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Summer Camps 2016

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SUMMER DAY CAMPS FOR AGES 5 TO 7


 suncatchers Sun Catchers Day Camp (ages 5-7)
Tuesday - Thursday, June 21 - 23, 9 a.m. - noon (980-06-21-16-01)
OR
Tuesday - Thursday, June 28 - 30, 9 a.m. - noon (980-06-28-16-02)
Beth Gelino and Jackie Williams, licensed elementary teachers and experienced Arboretum day camp instructors

Start the summer off with an adventure full of variety, fun, and nature-play! Meet new friends, explore Arboretum gardens while on the lookout for tadpoles and fairies. Discover and experiment with scratch ‘n sniff plants, design and create a sun catcher, build a fantastical fairy garden and play in the squishy mud! Each day will include a short circle time, snack, planting project, themed activities, and time for nature-play.
Limit 16, Learning Center

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Tuesday - Thursday, June 21 - 23, 9 a.m. - noon (980-06-21-16-01)
$90 members/$99 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and any project supplies

register This session is sold out. Register for the 6/21-23 session above
Tuesday - Thursday, June 28 - 30, 9 a.m. - noon
(980-06-28-16-02)
$90 members/$99 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and any project supplies

petals Photo: Vienna Volante, APS
Petals and Pollen Day Camp (ages 5-7)
Tuesday - Thursday, July 19-21, 9 a.m.- noon. (980-07-19-16-01)
OR
Tuesday - Thursday, July 26-28, 9 a.m.- noon. (980-07-26-16-02)
Beth Gelino and Jackie Williams, licensed elementary teachers and experienced Arboretum day camp instructors

Make new discoveries together while hunting for bugs, butterflies and bees in the Arboretum's gardens! Learn to think like a pollinator, looking at the shape and color of petals to decide if it is an "open-house" flower or a "by-invitation-only" flower. Investigate amazing items in the natural world using microscopes and plant special take-home gardens for nectar and pollen lovers. Each day will include a short circle time, snack, a planting project, themed activities, and time for nature-play.
Limit 16, Learning Center

register Tuesday - Thursday, July 19-21, 9 a.m.- noon. (980-07-19-16-01)
$90 members/$99 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and any project supplies
 
register Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, or register for the July 19-21 session, above!
Tuesday - Thursday, July 26-28, 9 a.m.- noon.
(980-07-26-16-02)
$90 members/$99 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and any project supplies

harvest
 Photo: Michel Bish/Flikr

Harvest Hoopla Day Camp (ages 5-7) (980-08-09-16)
Tuesday - Thursday, August 9 - 11, 9 a.m. - noon
Beth Gelino and Jackie Williams, licensed elementary teachers and experienced Arboretum day camp instructorsIt's harvest time in the gardens -- join in on the excitement!

Collect garden-licious produce like herbs, vegetables and flowers, then use the harvested goodies to transform a friend into a veggie creature, make homemade flour, mix up tasty snacks and create works of art. Investigate garden ecosystems to learn whether the bug crawling under that leaf is a pest or valued guest. Plant take-home flowers for pollinators and a surprising plant for yourself. Each day will include a short circle time, snack, themed activities, garden time, and nature play.
Limit 16, Learning Center

Register Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, or register for one of the other fun camps, above!
$90 members/$99 non-members,
includes Arboretum admission, snacks and any project supplies
 


raptors

Supported in part by a gift from the Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter

SPECIAL OFFERING:
All About Raptors: Head to Talons Day Camp (ages 5-9)

Tuesday - Thursday, August 16 - 18, 9 a.m.- noon (995-08-16-16-01)
OR
Tuesday - Thursday, August 16 - 18, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m (995-08-16-16-02)
Dan Hnilicka, Interpretive naturalist and experienced day camp instructor with the University of Minnesota Raptor Center

