June 6 - August 5
Closed to the public on weekdays while the Jacomo Summer Camp is in session.
August 8 - August 31
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Nestled in the Fleming Park Nature Preserve on the east side of Lake Jacomo, the Kemper Outdoor Education Center is a haven for nature lovers and educators.
The Kemper Outdoor Education Center plays host to the Dogtober Fest.
Nature Center & Nature Trails
Inside the Nature Center you’ll find rock and fossil exhibits, a natural resource library, mounted examples of native wildlife. The grounds feature nature trails, butterfly and water gardens, wildlife viewing areas, an arboretum, a shelter house, large pond and a day camp site.
The Outdoor Classroom offers a valuable resource for hands-on environmental education. Hikers on the Habitat Trail can explore a variety of ecology: wetland, prairie, woodland and cactus glade.
Self-guided tours are free of charge.
Environmental Education Programs
The Kemper Outdoor Education Center staff offers guided interpretive programs for classrooms, youth groups and organizations. In April, May and September, the X-Stream Green field trip program offers multi-station outdoor education for 1st to 6th grade classrooms. The interpretive staff conducts programs on Snakes, Bats, Skins and Skulls, Butterflies, Birds and Binoculars, Fishing, Recycling, Nature Hikes and much more. Download a full description (PDF).
Jacomo Summer Camp
The Kemper Outdoor Education Center is also home to the Jacomo Summer Camp for ages 6 to 13. This outdoor education/outdoor recreation program promises kids a summer they'll never forget. Activities include swimming, canoeing, archery, hiking, camping skills, nature study, field trips, arts and crafts, sports and games.
Site Available For Rent
The grounds, butterfly garden, shelter house and pool area are available to rent for picnics, family reunions, pool parties and weddings.