All About Animals
Introduce your child to the wild world of animals through educational games, interactive exercises, and crafts. We’ll discover habitats and the animals that live there, ecosystems, cool facts and fables, and more! There will be no class on July 1. Min 8/Max 15.
All About Animals 5-7 M, 06/17-07/15 3:00-4:00P Tiny Tot Room 506440-01 $50/$67
Saturday STEM Challenge
Will you rise to the challenge? Aspiring scientists will put their skills to the test, this class is designed to heighten critical thinking and inspire curiosity. Each Saturday will feature a new theme, challenges, and experiments. You won’t want to miss this! There will be no class on July 6.
Min 8/Max 15.
Saturday STEM Challenge 6-12 Sa, 06/22-07/20 11:00A-12:30P Spruce Room 506340-01 $50/$67
Full Moon Campfire Hike
Discover the night during this after-hours program with the park district. You’ll learn scientific facts and folklore about the full moon, explore nocturnal life with games and activities centered around animals that are active at night, and experience a night hike through the forest. The hike is followed by a campfire complete with stories and s’mores. Min 10/Max 30.
Full Moon Campfire Hike All Th, 08/15 9:00-10:00P Fischer Farm 506540-01 $5/$7
Get up-close and personal with bugs! We’ll examine live insects, learn about their forest habitats, and see where to find them. Discover the structures that help them survive, their life stages, and how they live in harmony with humans. Min 8/Max 15.
Invertebrate Safari 7-10 Tu, 06/04 10:30A-12:00P Fischer Farm 506840-01 $8/$11
Invertebrate Safari 7-10 Tu, 07/09 10:30A-12:00P Fischer Farm 506840-02 $8/$11
Invertebrate Safari 7-10 Tu, 08/06 10:30A-12:00P Fischer Farm 506840-03 $8/$11
Leave No Trace Workshop
The Leave No Trace Center of Outdoor Ethics is a national organization that protects the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. During this workshop you’ll learn the Leave No Trace Seven Principles through engaging activities, get the tools you need to implement the Principles in the real world, and leave with the knowledge to help sustain healthy, vibrant natural lands. Min 8/Max20.
Leave No Trace Workshop All Sa, 07/06 1:00-4:00P Fischer Farm 506940-01 $10/$14
Do you believe in fairies? During this program you and your child will learn about the folklore surrounding forests, glens, meadows and swamps from all around the world on an easy, loop trail hike. Following our walk we’ll let our creativity take over and build houses for the fairies out of natural materials.
Min 8/Max 15.
Troll Patrol 5-8 Sa, 08/10 10:30-11:30A Fischer Farm 506640-01 $8/$11
Ever wanted to learn about birdwatching, but didn’t know where to start? We’ll teach you all the skills you need to get started with this fun and healthy hobby during a morning out in the woods. You’ll gain skills using binoculars, find out how to identify common birds by their calls and appearance, and learn a bit about the natural history of local birds. Min 8/Max20.
Bird Watching Basics All Sa, 08/17 8:30-10:00A Fischer Farm 506740-01 $8/$11
Joy Power Crew©
A joyful and empowering children’s program as unique as each child’s fingerprint. This dynamic program offers children (K-5) a lively environment to boost self-esteem through play and interactive lessons. Each week we will focus on strengthening social skills and building self-confidence with activities like art projects, stories, songs, light exercise, stretching and mindfulness. Children will learn how to interact with others and the world around them with a stronger sense of self-worth, all while having a bunch of fun! No class July 4.
Joy Power Crew 6-10 Th, 06/13-08/08 4:30-5:30P Birch Room 506127-01 $40/$50
New Badge Programs
Work towards your badges with the Bensenville Park District! Each program takes 1.5 to 2 hours and will fulfill most or all the requirements for one of the badges listed. Rates are per troop. Want to do a badge program with your troop? Contact Lisa Semetko at (630) 238-490, or email@example.com to schedule your program today!
Lions: Mountain Lion
We’ll get ready for a day in the woods by playing games to help us understand what we need when we’re on an outdoor adventure. Then we’ll take a hike and learn about some of the living things we can find in the forest. Fulfills all requirements for the Mountain Lion Adventure. (LS)
Lions: Ready, Set, Grow
Learn all about the different ways to garden, eat some healthy snacks made from locally grown food, and try planting your own garden. Fulfills all requirements for Ready, Set, Grow Adventure. (LS)
Tigers: Tigers in the Wild
Get out into the wild with your pack and learn about the forest! You’ll go on a half mile hike, find out about the kinds of living things that call our woods home, and understand the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids. Fulfills requirements 2 3B, 3C, 4, 6, and 7 for Tigers in the Wild Adventure. (LS)
Tigers: The Sky is the Limit
Check out the Farm after Dark with the Park District. We’ll study the stars of the night sky with our eyes and with telescopes, discover the names of constellations and the stars that make them up, and get the chance to make our own constellations back inside. Fulfills requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 of Sky is the Limit Adventure. (LS)
Bears: Fur, Feathers & Ferns
We won’t ruffle any feathers on this one mile hike through the woods. Use your detective skills to find and identify signs of animals living in the forest, study the plants that make up our woods, and learn about the food web from top to bottom. Fulfills requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 of Fur, Feathers, and Ferns Adventure. (LS)
Wolf: Call of the Wild
Will you respond to the Call of the Wild? Make sure you’re equipped to handle everything the wild throws at you with this survival adventure in the woods. You’ll learn about the kinds of knots you’ll need to know, what kinds of animals you’ll share your space with and how to identify them, make a fire, and how to build a shelter. Fulfills requirements 1B, 2, 3A, 3C, 4A, 5, and 6 of Call of the Wild Adventure. (LS)
Wolf: Grow Something
You’ll learn about Illinois’ growing zone and the plants that live in it, what skills you need to keep a healthy garden, make an awesome terrarium to take, and go home with a seed you planted in your own container. Fulfills requirements 2, 3, and 4A of Grow Something Adventure. Complete requirment 1 a month after program. (LS)
Webelos: Into the Woods
First we’ll find out all about the trees populating Illinois’ woodlands, how to care for them, why trees are important, and the different parts of the tree. Then we’ll take our knowledge and put it to the test during a hike through the forest. Lastly you’ll plant your very own seedling to take home. Fulfills requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 of Into the Woods Adventure.
Daisy: Money Counts Leaf
Girls will learn money skills like its 1899. First they will earn their money, then make a shopping list, and finally spend their money to buy supplies for their farm. Working towards badge 1, 2, and 3 of Money Counts Leaf. (LS)
Scouts will learn all about the bugs living in Illinois’ forests. Girls will make and label their own bug chart, make some cool bug art, and go on a bug-finding adventure. Fulfills requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 of Bugs Badge. (LS)
Go on a treasure hunt with your Troop! You’ll learn what geocaching is, how to work a GPS, and how to prepare for a goecaching adventure. Then we’ll try out geocaching and make a trade item to take home. Fulfills requirments 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 of Geocacher Badge. (LS)
Cadette: Night Owl
Explore the night with your troop! You’ll learn about how nocturnal animals experience their world, go on a night hike, and have a bonfire with s’mores. Fulfills requirements 1, 2, 3, and 4 of Night Owl Badge. (LS)
Senior: Eco Explorer
Meet with our Naturalists to learn about how biodiversity supports a healthy natural community, help steward the forest with some invasive species removal, and learn aobut global ecosystem issues affecting the world today. Fulfills requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 of Eco Explorer Badge. (LS)