ChicaGO Explorers Training at Northerly Island
Next Session:  October 2016


Family Camping

Camp out overnight with your family in a Chicago Park District park! Take a nature hike, go fishing, learn basic camping principles, and enjoy a campfire. Learn basic camping skills from our experts, camping and fishing equipment will be provIded. After you experience Family Camping you'll have all the know-how needed to camp on your own.  Parent or guardian must participate, up to six family members, age six and up.

Camping begins on Saturday at 2pm, and ends Sunday at 10am.
Cost is $50 per family.  

Note:  Online registration begins two months prior to the program start date.

August 20 - August 21
Gompers Park
4222 W. Foster Ave.

August 27 - 28
Riis Park
6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

September 10 - 11
Northerly Island
1521 S. Linn White Dr.
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September 17 - 18
Washington Park
5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.

Urban Campers

Urban Campers is a week-long program that introduces youth, ages 9-12, to local nature through camping. At neighborhood parks they learn outdoors skills such as fishing, building a campfire and pitching a tent. At the end of the week, participants apply this knowledge during a 24-hour camping experience in a local park, from Thursday to Friday morning.

Meets Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday from 10am - 2pm, and Thursday from 10am to Friday at 10am.  Urban Campers is offered during July and early August at select parks.

Under Illinois Skies

This week-long activity is for children, ages 10-13, who have already completed Urban Campers and are ready for the next level of camping. Participants will participate in environmental education and adventure recreation activities and put them into practice during a 3-day overnight camping experience at Torstenson Family Youth Conservation Center.

Meets Monday & Tuesday from 10am - 3pm, and Wedneday from 10am to Friday at noon.  Under Illinois Skies is offered from mid-July to mid-August at select parks.