The Arboretum and The University of Minnesota Raptor Center are partnering to present an all-new camp experience that is all about birds of prey! Join in the fun over three days for an exhilarating chance to get up close and personal with live raptors. An expert from the Raptor Center will visit the Arboretum along with examples of some of their amazing birds! Visiting birds could include a mighty bald eagle, a wise great-horned owl, an adorable screech owl, a sleek kestrel, or maybe even a gnarly turkey vulture! Safely discover what it's like to be a raptor, and watch in amazement as one tears into a fish or swallows a mouse whole! Discover the trees and food chains that are key to raptors' survival, and why conservation efforts are important to ensure the long-term survival of these magnificent birds. Explore scientific concepts such as adaptation, ecology, veterinary medicine, and animal training through hands-on activities and exciting investigations. NOTE: Types of raptors cannot be guaranteed and are dependent on which are available for viewing
Limit 16, Learning Center


register

Tuesday - Thursday, August 16 - 18, 9 a.m.- noon (995-08-16-16-01)
$90 members/$99 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and any project supplies
This session is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist! 
We also recommend 
Eco-Adventures Day Camp: Earth! Air! Fire! Water! (ages 7-12)
**featuring special guest UofMN Raptor Center**
(click on Full Day Camps ages 7-12 in the green bar at the top of the page)
 

Waitlist  Tuesday - Thursday, August 16 - 18, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m (995-08-16-16-02)
$90 members/$99 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and any project supplies
This session is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist! 
We also recommend 
Eco-Adventures Day Camp: Earth! Air! Fire! Water! (ages 7-12)
**featuring special guest UofMN Raptor Center**
(click on Full Day Camps ages 7-12 in the green bar at the top of the page)

SUMMER DAY CAMPS FOR AGES 7 TO 10


legos

LEGO® Bricks in the Garden Day Camp (ages 7-10)
Tuesday - Thursday, June 21 - 23, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (990-06-21-16-01)
OR
Tuesday - Thursday, August 9 - 11, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m (990-08-09-16-02)
Kjersten Swanson, experienced Arboretum field trip and day camp instructor
LEGO® Bricks building at garden-level: Last year's popular exhibit has moved on, but the love of LEGO® Bricks lives on at the Arboretum! Start with a hike in the woods to investigate nature's ingenious designs, then bring observations of plants and animals back to the garden as inspiration for new LEGO® Bricks creations. Take part in team challenges, explore concepts in structural engineering and landscape architecture. Explore hidden places in the Arboretum and build a nature-themed LEGO® Bricks project to take home.
Limit 16, Sensory Garden Shelter

Register

SOLD OUT. Add your name to the waitlist!
Tuesday - Thursday, June 21 - 23, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (990-06-21-16-01)
$90 members/$99 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and any project supplies
 

Waitlist SOLD OUT. Add your name to the waitlist!
Tuesday - Thursday, August 9 - 11, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m (990-08-09-16-02)

$90 members/$99 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and any project supplies
 

pinecraft

PINECRAFT Day Camp: Take the World of MinecraftTM Outdoors! (ages 7-10)
Tuesday - Thursday, June 28 - 30, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (990-06-28-16-01)
OR
Tuesday - Thursday, July 26 - 28, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (990-07-26-16-02)
Willis Bowman, experienced Arboretum day camp instructor, engineer, artist, and co-designer/builder of the Arboretum's "Under the Oak" nature play area
Malia Brandt, Day Camp Coordinator; experienced Arboretum and Montessori educator
Get away from the screen and into the wild, learning about nature through real outdoor
MinecraftTM-themed adventures! Survive a hostile environment, build an epic house, craft a bow and arrow, forage for food, mine for materials and fend off wandering monsters through a series of puzzles and challenges. "Creative mode" also allows time for take-home planting projects and nature exploration.
NOTE: Not an official MinecraftTM product. Not approved by or associated with Mojang.
Limit 16, Learning Center

register SOLD OUT. Add your name to the waitlist!
Tuesday - Thursday, June 28 - 30, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (990-06-28-16-01)

$90 members/$99 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and any project supplies  
 
waitlist SOLD OUT. Add your name to the waitlist!
Tuesday - Thursday, July 26 - 28, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (990-07-26-16-02)

$90 members/$99 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and any project supplies  


raptors

Supported in part by a gift from the Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter

