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 grounds feature nature trails, butterfly and water gardens, wildlife viewing areas, an arboretum, a shelter house, large pond and a day camp site.
Closed to the public on weekdays while the Jacomo Summer Camp is in session.
August 10- September 25
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Labor Day
The Western Auto Trail 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.
The Kemper Outdoor Education Center staff offers guided interpretive programs for classrooms, youth groups and organizations. In April, May, August and September, the field trip program offers multi-station outdoor education for 1st to 5th grade classrooms. The interpretive staff conducts programs on Snakes, Bats, Skins and Skulls, Fishing, Recycling, Nature Hikes and much more.
The Kemper Outdoor Education Center plays host to the popular Dogtober Fest event, now in its 27th year.
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, kayaking, archery, hiking, camping skills, nature study, field trips, arts and crafts, sports and games.
Weddings and Special Events
The grounds, water gardens and shelter house are available to rent for picnics, family reunions, pool parties and weddings. Click here for wedding rental details.