Kids and teens can explore the outdoors, technology, art, animals, and more with several upcoming programs hosted by University of Illinois Extension of DuPage, Kane, and Kendall counties. 

  • All About Trees: During this six-part experience, youth will learn about tree science and participate in fun, hands-on activities such as tree identification, leaf art, scavenger hunts, and keeping a nature journal. They will also learn about practicing mindfulness in nature and about environmental careers. This 4-H Club is being held in partnership with the Chicago Region Trees Initiative at the Morton Arboretum on Mondays, July 11 to Aug. 15 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $30 per youth.
  • Quads Away Drones: Youth will gain an understanding of drones through a variety of engaging activities during this six-session experience. They will learn aerospace fundamentals and principles, how a drone works, FAA regulations and privacy, the basics of UAV operation, and more. It will meet 2 to 4 p.m. July 11 to 15 in Wheaton OR July 25 to 29 in St. Charles, with a special bonus event on Aug. 8. Designed for ages 11 to 18. Cost is $45 per youth.
  • Stamp Carving: Participants will design, carve, and create their own stamp in this one-hour workshop. Youth will learn how to select and transfer images for their stamp project, safety for handling carving tools, and stamp creation techniques. Their final stamp can be taken home and used to personalize letters and cards, for scrapbooking, and more. This workshop will be offered July 20 in Yorkville, with both morning and afternoon options. Cost is $10 per youth.
  • Farmette in Action: During this six-part experience, youth will do fun, hands-on activities, such as horse grooming, farm photography, soap-making, and goat pedicures. This program is in partnership with Live Learn & Lead, a 501(c)3 organization, and will meet on Tuesdays, July 26 to Aug. 30 at 4:30 p.m. in Hampshire. Cost is $80 per youth.
  • Environmental Hero: This one-day camp, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 30, is designed for youth ages 12 to 18 who love the environment, want to learn more about caring for the world, and are ready to put their superpowers into environmental action. The group will explore topics such as: sustainable food systems, renewable energy and green jobs, and art in the environmental movement. Cost is $25 per youth.

Registration is required by the deadline for each program and space may be limited. Learn more about any open programs at If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, contact the event coordinator or email or call 630-553-5823. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.



We Salute the 4-H

4H believes in nurturing responsible, caring and contributing leaders who are committed to positively impacting their communities. The four H's represent their core values: Head: managing, thinking. Heart: relating, caring. Hands: giving, working. The following businesses salute all of Kendall County 4H members and their leaders!