Summer Garden Camps

Our Summer Garden Camps* give campers the opportunity to spend time learning, creating, exploring and playing in the gardens of the Arboretum.  Week-long camps allow campers to unplug and spend time outdoors making friends and exploring while growing their appreciation of nature.

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

*2021 Summer Garden Camps are being planned as in-person camps.  All camps are subject to change or cancellation depending on COVID-19 restrictions at the time of each camp session.

Camps range from preschool to rising eighth graders.

Garden Critters Preschool

Garden Critters

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June 14–18, 2021
9:00 am–12:30 pm

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July 12–16, 2021
9:00 am–12:30 pm

Preschool campers delight searching for a different critter each day. Camp days include garden investigations and games, stories, and art projects.

4 and 5 year olds.

Artists in the Garden Elementary

Artists in the Garden

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June 21–June 25, 2021
9:00 am–3:30 pm

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

Rising 1st through 3rd graders.

Nature Detectives Elementary

Nature Detectives

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June 28–July 2, 2021
9:00 am–3:30 pm

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July 26–30, 2021
9:00 am–3:30 pm

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

Rising 1st through 3rd graders.

Garden Chefs Elementary

Garden Chefs

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August 2–6, 2021
9:00 am–3:30 pm

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August 9–13, 2021
9:00 am–3:30 pm

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

Rising 4th through 6th graders.

Project PLANTS Middle School

Garden Built It!

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July 19–23, 2021
9:00 am–4:00 pm

Garden projects, construction and creativity mix together to produce amazing creations. 

Rising 7th and 8th graders.


Registration begins on February 22, 2021, for Arboretum members at the Family/Dual level or above.

Public registration begins March 8, 2021.

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.

Full payment for camp will be due on May 7, 2021. You will receive an e-mail notice a week prior to the payment deadline as a reminder. No payment will be taken at registration.

Campers are responsible for providing a snack and lunch each day of camp.

If you would like to become a member to enjoy early registration, 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 to take advantage of the early registration.

Registrations received during the members-only period (February 22, 2021–March 7, 2021) not associated with a current Family/Dual level or above membership will be refunded minus a 15% administrative fee. To make sure your registration is completed, join now!

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

Cancellations and Refunds

Participants wishing to withdraw from a camp must provide a written request by May 21, 2021, to Elizabeth Overcash, children’s program coordinator, at If the withdrawal request is received by May 21, 2021, a refund will be processed minus a 15% cancellation fee per child, per camp. No fees will be refunded if registration is canceled after May 21, 2021.

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.

During the members-only registration period (February 22, 2021–March 7, 2021), only Arboretum Family/Dual level or above members are placed on the waitlist. Nonmembers registering for the waitlist during this period will be reordered behind any Arboretum members registered for the waitlist during the members-only registration.

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 either May 7, 2021, or within 24 hours of acceptance if after May 7, 2021, 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 or (919) 513-7011.