Summer Day Camps 2019
Ages 7 - 11

 

 

ARBORETUM MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNT REGISTRATION!
Memberships start at $60
Membership Levels & Benefits

Hogswood Forest School of Magic Day Camp (ages 7-11)

SELECT A SESSION
Monday - Thursday, June 17 - 20, 9 a.m. - noon (980-06-17-19-01)
Monday - Thursday, July 8 - 11, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (980-07-08-19-02)
Monday - Thursday, August 19 - 22, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (980-08-19-19-02)

Calling all witches and wizards! Experience the wonder and excitement of a magical world at Hogswood Forest, North America's premier nature witchcraft and wizarding school! 
  • Students will be sorted into "houses"
  • Study nature-based subjects like ‘Herbology,' ‘Potions' and ‘Care of Magical Creatures' 
  • Play "Kidditch"
  • Brew butter beer
  • Explore the Forbidden Forest
  • Compete in a friendly wizarding tournament!

Big imaginations and optional magical attire are encouraged!
Limit 24, Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

waitlist This session is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens!
Monday - Thursday, June 17 - 20, 9 a.m. - noon

$120 members/$138 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and project supplies

waitlist This session is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens!
Monday - Thursday, July 8 - 11, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 

$120 members/$138 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and project supplies 

register This session is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens!
Monday - Thursday, August 19 - 22, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

$120 members/$138 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and project supplies

This bundle is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens!
Full-Day Bundle (Ages 7-11)
985-06-17-19
Monday - Thursday, June 17 - 20, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.* 
  • Hogswood Forest (morning) 
  • Creative By Nature: Arts and Crafts (afternoon) 
$240 members/$275 non-members, includes the added value of an extra lunch hour (bring your own bag lunch) filled with bonus games and activities, PLUS flexible extended drop off and pick-up times! *Drop off from 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Pick up between 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This bundle is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens!
Full-Day Bundle (Ages 7-11)
985-07-08-19
Monday - Thursday, July 8 - 11, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
  • Raptors and Ravens (morning) 
  • Hogswood Forest (afternoon) 
$240 members/$275 non-members, includes the added value of an extra lunch hour (bring your own bag lunch) filled with bonus games and activities, PLUS flexible extended drop off and pick-up times! *Drop off from 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Pick up between 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Bundle Waitlist This bundle is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens!
Full-Day Bundle (Ages 7-11)
985-08-19-19
Monday - Thursday, August 19 - 22, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
  • STEM Studio Day Camp (morning) 
  • Hogswood Forest (afternoon)
$240 members/$275 non-members, includes the added value of an extra lunch hour (bring your own bag lunch) filled with bonus games and activities, PLUS flexible extended drop off and pick-up times! *Drop off from 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Pick up between 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

 

 

ARBORETUM MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNT REGISTRATION!
Memberships start at $60
Membership Levels & Benefits

Creative by Nature: Arts and Crafts Day Camp (ages 7-11)

Monday - Thursday, June 17 - 20, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (980-06-17-19-02)

Mix creativity, a love of nature, and a little imagination using the outdoor world as inspiration for fabulous arts and crafts while discovering ways to use found treasures in one-of-a-kind creations.
  • Develop new skills and techniques in weaving, painting, and sculpting
  • Hunt for natural materials to use in your art-making in the Arboretum's gardens and forests
  • Use nature's patterns for ideas and inspiration
  • Design a tiny tree house with your found materials

Limit 16, Learning Center

register 1 spot left
Monday - Thursday, June 17 - 20, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

$120 members/$138 non-members, includes Arboretum admission,snacks and project supplies

This bundle is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens!
Full-Day Bundle (Ages 7-11)
 985-06-17-19
Monday - Thursday, June 17 - 20, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.* 
  • Hogswood Forest (morning) 
  • Creative By Nature: Arts and Crafts (afternoon) 
$240 members/$275 non-members, includes the added value of an extra lunch hour (bring your own bag lunch) filled with bonus games and activities, PLUS flexible extended drop off and pick-up times! *Drop off from 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Pick up between 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

ARBORETUM MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNT REGISTRATION!
Memberships start at $60
Membership Levels & Benefits

A Friday Favorite Mini Camp (ages 7-11)
The Buzz About Bees

Friday, June 21, 9 a.m. - noon (989-06-21-19)
  • Suit up in beekeeping gear to get an up-close look inside a working honey bee hive!
  • Discover the hidden world of bees and the amazing work they do!
  • Go on a pollinator safari to learn about the incredible diversity of bees that call Minnesota home, observe bee behavior and taste test different types of honey!

