Nature Detectives Camp at Home

Registration closes Friday, June 12, 2020.

Monday, June 22, 2020 through Friday, June 26, 2020 – 9:00 am–1:00 pm

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New This Summer—Nature Detectives at Home

Our young Nature Detectives learn a variety of green and growing lessons as they trail a "Mixed-Up Gardener" who does everything in the garden exactly the WRONG way.

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This summer, campers will still need their detective caps to help us figure out what the "Mixed-Up Gardener" is doing in the gardens. In a combination of self-guided activities and daily virtual face to face meetings with our camp instructor and JCRA staff, campers will discover "Mixed-Up Gardener" mysteries and learn what's really happening in the garden so they can help the "Mixed-Up Gardener!"

Ms. Ashley, our camp instructor and Ms. Elizabeth, our children's program coordinator are excited to offer this opportunity to keep the gardens and camp part of your summers! Each day, campers will receive 2-3 hours of activities to do at their own pace from the comfort of their home. A virtual face to face camp Lunch Bunch will be a time to virtually gather and talk about the day's activities. At each face to face meeting, campers will review what they have done that morning, have a story connection time, and get a bonus activity for the afternoon to keep the camp fun going.

Sample schedule for a camp day:

9:00 am – 11:30 am: Visit camp web site to view day's activities and complete at camper's own pace.
11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Break time
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Participate in virtual Lunch Bunch with Ms. Ashley, Ms. Elizabeth, and other Nature Detective campers
Afternoon: Additional activity given during Lunch Bunch to be completed at camper's own pace (20-30 minute activity).

Activities have been developed to be as self-guided as possible for the campers. Parents are asked to be "Phone On" or "Eyes On" for most of the activities as the camp activities do not assume any supervision of the campers.

Included in the registration fee is a "camp bucket" filled with materials needed for the camp activities. These buckets will be available for pickup at the JC Raulston Arboretum prior to camp at a designated time. Camp families will receive an e-mail the week prior to camp with a link to the camp web site where activities will be available. Live sessions will be held on Zoom and links will be made available on the camp web site.

Enrollment is limited to 16 campers.

Rising 1st to 3rd graders.
$150.00 for Arboretum Family/Dual level or above members, $175.00 for Nonmembers

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.

Registration closes Friday, June 12, 2020.

Cancellations can be made up to two weeks before the program's start date. A 15% cancellation fee applies.
Camp takes place entirely online.
Try our frequently asked questions, or contact Elizabeth Overcash, children's program coordinator, at