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The Critter Club provides adventures for children who enjoy nature and outdoor exploration. Each week, we focus on different kinds of animals: reptiles and amphibians, insects and spiders, birds, mammals, and fish. Classroom activities and hiking on the Middlefork Trail provide opportunities for children to learn through their experiences with the nature that surrounds them.
Your budding naturalist will explore his world with hands-on, nature-themed experiences, real-life animal encounters, participation in group activities and nature walks each month. Please provide your child with appropriate attire for both indoor and outdoor activities. All children in attendance must be registered and accompanied by an adult guardian.Your budding naturalist will explore his world with hands-on, nature-themed experiences, real-life animal encounters, participation in group activities and nature walks each month. Please provide your child with appropriate attire for both indoor and outdoor activities. All children in attendance must be registered and accompanied by an adult guardian.
Since 1997, this program has provided opportunities for children to learn the complexities of caring for animals in captivity as well as putting those skills to use. Children learn proper handling, care and feeding, and biology of many animals as well as other aspects of captive animal management. One off-site field trip broadens their learning experience. Older students have an opportunity to develop their leadership skills while mentoring younger participants. Space is limited to allow for maximum interaction.
If your child is between 12-15 years of age and has completed at least one year of Zookeeper (with staff recommendation) your child qualifies for this special program. We will focus on advanced husbandry techniques, development of leadership skills and assist the WDC staff with a number of fun and exciting things going on at the farm. Be prepared for indoor and outdoor activities.
Twice-weekly morning sessions in Wildlife Camp are spent exploring the Middlefork Savanna and nearby habitat in Northwest Lake Forest. Children ranging from 4 to 9 years of age will learn about nature as they study and observe our local wildlife and its natural habitat. Session days vary by age groups.
Back to its ORIGINAL location of McCormick Nature Preserve, the 2017 McCormick Day Camp is back and better than ever! McCormick Day Camp, the Lake Forest Recreation Department’s oldest Day Camp, will feature activities such as; woodworking, crafts, archery, nature oriented activities, sports, games and the many group activities associated with the themed days McCormick Day Camp has always featured. This camp also provides transportation to and from your home and will also provide transportation to and from the Lake Forest Beach and LFHS for beach and swim days. McCormick Day Camp campers will also embark on field trips every Friday to local Water Parks as well as destinations such as Lincoln Park Zoo and Green Meadows Farm, just to name a few. Please contact Ken Pierini, Program Supervisor at (847) 810-3943 with any questions.
Adventure Camp provides an excellent all-day, outdoor camp experience. As well as learning basic sailing, fishing and navigation skills, campers will participate in a Geo-caching adventure. Each two-week session provides an opportunity for the campers to apply their newly acquired fire-starting skills as the camp overnight in Southern Wisconsin. Enrollment in multiple sessions is permitted and encouraged. Please contact Ken Pierini, Program Supervisor at (8470 810-3943 for more details.
Our one-week Wildlife Science Camp focuses on the development of the child's skills in many of the same technologies utilized in the study of natural science. Children will learn to use radio telemetry equipment, field scopes, GPS devices and other important research tools. Daily interaction with the animals in the Wildlife Discovery Center provides children with the opportunity to learn animal handling basics. Recreation time is provided. An off-campus trip to an animal care facility is included, as well as visits from special guests.
Since 1996, the staff members of the Wildlife Discovery Center have been leading a trip to the Central Michigan University Biological Station located at Beaver Island, MI. Learning about the island Ecology has been a trans-formative experience for past participants, many of whom have been inspired to pursue careers in biology. Group members will hike, boat and kayak as the explore the ancient forests, pristine coastlines and marshes rich with wildlife. The station provides excellent accommodations and boasts a fabulous cafeteria serving three buffet-style meals daily. Places for this wonderful opportunity sell out fast, as reservations are limited. A $150 deposit is required to hold each spot and is non-refundable unless the entire trip is cancelled. Departure is June 18th at 3:30am and participants return on June 22nd at 8:00pm. Parents and their enrolled children are required to attend an orientation meeting at Elawa Farm, 6:00pm on Tuesday, May 30th.
Are you interested in learning about becoming a birder? Are you already a birder? This three time, summer course will introduce you or enhance your skills in birding. You will learn binocular techniques, identification skills and other field tactics. The Wildlife Discovery Center is located on the beautiful Middlefork Savanna, home to over 200 species of birds. We will hike the savanna each class and look for new species. Our last day of the course will be a kayaking trip down Lake Michigan, more details to follow. This class is open to all participants over the age of 13.
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