Limit 16, Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register Friday, June 21, 9 a.m. - noon
$30 members/$35 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, a snack, and any project supplies

 

ARBORETUM MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNT REGISTRATION!
Memberships start at $60
Membership Levels & Benefits

Wild About Animals Day Camp (ages 7-11)

SELECT A SESSION
Monday - Thursday, June 24 - 27, 9 a.m. - noon (980-06-24-19-01)
Monday - Thursday, August 12 - 15, 9 a.m. - noon (980-08-12-19)

Special Guest: 
Live reptiles from The Reptile Experience

Become a wildlife biologist searching for signs of Arboretum animal life using nets, magnifying glasses, binoculars, and field guides
  • Study animal and insect masters of camouflage to learn about the adaptations that enable them to hide in plain sight
  • Discover how changes in structure, function, and behavior help creatures survive and thrive
  • Hone scientific observation skills through team-building games
  • Participate in real Citizen Science research projects
  • Get an up-close look at live reptiles and other surprise guests of the animal kingdom!

Limit 16, Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist or register for a different session.
Monday - Thursday, June 24 - 27, 9 a.m. - noon

$120 members/$138 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and project supplies

register Monday - Thursday, August 12 - 15, 9 a.m. - noon 
$120 members/$138 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and project supplies

register Sold out, add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens!
Full-Day Bundle (Ages 7-11)
985-06-24-19
June 24 - 27, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
  • Wild About Animals (morning) x
  • Eco-Spy Academy Day Camp (afternoon)
$240 members/$275 non-members, includes the added value of an extra lunch hour (bring your own bag lunch) filled with bonus games and activities, PLUS flexible extended drop off and pick-up times! *Drop off from 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Pick up between 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

register Sold out, add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens!
Full-Day Bundle (Ages 7-9)
975-08-12-19
SPECIAL NOTE! Ages 7-9 only for this bundle
August 12 - 15, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
  • Wild About Animals (morning)
  • Pinecraft (afternoon)
$240 members/$275 non-members, includes the added value of an extra lunch hour (bring your own bag lunch) filled with bonus games and activities, PLUS flexible extended drop off and pick-up times! *Drop off from 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Pick up between 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m

register  This bundle is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens!
Full-Day Bundle (Ages 9-11)
995-08-12-19
SPECIAL NOTE! Ages 9-11 only for this bundle
August 12 - 15, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
  • Wild About Animals (morning)
  • Incredible Edible Cooking Challenge (afternoon)
$240 members/$275 non-members, includes the added value of an extra lunch hour (bring your own bag lunch) filled with bonus games and activities, PLUS flexible extended drop off and pick-up times! *Drop off from 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Pick up between 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m

 

ARBORETUM MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNT REGISTRATION!
Memberships start at $60
Membership Levels & Benefits

Eco Spy Academy Day Camp (ages 7-11)

SELECT A SESSION
Monday - Thursday, June 24 - 27, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (980-06-24-19-02)
Monday - Thursday, August 5 - 8, 9 a.m. - noon (980-08-05-19)

** TOP SECRET ** New recruits needed for Eco Spy Academy training. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to work undercover to develop skills of stealth, awareness and survival. The natural world will be the setting for experiments and investigations in chromatography, forensics and code-breaking. 
  • Receive top-secret instruction and a secret agent name
  • Solve mysteries
  • Craft a sneaky hiding spot for spy gear
  • Train as a garden detective
  • Team up with other secret agents to hunt for clues that will reveal some of the Arboretum's hidden wonders! 

