Wildwood Program Center

Wildwood Program Center

Nature Programs

Wildwood Program Center hosts our scheduled nature classes, birthday parties, scout programs, school groups, and camps. We offer a variety of nature and environmental programs for ages 1 and older, as well as family events.

Location

529 Forestview Ave.
Park Ridge, Illinois

Phone

847-692-3570

Early Childhood Nature Programs

3200218 / Camp S'more

Looking for to extend your preschoolers camp day S'MORE? Explore at Wildwood, go on outdoor hikes, and dive into nature and animal themes each week. Children must be completely toilet trained by the first day of camp. Camp will be held primarily outdoors, and head inside in the event of inclement weather. If attending a morning camp that ends at 1:30pm at Maine Park, camp staff will escort your child to Camp S’more, located in the same building. Age for camp is age as of the first day of each session.
3200218-1 - Camp S'more MWF Jul 22- Jul 26
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Availability
Available
Res/NonRes
$60.00/$93.00
7/22/2024 - 7/26/2024
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location
Maine Park
Ages
3.00-6.00
3200218-2 - Camp S'more T/TH Jul 23 - Jul 25
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Availability
Available
Res/NonRes
$40.00/$64.00
7/23/2024 - 7/25/2024
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location
Maine Park
Ages
3.00-6.00
3200218-3 - Camp S'more MWF Jul 29- Aug 2
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Availability
Available
Res/NonRes
$60.00/$93.00
7/29/2024 - 8/2/2024
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location
Maine Park
Ages
3.00-6.00
3200218-4 - Camp S'more T/TH Jul 30 - Aug 1
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Availability
Available
Res/NonRes
$40.00/$64.00
7/30/2024 - 8/1/2024
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location
Maine Park
Ages
3.00-6.00
3200218-5 - Camp S'more MWF Aug 5- Aug 9
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Availability
Available
Res/NonRes
$60.00/$93.00
8/5/2024 - 8/9/2024
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location
Maine Park
Ages
3.00-6.00
3200218-6 - Camp S'more T/TH Aug 6- Aug 8
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Availability
Available
Res/NonRes
$40.00/$64.00
8/6/2024 - 8/8/2024
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location
Maine Park
Ages
3.00-6.00

4160101 / Wild Ones

Spark the natural curiosity in your “Wild One” as we take in the beauty of the natural world. Discover water, fish, flowers, and other surprises with a visit to the animal room, stories, songs, themed activities, and nature walks. Dress for a mess.
4160101-1 - Wild Ones
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Availability
Full
Res/NonRes
$51.00/$84.00
6/18/2024 - 7/16/2024
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location
Wildwood Nature Center
Ages
1y-2y w/Adult

4160103 / Deep Sea Divers

Dive deep into the sea and discover ocean animals. Enjoy ocean themed crafts, activities, and stories as we learn about sea horses, manta rays, sea stars, and sharks. Visit Wildwood’s underwater critters and head outside for a hike each week. No class July 4.
4160103-1 - Deep Sea Divers
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Availability
Available
Res/NonRes
$41.00/$65.00
6/20/2024 - 7/18/2024
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location
Wildwood Nature Center
Ages
Ages 2-3 w/Adult

4160202 / Science Kids

See the world through science goggles. Uncover the natural, physical and earth sciences with fun experiments, observations, games, crafts, and outdoor hikes. No class July 5.
4160202-1 - Science Kids
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Availability
Full
Res/NonRes
$71.00/$98.00
6/17/2024 - 7/15/2024
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Location
Wildwood Nature Center
Ages
3y-6y

5160201 / Nature Friends

Experience the wonders of animals, plants, and the outdoors with fun games, crafts, experiments, and activities. We are all about hands-on learning and discovery and venture outside for nature hikes. Different topics each session. No class Oct 14 or Nov 25.
5160201-1 - Nature Friends Monday AM (Full Semester)
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Availability
Available
Res/NonRes
$316.00/$379.00
9/9/2024 - 12/16/2024
9:00 am - 11:30 am
Location
Wildwood Nature Center
Ages
3-6y w/o Adult
5160201-2 - Nature Friends Mon AM Session 1
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Availability
Available
Res/NonRes
$170.00/$204.00
9/9/2024 - 10/28/2024
9:00 am - 11:30 am
Location
Wildwood Nature Center
Ages
3-6y w/o Adult
5160201-3 - Nature Friends Monday AM Session 2
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Availability
Available
Res/NonRes
$146.00/$170.00
11/4/2024 - 12/16/2024
9:00 am - 11:30 am
Location
Wildwood Nature Center
Ages
3-6y w/o Adult
5160201-11 - Nature Friends Monday PM (Full Semester)
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Availability
Available
Res/NonRes
$316.00/$379.00
9/9/2024 - 12/16/2024
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Location
Wildwood Nature Center
Ages
3-6y w/o Adult
5160201-12 - Nature Friends Mon PM Session 1
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Availability
Available
Res/NonRes
$170.00/$204.00
9/9/2024 - 10/28/2024
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Location
Wildwood Nature Center
Ages
3-6y w/o Adult
5160201-13 - Nature Friends Monday PM Session 2
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Availability
Available
Res/NonRes
$146.00/$170.00
11/4/2024 - 12/16/2024
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Location
Wildwood Nature Center
Ages
3-6y w/o Adult
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Youth Nature Programs

