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Learn through play at NIU Lorado Taft summer camps

May 25, 2019

DeKALB – From playing pirates to building robots, fun is in store for elementary and middle school age campers at Northern Illinois University’s Lorado Taft Field Campus.

The beautiful 141-acre wooded property overlooking the Rock River near Oregon, Illinois, is home to both day and overnight camps that educate and entertain while connecting young people to nature.

“The amazing food and the best staff ever make a trip to Taft worthwhile, but our camps enhance the experience by incorporating nature and the woodland resources into our STEM activities,” Sam Watt, coordinator of NIU STEM Exploration camps at Lorado Taft, said in a news release.

Watt said these residential camps for students entering grades seven through nine help to engage young people in scientific exploration through their choice of tracks, ranging from art to robotics to gaming and puzzles.

NIU STEM Camp Director Jeremy Benson is looking forward to the new “Making” track, which introduces campers to a wide range of power tools, 3-D printers and other devices to help their creativity flourish.

“The campers will get to design their own project and stretch their imaginations while being inspired by the natural world around them,” Benson said in the release.

For campers who prefer a day camp experience, Lorado Taft also offers full-day camps for 7- to 12-year-olds and half-day camps for 5- to 6-year-olds.

Registration and information about middle school residential camps is available at go.niu.edu/MiddleSchoolCamps. Registration for elementary and middle school day camps is available at niu.edu/taft/daycamp.

Residential camp fees begin at $695, half-day camp fees begin at $70 and full-day camp fees begin at $115, with some discounts available.

Learn about the dozens of additional NIU summer camps for elementary through high school students at go.niu.edu/summercamps.

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