday, July 15, 2022 $80/$90 Closed
Session 6 Monday, July 18, 2022 to Friday, July 22, 2022 $80/$90 Closed
Session 7 Monday, July 25, 2022 to Friday, July 28, 2022 $80/$90 Closed

 

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World of Discovery Programs

These nature programs provide a special place for children and families to explore and discover the natural world. Instill a lifelong love growing and care for living things and appreciation for the environment in a playful and informal setting for children and families. These are programs held inside and outside. Dressing for the weather is highly encouraged. Classes are on Tuesday mornings. Some programs include a fee.

Program Dates Fee*  Registration
Little Hikers Tuesday, June 14, 2022 Free Closed
Hummingbird and Butterfly Feeder! Tuesday, June 21, 2022 $4/$6 Closed
Painting in the Park Tuesday, June 28, 2022 Free Closed
Leaf Flower Press Tuesday, July 5, 2022 Free Closed
Bubbleology Tuesday, July 12, 2022 $5/$7 Closed
Make Your Own Butterfly Garden Tuesday, July 19, 2022 Free Closed
Tree Cookies Tuesday, July 26, 2022 $4/$6 Closed

*Resident and nonresident fees are listed in the following order: Resident Fee/Nonresident Fee.

Make-It-Take-It Programs

Program Dates Fee*  Registration
Make-It-Take-It Potpourri Friday, November 10, 2022 $10/$12 Register Here
Make-It-Take-It Thanksgiving Centerpiece Friday, November 18, 2022 $10/$12 Register Here
Make-It-Take-It Winter Vase Friday, December 9, 2022 $10/$12 Register Here

*Resident and nonresident fees are listed in the following order: Resident Fee/Nonresident Fee.

Eco-Explorers Programs

Children love being real explorers and getting to know nature’s secrets. Come adventure into our back yard to learn and explore the natural environment through games, craft projects, and nature-based activities. Enjoy several weeks of programming with a different theme each time. Register for one or all of the classes. Each program attended will result in an Eco-Explorer certificate of learning. Insect repellent is advised. Parents are welcome to come along and be involved. Preregistration is required for all classes.

Program Dates Fee*  Registration
Experimentation Monday, June 27, 2022 $4/$6 Closed
Ocean Exploration! Monday, July 11, 2022 $4/$6 Closed
Water Cycle Monday, July 18, 2022 $4/$6 Closed
Microscopic Creatures in Water Monday, July 25, 2022 Free Closed

*Resident and nonresident fees are listed in the following order: Resident Fee/Nonresident Fee.

Address:

2255 Yorkhouse Rd
Waukegan, IL 60085