4160407 / Rangers in Training

Interested in being a ranger at Wildwood? Get a hands-on taste of what it’s like to be a Wildwood ranger. Learn how to clean, feed, and care for the animals during this fun hands-on session.
4160407-1 - Rangers in Training
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Availability
Waitlist
Res/NonRes
$81.00/$125.00
6/10/2024 - 7/29/2024
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location
Wildwood Nature Center
Ages
Ages 10-14
4160407-2 - Rangers in Training
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Availability
Waitlist
Res/NonRes
$81.00/$125.00
6/14/2024 - 8/9/2024
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location
Wildwood Nature Center
Ages
Ages 10-14
1

Family Nature Events

4160502 / S'more Stories and Songs

Enjoy a summer night of s'mores, stories, and songs around a campfire with your family. Sit around Wildwood's campfire circle to sing songs, listen to stories, cook yummy s'mores, and head out around the pond for a nighttime stroll. Fee is per family, please register only one member of your family.
4160502-1 - S'more Stories, Songs, and Strolls
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Availability
Waitlist
Res/NonRes
$20.00/$20.00
6/21/2024 - 6/21/2024
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location
Wildwood Nature Center
Ages
4160502-2 - S'more Stories, Songs, and Strolls
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Availability
Waitlist
Res/NonRes
$20.00/$20.00
7/19/2024 - 7/19/2024
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location
Wildwood Nature Center
Ages
4160502-3 - S'more Stories, Songs, and Strolls
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Availability
Available
Res/NonRes
$20.00/$20.00
8/16/2024 - 8/16/2024
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location
Wildwood Nature Center
Ages

4160504 / Backyard Campout

Camp out with your family in the Park District’s backyard, outside at the Wildwood Nature Center. Enjoy a campfire dinner and s’mores on Friday night and breakfast on Saturday morning. After dinner, say hello to the Wildwood critters, borrow a fishing pole and visit the pond, and enjoy a family friendly movie before turning in for the night. Participants are required to bring their own tents and bedding. Fee is per person. Please let us know if you have any dietary concerns/allergies.
4160504-1 - Backyard Campout Ages 2-10
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Availability
Available
Res/NonRes
$19.00/$23.00
9/6/2024 - 9/7/2024
5:00 pm - 10:00 am
Location
Wildwood Nature Center
Ages
Ages 2-10
4160504-2 - Backyard Campout Ages 11 & Up
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Availability
Available
Res/NonRes
$24.00/$28.00
9/6/2024 - 9/7/2024
5:00 pm - 10:00 am
Location
Wildwood Nature Center
Ages
Ages 11 & Up

4160505 / Pond Dippers

Have fun as a family discovering what lurks beneath the surface of the pond! Dip and scoop with nets to catch lots of critters and maybe a few tadpoles! Learn all about life in the pond, and dress for a mess.
4160505-2 - Pond Dippers
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Availability
Waitlist
Res/NonRes
$20.00/$20.00
7/23/2024 - 7/23/2024
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location
Wildwood Nature Center
Ages

4160509 / Zombie Tag

Ready for Wildwood’s twist on the classic tag? A popular Nature Camp and Discovery Crew game, Zombie Tag is a prairie wide invasion to escape and evade getting tagged by the group of Zombie players. Zombies are marked with an X, and getting tagged by a zombie player will result in one stripe across your own shirt. A second stripe makes you a full fledged ”Zombie" and you join the rest of the mob.
4160509-2 - Zombie Tag
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Availability
Available
Res/NonRes
$5.00/$5.00
6/25/2024 - 6/25/2024
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Location
Wildwood Nature Center
Ages
4160509-3 - Zombie Tag
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Availability
Available
Res/NonRes
$5.00/$5.00
7/1/2024 - 7/1/2024
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Location
Wildwood Nature Center
Ages
4160509-4 - Zombie Tag
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Availability
Available
Res/NonRes
$5.00/$5.00
7/16/2024 - 7/16/2024
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Location
Wildwood Nature Center
Ages
4160509-5 - Zombie Tag
Register
Availability
Available
Res/NonRes
$5.00/$5.00
8/7/2024 - 8/7/2024
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Location
Wildwood Nature Center
Ages
1