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Summer Camps at the Dallas Arboretum

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Plan the perfect summer activity for your child. Organized by age, these camps cater to your child's interests and needs for an unforgettable summer adventure!

Join us this summer for fun and adventure! Check out our list of 2015 programs with something for everyone in your family, from 3 years to 8th grade. Registration is now open! For more information, please contact education@dallasarboretum.org.

Parents must fill out and hand in the Camp Contact and Health History Form on the first day of camp

​Little Critters​​ Click for More

Little Critters

Explore the world of everyday creatures in this three-day camp designed especially for your youngest campers. Campers will have fun exploring a new animal each day, discovering their homes, learning what they eat and investigating their life cycle.

June 29-July 1

For ages 3* and age 4&5 (*3 year olds must be potty trained)

9 a.m. - noon in the classrooms at the main Arboretum

Members $110 | Non-members $120

Ages 3

Creepy Crawlies Click for More

Creepy Crawlies

Fascinated by bugs? Investigate the tiny creatures under our feet and the tricks insects play as you explore the fascinating world of creepy crawlies. Go on a bug hunt, create your own “pet” bug and more in this exciting camp all about bugs.


Week of July 6

For ages 4 & 5

9 a.m. - noon in the main Arboretum

Members $150 | Non-members $160

Ages 4 & 5



Week of July 6

For 1st – 2nd grades

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the main Arboretum

Members $170 | Non-members $180

1st - 2nd Grade


Week of July 20

For ages 4 & 5

9 a.m. - noon in the main Arboretum

Members $150 | Non-members $160


Ages 4 & 5


Week of July 20

For 1st – 4th grades

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the main Arboretum

Members $170 | Non-members $180

1st - 2nd Grade


3rd - 4th Grade

Red, White and Blue Click for More

Red, White and Blue

Why is the sky blue? What makes a rainbow appear? Does everyone see color in the same way? Investigate the science behind the colors you see around you every day, and create a few colorful creations all of your own.


Week of July 13

For ages 4 & 5

9 a.m. - noon in the main Arboretum

Members $150 | Non-members $160

Ages 4 & 5


Week of July 13

For ages 1st – 4th grade

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the main Arboretum

Members $170, Non-members $180

1st - 2nd Grade


3rd - 4th Grade


Week of August 3

For ages 4 & 5

9 a.m. - noon in the main Arboretum

Members $150 | Non-members $160


Ages 4 & 5


Week of August 3

For ages 1st – 2nd grade

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the main Arboretum

Members $170, Non-members $180

1st - 2nd Grade


August 4-6

For ages 3* (*3 year olds must be potty trained)

9 a.m. – noon in the main Arboretum

Members $110 | Non-members $120

Age 3

Snow in July? Click for More

Snow in July?

Brrr…it might be hot outside but campers are about to get chilly in this wild and wacky weather adventure. If you are a budding meteorologist, or just like to have fun with science, this is the camp for you!


Week of July 27

For ages 4 & 5

9 a.m. - noon in the main Arboretum

Members $150 | Non-members $160

Ages 4 & 5


Week of July 27

For ages 1st – 2nd graders

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the main Arboretum

Members $170 | Non-members $180

1st - 2nd Grade


Week of August 10

For ages 4 & 5

9 a.m. - noon in the main Arboretum

Members $150 | Non-members $160

Ages 4 & 5


Week of August 10

For ages 1st – 2nd graders

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the main Arboretum

Members $170 | Non-members $180

1st - 2nd Grade

Adventure Camp Click for More

Adventure Camp

This week is jam packed with challenging adventures, designed especially for older campers. Kayak on White Rock Lake, work with your team mates to navigate the Arboretum and complete fun and exciting challenges. This will be a summer camp experience your child will remember for a long time.


Week of July 6

For ages 5th – 8th grades

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Members $250 | Non-members $275

5th- 8th Grade

Baby Bugs Click for More

Baby Bugs

10 a.m.

$75 ($65 members)

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Our popular program for parents and children ages 18-36 months is now being offered in September.


Each one-hour class is packed with hands-on activities focused on a particular nature-related theme. The fun begins in our classroom with songs, a book and a craft, followed by a short walk to a garden location for more exploration and games. Closed-toed shoes, water bottles for both parent and child, and a stroller are recommended.


Registration fees include the series of three classes for one child accompanied by one adult caregiver.


Wednesday series:

September 9, 16 and 23


Thursday series:

September 10, 17 and 24


Friday series:

September 11, 18 and 25

What Parents are Saying Click for More

“I thought this camp was perfect, and the counselors were terrific!” Parent of a 9-year-old boy


“Thank you so much for having these camps. Our family loves the Arboretum camps and the kids look forward to it every year! We will continue coming!” Parent of a 7-year-old boy


“My daughter has attended camps at the Arboretum since she was 5 – we love your camps!” Parent of an 8-year-old girl


“My child loved every minute of camp. Keep up the great job!” Parent of a 4-year-old girl

“I feel very safe dropping my children off to camp” Parent of 5 & 6-year-old girls


FAQ Click for More

Can I register my child for an older or younger age group?

No. Our lesson plans are carefully designed for certain age ranges.


What if there is no age-appropriate camp for my child’s sibling?

Unfortunately, due to limitations of space, we are not able to schedule every age range in every time slot. We hope that you are able to find a combination of camps that suits the needs of your family.


Where should I park to drop off and pick up my child?

Please read your confirmation email carefully for details on parking, drop-off and pick-up. Procedures will vary week by week and camp by camp.


What should my child wear to camp?

Children should wear comfortable clothes that can get messy. Closed-toe sneakers/tennis shoes are required due to the uneven terrain in the garden. Apply bug repellent or sunscreen before camp if desired.


Do you provide a snack?

No. For half-day camps, each child should bring one small, nutritious snack such as a granola bar or fruit. For full-day camps, each child should bring a lunch that does not need to be refrigerated or heated. Please consider packing a peanut-free lunch or snack.


What should my child bring to camp?

Each child should bring a small tote bag or backpack containing their snack and reusable water bottle. For camps ending at 2 p.m. or 3 p.m., also bring a lunch that does not need refrigeration or heating. Please do not send toys or cell phones. 


Dallas Arboretum
and Botanical Garden


Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day
Administrative Office Open Monday Through Friday, 8:30am - 5pm

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