Limit 16, Learning Center Picnic Shelters

register Sold out, add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens!
Monday - Thursday, June 24 - 27, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

$120 members/$138 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and project supplies

register Sold out, add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens!
Monday - Thursday, August 5 - 8, 9 a.m. - noon

$120 members/$138 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and project supplies

  Sold out, add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens!
Full-Day Bundle (Ages 7-11)
985-06-24-19
June 24 - 27, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
  • Wild About Animals (morning) 
  • Eco-Spy Academy Day Camp (afternoon)
$240 members/$275 non-members, includes the added value of an extra lunch hour (bring your own bag lunch) filled with bonus games and activities, PLUS flexible extended drop off and pick-up times! *Drop off from 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Pick up between 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This bundle is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens!
Full-Day Bundle (Ages 7-9)
975-08-05-19
SPECIAL NOTE! Ages 7-9 only for this bundle
August 5 - 8, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
  • Eco-Spy Academy (morning)
  • Incredible Edible Cooking Challenge (afternoon)
$240 members/$275 non-members, includes the added value of an extra lunch hour (bring your own bag lunch) filled with bonus games and activities, PLUS flexible extended drop off and pick-up times! *Drop off from 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Pick up between 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m

  Full-Day Bundle (Ages 9-11) 995-08-05-19
SPECIAL NOTE! Ages 9-11 only for this bundle
August 5 - 8, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
  • Eco-Spy Academy (morning)
  • Mad Scientist's Laboratory  (afternoon) 
$240 members/$275 non-members, includes the added value of an extra lunch hour (bring your own bag lunch) filled with bonus games and activities, PLUS flexible extended drop off and pick-up times! *Drop off from 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Pick up between 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m

 

ARBORETUM MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNT REGISTRATION!
Memberships start at $60
Membership Levels & Benefits

A Friday Favorite Mini Camp (ages 7-11)
Fort Building

Friday, June 28, 9 a.m. - noon (989-06-28-19)

Become a master fort builder this summer! Using sticks, rope and other natural material, campers will work together to construct one of a kind shelters for a morning of imaginative outdoor play!
Limit 16, Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens!
Friday, June 28, 9 a.m. - noon

$30 members/$35 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, a snack, and any project supplies

 

ARBORETUM MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNT REGISTRATION!
Memberships start at $60
Membership Levels & Benefits

Raptors and Ravens Day Camp (ages 7-11)

Monday - Thursday, July 8 - 12, 9 a.m. - noon (980-07-08-19-01)

Special Guest:
 Live birds from University of Minnesota Raptor Center

The Arboretum and The University of Minnesota Raptor Center are partnering again to present another unique camp experience! The sky's the limit when campers discover and investigate the amazing lives of the varied winged creatures soaring overhead, nesting in trees, and searching for worms in the dirt. 
  • Learn how birds fly, what they eat, how feathers work, and why there are so many different types of bills and feet
  • Get an exhilarating, up-close and personal look at a different live raptor each day! 
  • Learn about backyard birding by making bird feeders to take home and discovering who comes to dinner!
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the world of birds through nature hikes, games, crafts, and other raptor-riffic activities
Limit 24, Learning Center Picnic Shelters 
register Monday - Thursday, July 8 - 12, 9 a.m. - noon
$120 members/$138 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and project supplies

This bundle is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens!
Full-Day Bundle (Ages 7-11)
985-07-08-19
July 8 - 11, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
  • Raptors and Ravens (morning) 
  • Hogswood Forest (afternoon) 
$240 members/$275 non-members, includes the added value of an extra lunch hour (bring your own bag lunch) filled with bonus games and activities, PLUS flexible extended drop off and pick-up times! *Drop off from 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Pick up between 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

ARBORETUM MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNT REGISTRATION!
Memberships start at $60
Membership Levels & Benefits

A Friday Favorite Mini Camp (ages 7-11)
CSI Arboretum

Friday, July 12, 9 a.m. - noon (989-07-12-19)

Put your detective skills to work solving uniquely Arboretum-themed whodunits. Use forensic tools and techniques, teamwork, and real science to unlock clues and unravel mysteries. 

