Scouting in nature

A message from Jill. Please contact her if your child is interested in these classes. Her contact info is at the bottom.


Hello, Scoutin’ Around Families!


Fall has ended and we’re looking forward to the holidays…and the winter season of Scoutin’ Around at Emily Oaks! Encourage your kids to stay active this winter by exploring the natural world, learning new skills, and having fun outdoors!


What is Scoutin’ Around?

Scoutin’ Around is a 10-week program with weekly sessions at Emily Oaks Nature Center in Skokie, and it’s just for homeschool kids! Each session includes a nature-focused topic or skill, outdoor games or activities, and creative endeavors like crafts, dramatic performances, or storytelling. (Check out the attached “Session Description” for this season’s topics!)


Students can attend as many sessions as they wish, depending on their interests and/or application to studies at home. They will earn iron-on patches each week as a visual representation of their participation. After each session, participants will receive a resource page to encourage further exploration.


Details, Details

Sessions are held every Tuesday at Emily Oaks from 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. The winter season begins on January 13 and ends on March 17. Students will be placed in one of two class groups based on age at time of enrollment (6-7 years old, 8+ years old), and will participate in age-appropriate activities with others in their age group.


At least a portion of every session will take place outside—please dress for the weather. Fees vary according to the session (see attached registration form for individual session fees).


Nature Neighbors, a 10-week for children 4-5 years old, is held at Emily Oaks at the same time as Scoutin’ Around for your family’s convenience. Stop by the nature center for a registration form. Registration dates are the same as Scoutin’ Around, listed below.


Registration Information

Pre-registration is required. Registration begins on Monday, December 15 for Skokie residents and Monday, December 22 for non-residents. Registration deadline for ALL winter sessions is Monday, January 12.


Please fill out the attached registration form and mail it, fax it to (847) 933-4328, or bring it to Emily Oaks Nature Center to sign up in person. Payment will be due at the time of registration.


Each session must have a minimum number of participants in order to run. Registration will be processed on a first come, first serve basis until sessions have the maximum number of participants. 



Please feel free to forward this information to anyone who may be interested! Let me know if you have any questions regarding the winter season of Scoutin’ Around, or if I can help you in any other way.


Enjoy the day,


Jill Raabe

School-Age Program Coordinator

Emily Oaks Nature Center

Skokie Park District

(847) 677-7001

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