Summer Day Camps 2021


For your safety during summer 2021, we are keeping our groups small and avoiding the need for campers from different groups to mix together. All sessions will be held primarily outdoors and will follow all current state and university guidelines for COVID-19 safety protocols, which are subject to change.

camper holding a snake at Wild About Animals day camp
Camper hiding in plant during EcoSpy Day Camp

The Wild About Animals + EcoSpy Full-Day Camp Bundle (Ages 9 - 11)

$265 member/$295 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, all project supplies and 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*! Please review the Covid Safety information prior to registering.

REGISTER 1 spot open!
Monday-Thursday, July 26-29, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Limit 12 full-day bundles, Meet at Picnic Shelter B across from the Learning Center
*Drop off from 8:30-9 a.m., Pick up between 4-4:30 p.m.

Enjoy a full day of Arboretum-style adventures that combine these morning and afternoon themed camps, separated by a fun lunch hour. These camps are offered bundled together as full-day only, and are not available individually as half-day options.

camper holding a snake at Wild About Animals day camp

Wild About Animals Day Camp (Mornings)
Special Guest: Live reptiles from The Reptile Experience

Become a wildlife biologist on the hunt for signs of animal life at the Arb using nets, magnifying glasses, binoculars, and microscopes! Make new discoveries about adaptation and behavior through group games and eye-opening demonstrations.
  • Animals are masters of camouflage! Learn about the tricks they use to hide in plain sight
  • Create animal tracks, observe scat, and mix seed bombs to attract new animal visitors
  • Go on adventures around the Arb to practice scientific observation skills and make new discoveries
  • Get an up-close look at live reptiles and other surprise guests of the animal kingdom!

Camper hiding in plant during EcoSpy Day Camp

Eco Spy Academy Day Camp (Afternoons)

** 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!

CANCELLATION POLICY: Camps may be refunded up to 30 days prior to the camp start date for a full refund minus a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given to those who withdraw less than 30 days prior to the start date. Should the Arboretum need to cancel the program for any reason, a full refund will be given. See full Youth Education cancellation policy.

CAMP WAIVER/RELEASE: Adults registering children for in-person Arboretum Day Camps accept the terms of the waiver and release as part of the online checkout process.



Summer Youth FAQ

Arboretum Education Office
Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*
*We are temporarily working from home, we may return phone messages from a home phone 

Cancellations & Exchanges
Cancellation policy

The best chance of being enrolled in a sold out class is to add your name to the waitlist. Click the orange "waitlist" button next to the class and complete the form. There is no obligation to register if a spot opens. If the waitlist shows enough demand, additional sessions may be added.

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