SPECIAL OFFERING:
All About Raptors: Head to Talons Day Camp (ages 5-9)

Tuesday - Thursday, August 16 - 18, 9 a.m.- noon (995-08-16-16-01)
OR
Tuesday - Thursday, August 16 - 18, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m (995-08-16-16-02)
Dan Hnilicka, Interpretive naturalist and experienced day camp instructor with the University of Minnesota Raptor Center

The Arboretum and The University of Minnesota Raptor Center are partnering to present an all-new camp experience that is all about birds of prey! Join in the fun over three days for an exhilarating chance to get up close and personal with live raptors. An expert from the Raptor Center will visit the Arboretum along with examples of some of their amazing birds! Visiting birds could include a mighty bald eagle, a wise great-horned owl, an adorable screech owl, a sleek kestrel, or maybe even a gnarly turkey vulture! Safely discover what it's like to be a raptor, and watch in amazement as one tears into a fish or swallows a mouse whole! Discover the trees and food chains that are key to raptors' survival, and why conservation efforts are important to ensure the long-term survival of these magnificent birds. Explore scientific concepts such as adaptation, ecology, veterinary medicine, and animal training through hands-on activities and exciting investigations.NOTE: Types of raptors cannot be guaranteed and are dependent on which are available for viewing
Limit 16, Learning Center

register Tuesday - Thursday, August 16 - 18, 9 a.m.- noon (995-08-16-16-01)
$90 members/$99 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and any project supplies
This session is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist! 
We also recommend 
Eco-Adventures Day Camp: Earth! Air! Fire! Water! (ages 7-12)
**featuring special guest UofMN Raptor Center**
(click on Full Day Camps ages 7-12 in the green bar at the top of the page)

Register  Tuesday - Thursday, August 16 - 18, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m (995-08-16-16-02)
$90 members/$99 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and any project supplies 
This session is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist! 
We also recommend 
Eco-Adventures Day Camp: Earth! Air! Fire! Water! (ages 7-12)
**featuring special guest UofMN Raptor Center**
(click on Full Day Camps ages 7-12 in the green bar at the top of the page) 


Additional FULL-Day programs are available for 7-12 year olds! 
Use the green bar at the top of this page to navigate to the 7-12 year old category.

SUMMER DAY CAMPS FOR AGES 7 TO 12

Arboretum Eco-Adventure Day Camps (ages 7-12)
Be a part of our newest camp offering! Arboretum Eco-Adventures are filled with time for nature exploration, new discoveries, non-stop activities, making friends and having fun! With a new theme each week, scientific concepts come to life as special guests facilitate hands-on, unique, and interactive experiences. All Eco-Adventure camps divide into groups with age-specific activities that include experiments, scavenger hunts, art, games, cooking, building, planting, and time to get your hands dirty!


big bugs_credit Houston Museum of Natural Science
photo: Houston Museum of Natural Science


Summer 2016 Big Bugs and Savage Gardens sponsored by
  

Arboretum Eco-Adventures Day Camp: Big Bugs and Carnivorous Plants (ages 7-12) (990-06-13-16)
Monday - Friday, June 13 - 17, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Malia Brandt, Day Camp Coordinator; experienced Arboretum and Montessori educator
Special Guest: Bruce the Bug Guy, an "ento-taining" entomologist with over 25 years of buggy knowledge

Five full days of eco-fun! Explore fascinating Arboretum exhibits featuring the secret lives of carnivorous plants and the insects they feed on. Learn about how and why these mysterious plants capture and digest their prey, their amazing adaptations, and the ecosystems they are a part of. Get "bugged out" with a visit from Bruce the Bug Guy, who will bring amazing bugs of all sizes from all over the world for a hands-on, multi-legged experience! Join an insect safari, and investigate the miraculous world of bugs through touch, sight, smell, sound and taste (yes, taste)! All Eco-Adventure camps divide into groups with age-specific activities that include experiments, scavenger hunts, art, games, cooking, building, planting, and time to get your hands in the dirt!
Limit 27, Learning Center Picnic Shelter B


