2019 Arboretum Summer Day Camps
Job Description

Day Camp CITs will share skills, imagination, creativity, and passion for nature while being a role model to the younger campers. CITs will assist Day Camp program staff in providing a safe, supportive and exciting experience for all participants, as well as helping out with set-up and clean-up duties.


Applicants must:

  • Be at least 12 years old as of May 1, 2019
  • Demonstrate the ability to follow directions and work well with others 
  • Love nature exploration and being out-of-doors in all types of weather
  • Enjoy working with younger kids
  • Show a positive attitude 
  • Be willing to contribute ideas and work on many different projects

Responsibilities and expectations

CITs will be expected to:

  • Attend the mandatory one-day CIT orientation on Monday, June 10, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Create a welcoming environment by building relationships with campers 
  • Assist camp leaders to manage groups of campers in positive ways
  • Model appropriate behavior to promote a safe camp environment for all
  • Readily participate and show enthusiasm and a great attitude during all activities
  • Lead games and other activities during transition times
  • Assist camp leaders in daily set-up and clean-up 
  • Take photographs of campers and camp activities
  • Be an Arboretum Ambassador and demonstrate professionalism to all visitors
  • Refrain from any device usage during camp times


The Day Camp CIT program is very flexible, and many opportunities are available to fit families' busy summer schedules. In an effort to provide a consistent experience for campers

  • Day Camp CITs are asked to sign up for a week (M-Th) at a time. 
  • There are half day camp offerings from 9-noon and 1-4pm each week, as well as a full day options with a lunch time in between. 
  •  "Friday Favorites" are one day mini-camps that run from 9-noon, and are a one day commitment only.
  • CITs will be expected to arrive ½ hour before children arrive to help set up the day's activities and will be expected to stay ½ hour after children are scheduled to leave to help with clean-up. 
  • Please refer to the Day Camp webpage http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/DayCamp.aspx for descriptions, times and dates for all camps. 
  • Once successful applicants are chosen, CITs will submit the dates and camps that match their schedules and interests, and from there the program coordinator will put a master schedule together
  • CITs must attend the mandatory one-day CIT orientation on Monday, June 10, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Please call or email Malia Brandt for more information:

Thanks for your interest in becoming a Day Camp CIT!


Summer Youth Program FAQs & Forms

Give the Gift of an Arboretum Educational Experience

Join the experience-giving trend this holiday season...your thoughtfulness will not only benefit the recipient, but will benefit the Arboretum, too! Learn more

Classes Catalog

View online

Request a catalog in the mail

Email Subscriptions

  • Subscribe here to opt-in to your choice of Arboretum Education email alerts. You'll only receive emails on the topics you select, so you can keep your inbox interesting and relevant to you! (Every email contains easy instructions for opting out at any time.)


Arboretum Education Office Hours
          Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
          Sat - Sun, noon - 4 p.m.
Email Arboretum Education at
Call Arboretum Education at

Member Perk!

Arboretum Members may invite non-members to attend a class with them at the discounted member rate! Simply register for all participants at the same time in the same order and select the "member" rate for each person at checkout.

Cancellation Policy

Prior to registering, please review the 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 and complete the steps, or call 612-301-1210. There is no obligation to register if a spot opens. If the waitlist shows enough demand, additional class sessions may be added.

Program Quick Links

          PlantMaker Studio
          Q&A at the Yard & Garden Desk

Youth+Adult Together Programs
       Ages 3-5 with adult
       Ages 5-12 with adult
      Homeschool Days

Gardening & Horticulture Classes
Gardening - General
       Edible Gardening
       Landscape & Design
Floral & Botanical Crafts
      Schoolyard Gardens Conference
       Pollinators - Misc

Fine Art & Crafts Classes

Painting & Drawing

       Mixed Media
       Floral & Botanical Crafts
       Jewelry & Wearable Art
       Fiber Arts
       Stone Balancing & Sculpture
       Open Art Studio
Photography Classes
       Special Access Experiences
Food & Wine Classes
       Dine with a Chef
       Cooking Classes
       Edible Gardening
       Garden-to-Plate Workshop Day

       Book Club
Nature Appreciation
       Signature Guided Walks
Nature-Based Therapeutics

       Arboretum Staff
       Education Department Statistics

Share your feedback

Your opinions are important! 
The Arboretum strives to create classes that are relevant, useful and provide value. Use this form to share anonymous feedback about educational programming with the Arboretum Education Team.