Limit 16, Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register Friday, July 12, 9 a.m. - noon 
$30 members/$35 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, a snack, and any project supplies


photo: Woodland Classroom

ARBORETUM MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNT REGISTRATION!
Memberships start at $60
Membership Levels & Benefits

PINECRAFT Day Camp: Take the World of MinecraftTMOutdoors!

SELECT A SESSION
Monday - Thursday, July 15 - 18, 9 a.m. - noon (980-07-15-19-01) (ages 7-11)
Monday - Thursday, July 29 - Aug 1, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
(980-07-29-19-02) (ages 7-11)
Monday - Thursday, August 12 - 15, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
(970-08-12-19) (ages 7-9 only for this session)

Get away from the screen and into the wild, learning about nature through a real outdoor MinecraftTM-themed adventure! 
  • Survive in an unfamiliar environment, build an epic house, forage for food, mine for materials and fend off wandering monsters through a series of challenges
  • Develop survival skills through fire-making, mapping, and plant identification
  • "Creative mode" also allows time for creating potions, planting take-home projects and imaginative nature exploration

NOTE: Not an official MinecraftTM product. Not approved by or associated with Mojang.

Limit 24, Learning Center Picnic Shelters

waitlist This session is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist or register for a different session.
Monday - Thursday, July 15 - 18, 9 a.m. - noon (ages 7-11)

$120 members/$138 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and project supplies

register Monday - Thursday, July 29 - Aug 1, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (ages 7-11)
$120 members/$138 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and project supplies

register Monday - Thursday, August 12 - 15, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
SPECIAL NOTE! Ages 7-9 only for this session
$120 members/$138 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and project supplies

This bundle is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist or register for a different bundle.
Full-Day Bundle (Ages 7-11)
985-07-15-19
July 15 - 18, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
  • PINECRAFT day camp (morning)
  • Arboretum Expedition for Adventure (afternoon)
$240 members/$275 non-members, includes the added value of an extra lunch hour (bring your own bag lunch) filled with bonus games and activities, PLUS flexible extended drop off and pick-up times! *Drop off from 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Pick up between 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  This bundle is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist or register for a different bundle.
Full-Day Bundle (Ages 7-11)
985-07-29-19
July 29 - Aug 1, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
  • Operation: Insect Investigations (morning)
  • Pinecraft (afternoon)
$240 members/$275 non-members, includes the added value of an extra lunch hour (bring your own bag lunch) filled with bonus games and activities, PLUS flexible extended drop off and pick-up times! *Drop off from 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Pick up between 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  Sold out, add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens!
Full-Day Bundle (Ages 7-9)
975-08-12-19
SPECIAL NOTE! Ages 7-9 only for this bundle
August 12 - 15, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
  • Wild About Animals (morning)
  • Pinecraft (afternoon)
$240 members/$275 non-members, includes the added value of an extra lunch hour (bring your own bag lunch) filled with bonus games and activities, PLUS flexible extended drop off and pick-up times! *Drop off from 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Pick up between 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m



ARBORETUM MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNT REGISTRATION!
Memberships start at $60
Membership Levels & Benefits

Arboretum Expedition for Adventure! Day Camp (ages 7-11)

SELECT A SESSION
Monday - Thursday, July 15 - 18, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (980-07-15-19-02)
Monday - Thursday, July 22 - 25, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (980-07-22-19-02)

An outdoor adventure awaits! Paddle, cycle, swim, or hike to a new destination each day within the Arboretum and beyond, while discovering scientific concepts and connections to the natural world.
  • Learn paddling basics by venturing to Lake Minnewashta Regional Park for canoeing and exploration of its many diverse ecosystems
  • Create solar ovens and learn survival skills with additional games and activities that encourage teamwork, safety, and a sense of accomplishment
  • Have a blast biking together to the life-guarded Lake Minnewashta Beach for swimming and a watershed study

Requirements for participation: All campers must be able to bike 6 miles on two wheels to be eligible, and must be able to swim. Campers will need to bring a properly functioning bike and helmet on one of the days (registrants will be contacted prior to camp with the date of "bring your bike and helmet" day)

