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Check back in January 2016 
for Arboretum Summer Children's Garden listings and registration

Want to be the first to be notified when 2016 summer kids programs are announced and open for registration?

Email a request with "add summer kids" in the subject line to ArbEdu@umn.edu. You will receive an email notification in January when summer camps and Children's Garden programs are announced!


The Children's Garden is THE place where kids can grow to learn and learn to grow all summer long. Week by week we will explore the subtle and sudden changes taking place as our gardens come to life. We will celebrate the bees and butterflies, investigate the soil, bask in the sun, and play with the water. We will dig for earthworms, search for sow bugs, tend our plants, taste the weeds, and marvel at the watermelon smelling stink bugs that show up to our garden party. Who knows what else awaits on our summer long seed to snack adventure? We can't wait to get growing with you to find out! Pairs of gardeners will share the bounty and responsibility of a kid-sized plot of vegetables and flowers throughout the summer. Sign up with a friend or make a new friend. All kid gardeners and their families are invited to The Children's Garden Graduation Celebration on 2016 DATE TBD.

Below are the previous Summer Children's Garden Programs that happened in 2015

 Mighty Mites

Mighty Mites for Entering Kindergarten - 1st Grade Grads
Summer Mondays or Summer Wednesdays

This introductory experience has a focus on fun! Mighty Mites is the perfect place to start growing a love of gardening. Throughout the summer, we will dig, build, plant, weed, water, investigate, taste-test, explore, participate in scientific discovery, learn the value of teamwork, and marvel at what we make! Join us as we grow a garden full of favorites, including fun-size varieties that you'll love, from Baby Bush zucchini to Big Smile Sunflowers! Each week, we will receive new and great rewards from a small garden space.  Limit 16, Learning Center

$150 member/$165 non-member, includes weekly snack, fresh from the garden produce, a Children's Garden t-shirt, and Children's Garden recipe book



Sold out.
Monday Series (971-05-16-15)
Planting Saturdays: May 16 & June 6, 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Summer Mondays: June 15, 22, July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10 9:30 a.m.- 11 a.m.


Sold out.
Wednesday Series (971-05-09-15)
Planting Saturdays: May 9 & 30, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Summer Wednesdays: June 17, 24 July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Seed Sowers

Seed Sowers For 1st - 4th Grade Grads (972-05-16-15)
Planting Saturdays 1p.m. - 3:30p.m.: May 16 & June 6
Summer Mondays 1p.m. - 3:30p.m.: June 15, 22 July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10

This year, Seed Sowers will have a spacey science explorer theme, so get ready to grow a garden that is out of this world! Learn about varietals with imaginatively stellar names, such as Flying Saucer Pattypan squash and Pluto basil. In pairs, you'll tend your very own garden-galaxies through planting, weeding, watering and harvesting...leaving time for science discovery and Arboretum explorations! You'll be "over the moon" during our taste-tests, as we create "out of this world" snacks and practice unexpected cooking techniques. Seed Sowers will make you and your garden a star! Limit 22


Sold out.
$180 member/$200 non-member
, includes weekly snack, fresh from the garden produce, a Children's Garden t-shirt, and Children's Garden recipe book.

 Garden Chefs

Garden Chefs For 3rd - 8th Grade Grads (973-05-09-15)
Planting Saturdays 9a.m. - 11:30a.m.: May 9 & 30
Summer Wednesdays 9a.m. - 11:30a.m.: June 17, 24, July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12

Cook up some fun this summer in this culinary-focused, royalty-themed garden experience. In pairs, you will plant and tend your own garden plot fit for a king or queen! We will discover royal varieties of produce such as King of the North pepper and Lemon Queen sunflowers...and they will set up court in our gardens. Each week, we will have a royally good time as we discover and explore, spend time tending our garden plots, and transform our regal bounty into magnificent bites in the kitchen. Your friends and family will want to knight you for your garden-to-table skills! Limit 22

Register online now

Registration is closed.
$180 member/$200 non-member
, includes weekly snack, fresh from the garden produce, a Children's Garden t-shirt, and Children's Garden recipe book.

To Register for Class

To register online, click on the "Register" button listed with the class. Or call 612-301-1210 to register by phone. You can also view theSpring/Summer 2015 Kids' Catalog  to see the full class offerings and use the registration form.


Call 612-301-1210
or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu

Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.

Teenage Children's Garden Mentors Wanted!

Job Description


 Camps require a participant information form be filled out for each child and submitted at registration.

Click Here to download an interactive PDF form.
Click Here to download a printable form.

 When completed, please attach and email the form to arbedu@umn.edu
or, print your finished form and mail to:
LC - Summer Programs for Kids
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, MN 55318

Also check out our
Summer Day Camps