Summer Garden Camps

Missing the gardens?  We are too and want to bring as much of them and our children’s programs to your family in the safety of your home.  New this summer - Summer Garden Camps at Home!

We have taken some of our favorite camps and turned them into Summer Garden Camps at Home bringing camp activities directly to your child at home.  Each day, campers will have 2-3 hours of self-guided at home activities and a virtual face to face time with the camp instructor and JCRA staff.

Excited and looking for more details about our home camp offerings?  Find more about each camp week through their descriptions and more general information in our FAQs.

Camps range from rising first to eighth graders.

Nature Detectives

Nature Detectives at Home


June 22–26, 2020

A mysterious Mixed-Up Gardener is in the gardens leaving funny mysteries for our detective campers to solve.

Rising 1st through 3rd graders. More Information

Artists in the Garden

Artists in (Your) Garden


July 13–17, 2020

Let nature be your inspiration as we explore the garden and create daily art projects.

Rising 1st through 5th graders. More Information

Garden Chefs

Garden Chefs at Home


July 27–31, 2020

Learn how to grow vegetables and cook tasty treats using fresh produce!

Rising 4th through 6th graders. More Information


Registration begins on June 1, 2020.  Families that were registered for our in person camps will be given the opportunity to register prior to the opening of registration.

Registration is completed through our online system, Reporter. A link to registration will appear on each camp Web page once registration opens. Camps are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. When a camp fills, a waitlist will be started.

Campers will need access to the internet in order to participate in this online camp.  Registration includes access to the online camp activities, a daily live virtual camp gathering, and a camp bucket with activity materials.

If you would like to become a member to enjoy discounted camp registration fees, and other year-long benefits, please visit our membership page membership page.  Membership must be at the Family/Dual level or above.

If you have any questions prior to camp, please contact Elizabeth Overcash, children's program coordinator, at

Cancellations and Refunds

Participants wishing to withdraw from a camp must provide a written request two weeks prior to the beginning of the camp to Elizabeth Overcash, children's program coordinator, at If the withdrawal request is received two weeks prior to the camp start, a refund will be processed minus a 15% cancellation fee per child, per camp. 

If the Arboretum cancels the camp, a full refund will be made.

Membership donations made in association with a camp registration are not refundable.


When a camp session fills, a waitlist will be started.

If a space becomes available, families will be contacted and given the opportunity to accept or decline the space. The open camp spot will be held for 48 hours. Upon accepting the open space, payment will be due to finalize registration for the camp.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about our summer camps? Try our Frequently Asked Questions to get more information. If you still have questions, please contact Elizabeth Overcash, children's program coordinator, at