Turtles sunning themselves near the Camp Carew bridge. Photo by camper Cameron Jarrell
A lizard.
An Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
A bale of turtles.
A bale of turtles sunning themselves near the Camp Carew bridge.
The painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) was named the Illinois state reptile following a vote by Illinois citizens in 2004 and official approval by the Illinois General Assembly in 2005.


All of God's creation is worthy of study. Whether you're a young camper learning the differences between warm- and cold-blooded animals, a college student studying the interactions among the animal and plant components in a given ecosystem, or a research scientist mapping a creature's genome, the study of nature is basic to understanding how you and I fit into the whole of creation.

The top video is appropriate for campers in the first and second grades. The videos become more challenging as you scroll down the page until the bottom video teaches material that might be a bit challenging to college students.

All about Reptiles

Bill Nye the Science Guy: Reptiles

Freshwater Turtles

Southern Illinois Herping 2019

How Turtle Shells Evolved . . . Twice

The Camp Carew logo.

Camp Carew welcomes campers from all religious traditions.
Camp Carew is a drug- and alcohol-free environment.