Summer Garden Camps

Summer Garden Camps are a great way for your child to spend more time outdoors exploring nature. Campers participate in hands-on science lessons; garden investigations; arts and crafts; and fun, engaging games and activities all while gaining a deeper appreciation for the environment that surrounds them.

Camps range from preschool to rising eighth graders.

Garden Critters

Garden CrittersPreschool

July 29–August 2, 2019
9:00 am–12:30 pm

Preschool campers will delight in learning about different garden critters each day. Camp days include garden activities and games, stories, and art projects.

4 and 5 year olds. More Information

Nature Detectives

Nature DetectivesElementary

July 8–12, 2019
9:00 am–3:30 pm

All new mysteries this summer! Campers discover the gardens and the creatures living in them through daily mysteries.  The daily mysteries will encourage campers to work together answering questions, learning from the garden, and ultimately solving the mystery.

Rising 1st through 3rd graders. More Information

Garden Explorers

Garden STEAMElementary

July 15–19, 2019
9:00 am–3:30 pm

Collaborate to discover creative solutions to garden challenges using science, technology, engineering, art and math. Each day brings new projects and and more fun.

Rising 4th through 6th graders. More Information

Artists in the Garden

Artists in the GardenElementary

July 22–26, 2019
9:00 am–3:30 pm

The gardens will whisk your artists around the world and introduce famous artists to inspire daily art projects. Each day is a different theme filled with creativity. The week concludes with an art show filled with garden inspired creations.

Rising 1st through 3rd graders. More Information

Garden Chefs

Garden ChefsElementary

August 5–9, 2019
9:00 am–3:30 pm

Explore the vegetable garden with us. Through a combination of indoor and outdoor activities, campers learn how our food is produced and how good it tastes from their garden.

Rising 4th through 6th graders. More Information

Project PLANTS

Cultivating ScienceMiddle School

June 24–28, 2019
8:30 am–4:00 pm           

Dig into science with fun "ag-ventures" and hands-on projects in horticulture and agriculture! Cultivating Science examines the scientific world with interactive experiences while fostering positive social connections to fellow middle school students and mentors in their local communities.

Rising 7th and 8th graders. More Information


Member registration begins on January 28, 2019.

Public registration begins February 11, 2019.

Want the advantage of early registration, discounted camp registration fees, and other yearlong benefits? Become a member today! Visit our membership page. Membership must be at the Family/Dual level to receive camp benefits.

Registrations received during the member only period that are not associated with a current family/dual membership will be moved to the wait list.  These registrations will be completed during public registration only if there are spaces still available. To make sure your registration is completed, join now!

Registration fees include all program resources and materials required for camp. Campers are responsible for providing snack and lunch each day of camp.

If you have any questions prior to camp, please contact Elizabeth Overcash, children's program coordinator, at or (919) 513-7011.

Cancellations and Refunds

Registration fees are 100% refundable when the Arboretum cancels the camp. Memberships are not refundable.

Participants wishing to withdraw from a camp that has not been canceled by the Arboretum must provide a written request by May 24, 2019. If the withdrawal request is received by May 24, 2019, a refund will be given minus a 15% administrative fee per child per camp. No fees will be refunded if registration is canceled after May 24, 2019.

Wait List

A wait list will be started when camp sessions fill up. If space opens in your desired camp session, you will be contacted and given the opportunity to accept or decline the space. Upon accepting the space, registration fees and forms will be due to secure your camper's spot.

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 or (919) 513-7011.