Summer Camps 2024

Join us for a fun week of all things science!

Calling all aspiring scientists! Burpee Museum has two fun-filled weeks this summer featuring Earth science and biology themes. Join us to learn more about fossils, geology, and minerals during the Earth Explorers camp and zoology, animal behavior, and habitats during the Biology Camp.


Preregistration is required and can be done online through Eventbrite or by calling Burpee’s visitor services department (815-965-3433). 

Choose a camp below to learn more:

Earth Explorers

July 15-19

At Earth Explorers Summer Camp, young adventurers embark on a thrilling journey through time and space! Set against the backdrop of our natural history museum, campers dive into hands-on activities, fossil excavations, and exhibits that bring Earth’s history to life. From digging up ancient artifacts to uncovering the mysteries of dinosaurs, every day is an exploration of the wonders that shaped our planet. Led by Burpee’s educators, the camp blends education with excitement, inspiring a love for science and discovery. It’s a summer camp experience where curiosity meets adventure, and lifelong memories are unearthed!



July 29- August 2

Embark on a scientific adventure at our Burpee Biology Summer Camp! Young minds will explore the wonders of the natural world through hands-on activities, engaging experiments, and exciting adventures. From bugs to plants and everything in between, our campers will discover the magic of biology in a fun and interactive way. Burpee educators will guide them through captivating lessons, fostering a love for science and the environment. It’s a summer filled with curiosity, discovery, and the joy of understanding the unique life forms surrounding us!