Limit 16, Learning Center Picnic Shelters

register Monday - Thursday, July 15 - 18, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m
$120 members/$138 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and project supplies

register Monday - Thursday, July 22 - 25, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
$120 members/$138 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and project supplies

This bundle is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens!
Full-Day Bundle (Ages 7-11)
985-07-15-19
July 15 - 18, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
  • PINECRAFT day camp (morning)
  • Arboretum Expedition for Adventure (afternoon)
$240 members/$275 non-members, includes the added value of an extra lunch hour (bring your own bag lunch) filled with bonus games and activities, PLUS flexible extended drop off and pick-up times! *Drop off from 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Pick up between 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  

  This bundle is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens!
Full-Day Bundle (Ages 7-11)
985-07-22-19
July 22 - 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
  • Paper, Paint, and Plants: Nature Arts and Crafts Day Camp (morning)
  • Arboretum Expedition for Adventure (afternoon)
$240 members/$275 non-members, includes the added value of an extra lunch hour (bring your own bag lunch) filled with bonus games and activities, PLUS flexible extended drop off and pick-up times! *Drop off from 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Pick up between 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  



ARBORETUM MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNT REGISTRATION!
Memberships start at $60
Membership Levels & Benefits

A Friday Favorite Mini Camp (ages 7-11)
Gooey, Sticky, Fizzy Science

Friday, July 19, 9 a.m. - noon (989-07-19-19)
Unleash your inner mad scientist and discover how fun science can be in a morning filled with crafting your own potions and concoctions including ice cream, slimes, exploding foam, and more!

Limit 16, Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens!
Friday, July 19, 9 a.m. - noon

$30 members/$35 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, a snack, and any project supplies



ARBORETUM MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNT REGISTRATION!
Memberships start at $60
Membership Levels & Benefits

Paper, Paint & Plants: Nature Arts and Crafts Day Camp (ages 7-11)

Monday - Thursday, July 22 - 25, 9 a.m. - noon (980-07-22-19-01)

Be artistic in the outdoor world! Join the fun of art-making by exploring Arboretum gardens and forests while discovering ideas and natural materials to use in creative projects. 
  • Use harvested plants and bits of nature to make petal paint and seed paper
  • Take home a plant in an unusual container
  • Investigate unique leaf shapes
  • Create prints using sun-reactive dye 
  • Use gathered items to create colorful mosaic designs
  • More surprising nature-inspired projects!

Limit 16, Learning Center Picnic Shelters

register Monday - Thursday, July 22 - 25, 9 a.m. - noon
$120 members/$138 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and project supplies

This bundle is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens!
Full-Day Bundle (Ages 7-11)
985-07-22-19
July 22 - 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
  • Paper, Paint, and Plants: Nature Arts and Crafts Day Camp (morning)
  • Arboretum Expedition for Adventure (afternoon)
$240 members/$275 non-members, includes the added value of an extra lunch hour (bring your own bag lunch) filled with bonus games and activities, PLUS flexible extended drop off and pick-up times! *Drop off from 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Pick up between 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

ARBORETUM MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNT REGISTRATION!
Memberships start at $60
Membership Levels & Benefits

A Friday Favorite Mini Camp (ages 7-11)
Mud!

Friday, July 26, 9 a.m. - noon (989-07-26-19)

Campers will explore, play, jump and squish in mud, glorious mud! Create mud crafts, search for critters that live in the mud and eat a "dirt" cup snack. Campers should come ready for a muddy good time! Parents, don't worry! Kids are 100% washable, and will be sprinkler-washed before being returned to you. Bring a towel, dry change of clothes and a plastic bag to hold the wet ones.