Register


$255 members/$280 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and project supplies

  Register for ALL THREE Eco-Adventures Cames for 7-12 year olds and Save $50!
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earth air fire water
photo: Piers Nye/Flikr 

Supported in part by a gift from the Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter

Arboretum Eco-Adventures Day Camp: Earth! Air! Fire! Water! (ages 7-12) (990-07-11-16)
Monday - Friday, July 11 - 15, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Malia Brandt, Day Camp Coordinator; experienced Arboretum and Montessori educator
Special Guest: U of M Raptor Center, featuring a real-life assortment of fascinating birds of prey

Discover earth's basic elements in a full week of amazing experiments and exciting challenges that celebrate earth, air, fire and water. Build a campfire in nature and cook a tasty snack, explore the watery wonder of wetlands, become an earth-conscious dirt detective and encounter raptors up close to learn how they harness the power of air! An expert from the Raptor Center will visit the Arboretum one one day, along with some of the birds that are being rehabilitated. Visiting birds could include a bald eagle, screech owl, a kestrel, or maybe even a turkey vulture! Team up with new friends to examine diverse ecosystems, go on a selfie scavenger hunt, build forts, and plant projects to take home. All Eco-Adventure camps divide into groups with age-specific activities that include experiments, scavenger hunts, art, games, cooking, building, planting, and time to get your hands in the dirt!
NOTE: Types of raptors cannot be guaranteed and are dependent on which are available for viewing
Limit 27, Learning Center Picnic Shelter B

Register


$255 members/$280 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and any project supplies
 
  Register for ALL THREE Eco-Adventures Cames for 7-12 year olds and Save $50! 
LEARN MORE

pollinator
photo: Kingcraft/Shutterstock 

Arboretum Eco-Adventures Day Camp: Pollinator Super Power! (ages 7-12) (990-08-1-16)
Monday - Friday, August 1 - 5, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (999-08-1-16)
Malia Brandt, Day Camp Coordinator; experienced Arboretum and Montessori educator
Special Guest: Pollinate Minnesota, providing professional, safe, experiential education with real honeybees

Examine the huge superpowers of earth's tiny pollinators, and explore their vital influences on biodiversity and the food web. In this amazing five-day adventure, campers will explore the Arboretum's brand new Pollinator Center, build a pollinator house to take home, wear a beekeeping suit, observe bee behavior, and learn about the variety of products that come from bees. Make seed bombs to help with the creation of pollinator pathways and honey balm to celebrate the health benefits of of honey! Learn about pollinator habitats, which local plants are best for pollinators, and how to make a difference for Minnesota pollinators. All Eco-Adventure camps divide into groups with age-specific activities that include experiments, scavenger hunts, art, games, cooking, building, planting, and time to get your hands in the dirt!
Limit 27, Learning Center Picnic Shelter B

 

Register

$255 members/$280 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and any project supplies

  Register for ALL THREE Eco-Adventures Cames for 7-12 year olds and Save $50! 
LEARN MORE

Additional Half-Day programs are available for 7-10 year olds!
Use the green bar at the top of this page to navigate to the 7-10 year old category.

SUMMER DAY CAMPS FOR AGES 11 TO 14


eco inventors 

Eco-Inventors Day Camp (ages 11-14) (995-07-19-16)
Tuesday - Thursday, July 19-21, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Willis Bowman, experienced Arboretum day camp instructor, engineer, artist, and co-designer/builder of the Arboretum's "Under the Oak" nature play area

Join the maker movement! Learn to safely use woodworking tools, hand saws, and cordless drills...then let your imagination run wild as you learn quick, clever ways of joining found natural materials into amazing inventions, sculptures and structures. Venture to the far corners of the Arboretum to gather materials, explore unique ecosystems and make unexpected discoveries! The creative possibilities of combining tools with the natural resources of 1,200 acres of Arboretum lands are endless. Host a maker fair on the last day to showcase creations.
Limit 16, Learning Center

register $90 members/$99 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and any project supplies
 



 

 


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Questions?
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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.