Outdoor Discovery Camp: Experience Illinois With Your Grandchild
Challenge yourself and your grandchild in fun and meaningful ways as you canoe, kayak, zipline through the forest canopy, and rock-climb the sandstone bluffs in southern Illinois!
Program No. 14848RJ
5 days
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5 days
4 nights
11 meals
4B 3L 4D
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At a Glance

Connect with both nature and your grandchild as you create lifelong memories together. Conquer new challenges as you canoe, kayak, rock-climb, zipline, hike and explore the unique diversity of southern Illinois. Learn the history of megafauna in North America and join naturalists on a hike along the scenic lakes and trails. Climb and rappel towering sandstone rocks, zipline through the forest canopy, and enjoy swimming, fishing, owl-prowling and a campfire to round out your week of adventure.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking up to 1.5 miles on hilly terrain, dirt and/or rocky path. Canoeing/kayaking up to three miles on flat water. Rock climbing and zipline tour includes safety and instruction. Safety harnesses are used for both activities and facilitated by certified staff.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore miles of uninterrupted shoreline by canoe and kayak, stopping to learn about native cultures, throw replica atlatl’s and practice other skills used by prehistoric peoples.
  • Go rock-climbing on sandstone bluffs with experts who teach you the techniques you need to reach heights of 70 feet, and also experience the forest canopy on Illinois' only all tree-based zipline.
  • Enjoy the last evening with a beach cookout and a campfire and a sunset pontoon ride.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-12. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Alan Shearer
Alan Shearer received his bachelor’s in outdoor recreation from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He is the co-founder of the Land for Learning Institute, is a Wilderness First Responder, and facilitator for Project Wild and Leave No Trace. Alan has over 15 years experience leading canoe expeditions on rivers, lakes and swamps and is also a lead instructor for birding excursions.
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