UIC Environmental Science STEM Summer Youth Camp

Air. Water. Earth. 2017.


Join us this July for UIC’s environmental science summer youth day camp: Air, Water, Earth at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

This three-week day camp is an experiential learning program that teaches science in an accessible, enjoyable, collaborative environment – both in the classroom and outdoors.

Why Choose UIC’s Summer Day Camp?

When it comes to educational summer camps for your child, there are many choices.

UIC’s summer camp is an interactive program that engages campers in applying STEM concepts (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to their surrounding environment. Knowing STEM principles will give your child an advantage in their regular math, science, and computer science schoolwork throughout the year. UIC’s summer program integrates classroom activities with hands-on experiences outside of the classroom.

Campers will work on projects and conduct experiments in class, at the UIC Greenhouse, and at a local field trip site. Among many learning activities, campers will:

  • Construct instruments for measuring weather
  • Test soil
  • Create a micro-climate within an aquarium
  • Build a watershed

UIC’s camp is a three-week, full-day program offered Monday through Friday – convenient for parents and guardians.

The average cost is $298 per week.

The camper to educational staff ratio will not exceed 10:1.

For additional information, see the Camp Details box in the upper right of this page.

Who Should Attend

UIC’s environmental science day camp is for children who will be entering 6th or 7th grade in the Fall.

Educational Benefits

UIC’s camp introduces campers to STEM concepts through three main environmental science education themes: air, water, and earth.

The camp curriculum is fun and was developed using Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which incorporate the latest major advances: 1) in science and 2) in how children learn science effectively.

UIC’s camp helps children:

  • Enjoy, apply, and embrace science
  • Develop critical thinking skills using activities and lessons that connect reading, writing, art, and math to science
  • Learn responsibility and confidence through conservation, interactive experiences, and teamwork
  • Develop skills in advanced problem solving, ecology, and gathering data and specimens outdoors
  • Learn and appreciate local natural history
  • Meet new friends

The camp is taught by a National Board Certified teacher with 16 years of experience teaching middle school science. She is also credentialed in English as a Second Language, and will be assisted by one other certified instructor and an intern from the UIC College of Education. Additional support staff will be on-hand to help as needed.

Camp Curriculum

Campers will study one environmental science theme per week:

Air: learn about the earth’s atmosphere, weather and climate, global warming, greenhouse gases, and air pollution. Campers will also build instruments for measuring weather.

Water: learn about water systems, water density, seasonal cycles, the Great Lakes, fish habitats, the water crisis, and how to test water quality. Campers will also build a watershed.

Earth: learn about soil profiles, ecosystems, composting, tree and leaf identification, tree canopy and density, and measuring tree height. Campers will also study the local ecosystem, including insects and plants, and create a final project.

Camp Details

The camp takes place on the UIC campus, so campers will enjoy the full benefits of university classrooms, laboratories, and special facilities like the UIC greenhouse. There will also be a local field trip to an area of high environmental interest.

Parents choose from two available three-week sessions:

  • Session 1: July 10, 2017 – July 28, 2017
  • Session 2: July 31, 2017 – August 18, 2017

Camp hours for each session are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The camp fee is $895 for the three weeks.

Our camp experience is limited to 30 campers per session. Both sessions are expected to fill quickly. Register now!

Prior to registration, parents or guardians MUST review the Parent/Camper Handbook for information about the program, policies, and camper expectations. All forms contained within the Handbook MUST be completed, signed and returned to the UIC Extended Campus one week prior to the start of camp. Download the Parent/Camper Handbook here.


Have a question? Email UIC Extended Campus or call (312) 355-0423.

If you are a UIC faculty or staff member, you may qualify for UIC pricing. Call us at (312) 355-0423 for details.