Science & Biology

Xcelerate summer enrichment camps for ages 4 to 14.

Girl in marsh with a butterfly net.
Science XPLOSION!
Calling all junior scientists! Have a blast while applying the same principles used by chemists, biologists, physicists, forensics experts and other scientists! Led by Waubonsee Assistant Professor Dani DuCharme, you’ll conduct all types of experiments and build a variety of innovative creations. Examine microbes, process crime scenes, dissect bugs, launch rockets and more! There’s a fresh burst of projects each year!
Ages 7 to 10
Dates Time Location Ticket Number (CRN) Cost
June 20 – June 24 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus SCI720.001 (30857) $129
July 18 – July 22 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus SCI720.002 (30859) $129
Camp Insecta
Did you know that there are more species of insects than all other land animals put together? Join entomologist and Waubonsee Assistant Professor Dani DuCharme in an exploration of all things insect! Study the basics of their anatomy and physiology, collect all kinds of species and even have the opportunity to try one or two tasty bugs (if you'd like). By the end of the week you'll have a cool collection of insects to take home.
Ages 7 to 10
Dates Time Location Ticket Number (CRN) Cost
July 11 – July 15 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus SCI740.001 (30860) $129
Animal Explorers – Dogs and Cats
Many of us have pets, but what do we really know about those cuddly creatures sharing our home? Explore the world of Canis lupus familiaris and Felis catus - the domestic dog and cat. Learn about their anatomy, the characteristics of different breeds, and how both dogs and cats communicate with each other and their owners. Then, discover how best to keep your furry friends safe and healthy.
Ages 7 to 10
Dates Time Location Ticket Number (CRN) Cost
July 18 – July 22 9 a.m. - noon Sugar Grove Campus SCI727.001 (30811) $109
Horseback Riding
Designed for those with little or no prior experience to learn how to ride as well as care for and groom a horse. Each day, you'll take turns riding, grooming and learning more about our equine friends. In-between, you'll even do themed crafts. Campers must wear Velcro® or tie shoes, socks, long pants, t-shirt (no spaghetti straps) and a riding or bicycle helmet. Safety restrictions dictate a maximum weight of 150 pounds.

Note: This camp runs for three days: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and meets at Huntoon Stables in North Aurora.

Ages 8 to 12
Dates Time Location Ticket Number (CRN) Cost
June 14 – June 16 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Huntoon Stables, North Aurora REC713.001 (30792) $179
July 26 – July 28 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Huntoon Stables, North Aurora REC713.002 (30794) $179
Relaxation Station
The Relaxation Station is the place to be if you’ve signed up for both a morning and an afternoon session. Hang out, eat lunch or just relax in between camps in a supervised classroom setting. You’ll be escorted to and from your scheduled camps. Bring a sack lunch!
Ages 7 to 14
Dates Time Location Ticket Number (CRN) Cost
June 6 – June 10 Noon - 1 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus REC715.001 (30827) $11
June 13 – June 17 Noon - 1 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus REC715.002 (30829) $11
June 20 – June 24 Noon - 1 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus REC715.003 (30830) $11
June 27 – July 1 Noon - 1 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus REC715.004 (30831) $11
July 11 – July 15 Noon - 1 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus REC715.005 (30832) $11
July 18 – July 22 Noon - 1 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus REC715.007 (30835) $11
July 25 – July 29 Noon - 1 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus REC715.009 (30837) $11

Popular camps fill-up quickly, so register today! 

Questions? Email or call Community Education at (630) 466-2360.