The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County invites young artists explore and enhance their skills during “Girls Write On!” Aug. 4 – 8 and “Teen Art Camp” Aug. 11 – 15 at Mayslake Peabody Estate at 1717 W. 31st St. in Oak Brook.

During “Girls Write On!” girls ages 11 – 14 will try different writing techniques and create their own poetry, memoir and fiction in a supportive environment under the instruction of a local female writer. They will hear literature by female authors, provide feedback to their fellow writers, play games and make new friends. The camp meets from 9:30 a.m. to noon and is $140 per person.

During “Teen Art Camp,” participants ages 13 – 18 will explore a range of artistic techniques using traditional and unconventional practices that will use more than brushes to put paint on canvas. The camp meets indoors and outdoors between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. so teens should dress for the weather and bring sack lunches. The camp is $200 plus a $35 supply fee per person.

Advance registration is required for both camps by calling Mayslake Peabody Estate at 630-206-9566.

Mayslake Peabody Estate offers a variety of classes and exhibits for kids and adults throughout the year. For information, visit the District’s calendar at and sort by “Arts and Culture.”

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County owns and manages 25,000 acres of prairies, woodlands and wetlands. Each year its 60 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs welcome over 4 million visitors. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube pages.