Summer Camps

Due to COVID-19, the District will not be offering Summer Camps in 2020. We encourage you to check out the Conservation Kids (Activities in a Box) program, E-Learning, and other smaller, more intimate family programs.  See you next year!

Spend your summer with us!  Please note children must be within three months of turning the appropriate age in order to enroll. Age exceptions greater than three months are not considered until April 1, 2020, and final decisions are at the discretion of the camp directors. Please call (815) 479-5779 for additional information. 

Check out our 2020 Summer Camp Brochure!   To ensure you receive communications from us regarding your child’s summer camp, please add to your email contact list. 



New this year we are partnering with ePACT to replace our paper emergency information forms. If you plan to enroll your child in summer camp please note you will be required to submit your child’s emergency information through the ePACT website. More information on this process will be available at a later date.  

Financial Assistance  
Scholarships for McHenry County families are made available through the generous contribution of the McHenry County Conservation Foundation. Applications for the 2020 summer camp season will be available online and we begin receiving applications on February 1, 2020. Applications are processed first come, first served, and applicants are notified of eligibility within 5 business days. Financial assistance is not guaranteed and funds are limited.
Financial Assistance Application (English)
Financial Assistance Application (Spanish)

Need to cancel your child’s enrollment in camp?  Contact the Prairieview Education Center at (815) 479-5779 or at A cancellation notice of at least 10 business days is required in order to receive a refund. No refunds are issued after the 10 business days notification deadline has passed or if a camper is withdrawn during a camp session.

Summer Camps

Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Ringwood
Fee: McHenry County Resident: $110.00 | Non-resident: $137.00
Session 1 for ages 8-9: June 15-19, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Session 2 for ages 10-11: August 3-7, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

In this five day, noncompetitive program, campers canoe the Nippersink Creek and hike Glacial Park’s trails, exploring prairie, woodland, and wetland. They also play popular camp games such as Predator-Prey, an off-trail game about food chains, and Restoration Tag, a camp favorite. Campers get to decorate their own t-shirts to take home and take part in a Friday cookout and graduation.

Prairieview Education Center, Crystal Lake and other Conservation District Sites
Fee: McHenry County Resident: $115.00 | Non-resident: $144.00
June 22-26, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Explore five different Conservation District sites during this weeklong adventure-filled camp. Counselors transport campers each day by van to a new location to participate in outdoor adventures and activities at that site. Activities include geocaching, fishing, nature photography, bike riding and archery. This camp also includes a Friday cookout lunch. On Thursday, June 25, bring your bike! Drop off and pick up will be at Hillside Rd. parking lot in Crystal Lake so we can bike along a section of the Prairie Trail.

Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Ringwood
Fee: McHenry County Resident: $115.00 | Non-resident: $144.00
Session 1: June 22-26, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Session 2: July 20-24, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Aspiring young hunters, this camp is for you! In this 5-day non-competitive day camp, we teach all the requirements of the Illinois hunter safety course, including hunter responsibility and ethics, firearms and ammunition, firearm safety in the home, state regulations, and more. We also offer you the chance to go out into the park off-trail to practice blood trailing and tracking, setting up a tree stand, first aid scenarios, and transporting your deer. As a summer camp opportunity, we also include games and activities regarding wildlife management and conservation as well as an archery class and a wild game cookout! At the end of the week, you can take the test for Illinois hunter safety certification at no charge. This camp includes instruction from certified hunter safety instructors as well as camp counselors.

Prairieview Education Center, Crystal Lake
Fee: McHenry County Resident: $110.00 | Non-resident: $137.00
July 13- 17, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Artistic adventurers wanted! Campers get to sample a wide variety of creative arts and explore nature on a daily basis. These investigations of their natural surroundings provide campers with inspiration and possibly even the supplies for their artistic endeavors. Will it be weaving, painting, photography, music, poetry or pottery? Every day offers opportunities for some hands-on fun along with traditional day camp activities.

Prairieview Education Center, Crystal Lake
Fee: McHenry County Resident: $110.00 | Non-resident: $137.00
Session 1 for ages 10-11: June 8-12, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Session 2 for ages 8-9: July 6-10, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Session 3 for ages 10-11: July 20-24, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 
Session 4 for ages 8-9: July 27-31, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Fishing, canoeing, campfire building, outdoor challenges, hiking adventures, camp crafts and t-shirts make this day camp exciting and fun! Outdoor Adventure Camp is a five-day program that promotes fun and learning in a noncompetitive environment. Register for one session only.

Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park, Ringwood
Fee: McHenry County Resident: $110.00 | Non-resident: $137.00
July 6-10, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Campers explore STEEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) topics, using the natural Environment as the organizing theme. Along with all the traditional day camp activities  such as games, crafts, hikes and a cook-out, campers spend time with hands-on  activities that build skills, foster critical thinking and pique their  curiosity about how the natural world works. These activities will vary, but campers may use scientific tools to investigate native habitats, check out the engineering abilities of local wildlife, learn about the technologies used by today’s ecologists, use math to find their way around outdoors, and much more! Camp activities are primarily outdoors and include lots of hiking.

Prairieview Education Center, Crystal Lake
Fee: McHenry County Resident: $90.00 | Non-resident: $112.00
June 15-19, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Looking for a chance to discover nature after the sun goes down? Look no further! Each evening will begin with dinner around the fire, provided as part of the camp. Following our nightly feast, campers will explore the park at sunset, discovering what the animals of the prairie and woodland habitats do after darkness falls. Traditional camp activities including hiking, games, t-shirt decorating and more will round out this exciting week.

Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park, Ringwood
Fee: McHenry County Resident: $110.00 | Non-resident: $137.00
July 13-17, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Campers experience a different era of history each day. From early Native American life through French exploration, pioneer life and farm life, we explore all facets of our heritage through games, activities, hikes, crafts, and visits to historical sites. As early explorers, campers canoe the wilds of Glacial Park and participate in a fur trade. As early farmers they conduct their daily chores, enjoy a harvest lunch, and more! This camp is primarily outdoors and includes extensive hiking.

(Includes overnight campout)
Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park, Ringwood
Fee: McHenry County Resident: $115.00 | Non-resident: $144.00
July 28-31 See times below.

This camp is filled with fun and adventure, including an overnight campout! Over the course of 24 hours, we will conduct a triathlon of sorts: bicycling 13 miles, hiking 2 miles, and kayaking 7 miles! We will have plenty of food for energy and still find time for sleeping in tents and sitting by the campfire. There are also two other days filled with exploration, outdoor activity, and fun.

Tuesday and Friday
Drop off 9:00 a.m. and pick up at 3:00 p.m. at the Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park.

Wednesday and Thursday
Drop off at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Hillside Road parking lot on the Prairie Trail Bike Path in Crystal Lake. Campers stay overnight in Glacial Park and are picked up at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Pioneer Canoe Landing in Glacial Park.

Fee: McHenry County Resident: $65.00 | Non-resident: $81.00

Session 1: June 8-12, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park, Ringwood
Session 2: August 3-7, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Prairieview Education Center, Crystal Lake

Here is a chance for younger children to enjoy a half-day summer camp with us. Through games, hikes, and other fun activities, campers learn about the habitats of our conservation areas and the animals that live in them. They have the opportunity to explore wetlands, prairies and woodlands.  Register for one session only.