Limit 16, Learning Center

register Friday, July 26, 9 a.m. - noon
$30 members/$35 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, a snack, and any project supplies

 

ARBORETUM MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNT REGISTRATION!
Memberships start at $60
Membership Levels & Benefits

Operation: Insect Investigation Day Camp (ages 7-11)

Monday - Thursday, July 29 - Aug 1, 9 a.m. - noon (980-07-29-19-01)

Special Guests:
 Live Insects from the Bug Zone with Bruce the Bug Guy

Get up close and personal with the miraculous world of bugs! Search the Arboretum for a myriad of creepy-crawlies that live in the water, fly in the air, and hide on the ground. 
  • Investigate insects' unique adaptations, fascinating life-cycle transformations, and the wildly different ways they have to see, smell, hear, and communicate
  • Become a Bug Detective with exotic, live specimens from the Bug Zone
  • Suit up like a beekeeper to look inside a honey bee hive
  • Build bug-friendly habitats to attract and house insect visitors
  • Enjoy bug-tastic experiments, games, and even a bug-tasting(!) 

Limit 16, Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register Monday - Thursday, July 29 - Aug 1, 9 a.m. - noon
$120 members/$138 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and project supplies

  This bundle is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens!
Full-Day Bundle (Ages 7-11) 985-07-29-19
July 29 - Aug 1, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.*

  • Operation: Insect Investigations (morning)
  • Pinecraft (afternoon)
$240 members/$275 non-members, includes the added value of an extra lunch hour (bring your own bag lunch) filled with bonus games and activities, PLUS flexible extended drop off and pick-up times! *Drop off from 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Pick up between 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

ARBORETUM MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNT REGISTRATION!
Memberships start at $60
Membership Levels & Benefits

A Friday Favorite Mini Camp (ages 7-11)
Kitchen Science

Friday, August 2, 9 a.m. - noon (989-08-02-19)

Explore where your food comes from and what's in it. Make (and eat!) plant-based snacks, plant your own herb planter to take home with you, conduct kitchen experiments like making rock candy, and get a sneak peek at the Arboretum's new Red Barn Farm campus that's all about how food is grown.

Limit 16, Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register Friday, August 2, 9 a.m. - noon
$30 members/$35 non-membersincludes Arboretum admission, a snack, and any project supplies


photo: Yuliya Evstratenko/Shutterstock

ARBORETUM MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNT REGISTRATION!
Memberships start at $60
Membership Levels & Benefits

Incredible Edible Cooking Challenge Day Camp (ages 7-11)

SELECT A SESSION
Monday - Thursday, August 5 - 8, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (ages 7-9 only)

(970-08-05-19)
Monday - Thursday, August 12 - 15 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (ages 9-11 only)
(990-08-12-19)

Enjoy the yummiest week at the Arb! Explore the world through your taste buds as you harvest, wash and prepare ingredients from our farm-fresh gardens to create delicious appetizers, salads, snacks, and desserts.

  • Explore how food is grown and gets to your plate
  • Learn basic kitchen safety and cooking techniques
  • Put your new culinary skills to the test in a Thursday cooking challenge!
  • Transform easy-to-make foods into extra fancy delights! 

Limit 16, Learning Center Picnic Shelters

register Monday - Thursday, August 5 - 8, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (ages 7-9)
SPECIAL NOTE! Ages 7-9 only for this session
$120 members/$138 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and project supplies

register Monday - Thursday, August 12 - 15 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (ages 9-11)
SPECIAL NOTE! Ages 9-11 only for this session
$120 members/$138 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and project supplies  

This bundle is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens!
Full-Day Bundle (Ages 7-9)
975-08-05-19
SPECIAL NOTE! Ages 7-9 only for this bundle
August 5 - 8, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
  • Eco-Spy Academy (morning)
  • Incredible Edible Cooking Challenge (afternoon)
$240 members/$275 non-members, includes the added value of an extra lunch hour (bring your own bag lunch) filled with bonus games and activities, PLUS flexible extended drop off and pick-up times! *Drop off from 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Pick up between 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m

  This bundle is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens!
Full-Day Bundle (Ages 9-11)
995-08-12-19
SPECIAL NOTE! Ages 9-11 only for this bundle
August 12 - 15, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
  • Wild About Animals (morning)
  • Incredible Edible Cooking Challenge (afternoon)x
$240 members/$275 non-members, includes the added value of an extra lunch hour (bring your own bag lunch) filled with bonus games and activities, PLUS flexible extended drop off and pick-up times! *Drop off from 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Pick up between 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m

 child scientist with his experiment, photo Free styler/shutterstock
photo Free styler/shutterstock

