The Mission of Gardner Camp

is the promotion of outdoor recreational and educational activities with its primary emphasis on youth programs.

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About Gardner Camp

Gardner Camp is a not-for-profit, private foundation established by the generosity of the late John Willis “Jack” Gardner, II. Gardner Camp consists of approximately 540 acres of land located in the Mississippi River bottoms near the Village of Hull in Pike County, Illinois. Gardner Camp offers outdoor educational programming to youth in Adams & Pike County IL and surrounding counties including Hancock, Schuyler, Brown, Scott, Greene, Morgan, and Calhoun in Illinois and Marion, Lewis, Ralls, and Pike in Missouri.

Our Vision

Gardner Camp will become a recognized program of the highest quality for providing mentored youth hunting with outdoor educational opportunities to area youth.

“At each event the planning and experience level of the staff involved has been amazing. This is truly a resource that most youth never have the opportunity to benefit from. Gardner Camp is an example of what all youth outdoor programs should strive to become.”

- Parent

Most definitely, each event we've attended over the years have been "WOW" experiences. Everyone of all ages have just really loved the facility, the people and the activities.”

- Girl Scout Troop Leader

“Yes, all of our kids loved going to Gardner Camp and would arrive early to make sure they got here in time to go. They were always so excited about attending any and all of the programs at the camp.”

- KROC Center Staff

“We love Gardner Camp and can't wait to continue coming for many years!”


Gardner Camp Ultimate Outdoor Challenge


acres of land


acres of flooded wetland


tillable acres


miles of levees


pump stations

¼ mile

from the Mississippi River


wetland management units


water controls




natural ponds + one 3 acre youth fishing pond

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Activities at Gardner Camp

  • Wetland & Waterfowl Ecology

  • Wildlife Education & Management

  • Archery

  • Air Rifle

  • Shotgun

  • Wingshooting