ARBORETUM MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNT REGISTRATION!
Memberships start at $60
Membership Levels & Benefits

Mad Scientist's Laboratory Day Camp (ages 9-11)

Monday - Thursday, August 5 - 8, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (ages 9-11 only)
990-08-05-19

Join the madness as you conduct crazy science experiments with unusual materials! Design, create, test, and refine solutions to surprising scientific challenges while making new discoveries about our amazing natural world.
  • Extract DNA from a strawberry
  • Mix shaving cream rainbows
  • Uncover the hidden colors in leaves
  • Create and taste-test tye dyed toast
  • Make a battery run on dirt 
  • Test the properties of mystery powders
  • Simulate erosion with a chocolate mudslide
Limit 16, Learning Center Picnic Shelters
register Monday - Thursday, August 5 - 8, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
SPECIAL NOTE! Ages 9-11 only for this session
$120 members/$138 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and project supplies

SPECIAL NOTE! Ages 9-11 only for this bundle
Full-Day Bundle (Ages 9-11) 995-08-05-19
August 5 - 8, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.*

  • Eco-Spy Academy (morning)
  • Mad Scientist's Laboratory (afternoon) 
$240 members/$275 non-members, includes the added value of an extra lunch hour (bring your own bag lunch) filled with bonus games and activities, PLUS flexible extended drop off and pick-up times! *Drop off from 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Pick up between 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m

 

ARBORETUM MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNT REGISTRATION!
Memberships start at $60
Membership Levels & Benefits

STEM Studio Day Camp (ages 7-11)

Monday - Thursday, August 19 - 22, 9 a.m. - noon (ages 7-11 only)
980-08-19-19-01

Investigations and innovations abound as the dynamic subjects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are used to inspire curiosity and new discoveries in the natural world.
  • Develop problem-solving skills using LEGOTM bricks, microscopes and a wide variety of other materials to conduct imaginative experiments. 
  • Team up to design, create, test, and refine solutions to engineering challenges
  • Explore the summer exhibit's willow sculpture and let it inspire you to make a miniature stick creation of your own

Limit 16, Learning Center Picnic Shelters

register Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
Monday - Thursday, August 19 - 22, 9 a.m. - noon

$120 members/$138 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and project supplies

  This bundle is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens!
Full-Day Bundle (Ages 7-11)
985-08-19-19
August 19 - 22 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
  • STEM Studio Day Camp (morning) 
  • Hogswood Forest (afternoon)
$240 members/$275 non-members, includes the added value of an extra lunch hour (bring your own bag lunch) filled with bonus games and activities, PLUS flexible extended drop off and pick-up times! *Drop off from 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Pick up between 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.



ARBORETUM MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNT REGISTRATION!
Memberships start at $60
Membership Levels & Benefits

A Friday Favorite Mini Camp (ages 7-11)
Outdoor Survival Skills

Friday, August 9, 9 a.m. - noon (989-08-09-19)

Practice surviving and thriving in the great outdoors! Construct an outdoor shelter, make fire starters, prepare a snack using fire, complete an orienteering treasure hunt, and hike the Arboretum in search of outdoor adventure!

Limit 16, Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register Friday, August 9, 9 a.m. - noon
$30 members/$35 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, a snack, and any project supplies



 
ARBORETUM MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNT REGISTRATION!
Memberships start at $60
Membership Levels & Benefits

A Friday Favorite Mini Camp (ages 7-11)
Summer's Greatest Hits

Friday, August 16, 9 a.m. - noon (989-08-16-19)

Campers' favorite activities from a variety of Arboretum Summer Day Camps are brought back for one final hurrah! Come for an action-packed day filled with crafts, games, science experiments, adventures and fun camp-tacular surprises! 

Limit 16, Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register Friday, August 16, 9 a.m. - noon
$30 members/$35 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, a snack, and any project supplies


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