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Camps at the Dallas Arboretum

Spring Break Camps: March 7 - 18

All new nature and STEM-based camps

Sweet Deal offer: Enter to win free summer camp w/ purchase of spring break camp until Valentine’s Day!

Plan the perfect camp activity for your child. Organized by grade level, these camps cater to your child's interests and needs for an unforgettable camp adventure! All classes are led by experienced teachers and are held rain or shine.

Registration for Spring Break Camps is now open.

Growing Up WILD! At the Dallas Arboretum
(3 – 5 year olds)
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Growing Up WILD! At the Dallas Arboretum

This new parent and child camp is specially designed for the littlest of nature lovers! Through hands-on science explorations, song and movement and garden discoveries, campers will explore the amazing life cycles of garden creatures and discover the fascinating world of earthworms.

3 - 5 years with one parent

$90 ($80 Members)


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Tuesday and Thursday

March 8 & 10: 9 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 3 p.m.

March 15 & 17: 9 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 3 p.m.


Wednesday and Friday

March 9 & 11: 9 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 3 p.m.

March 16 & 18: 9 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 3 p.m.

Nature U!
(Kindergarten – 4th grade)
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Nature U!

Investigate nature while exploring the beautiful gardens as spring blooms. Campers will discover the secrets of nature while they participate in hands-on science activities, search for creatures on daily nature walks, create take-home science-themed projects, and much more! Classes are specially designed for each grade level. Each day offers a different adventure!


Kindergarten

March 7-11 or March 14-18

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

$275 ($250 Members)


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1st-2nd grade

March 7-11 or March 14-18

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

$330 ($300 Members)


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3rd -4th grade

March 7-11 or March 14-18

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

$330 ($300 Members)


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Explore-Connect-Create Camps (New STEM-based Camps)
(5th-8th grades)
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New STEM-based Camps

Explore-Connect-Create Camps

$55 ($50 Members)

5th-8th grade

A series of STEM-based classes that are specially designed for 5th-8th grade campers who want to explore, connect and create with nature. Campers will explore the beautiful gardens, discover natural wonders and bring home a nature-inspired project.  


Special package rate

$465 ($425 Members)

Sign up for all 10 classes in 1 week to receive a discount. Call 214-515-6540 starting Monday, January 4, to register for this special offer.


Explore-Connect-Create Lunch Bunch

12 – 1 p.m.

$10 per day

Are you are signing up for both a morning and afternoon Explore-Connect-Create Camp for 5th-8th grade? If so, add on Lunch Bunch. Bring a lunch and enjoy a picnic in the garden! Sign up soon, as space is limited in this lunch program.

#PhotoSafari
(5th-8th grades)
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#PhotoSafari

Monday, March 7 or Monday, March 14

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

5th – 8th grade

$55 ($50 Members)

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Learn to experiment with different photographic techniques to record nature in the beautiful gardens of the Arboretum. Bring your own camera or phone to capture your memories. A list of tools and resources used will be provided so you can practice on your next outdoor adventure. Campers will choose their favorite photo to print and take home.  

#Paper2Plant
(5th-8th grades)
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#Paper2Plant

Monday, March 7 or Monday, March 14

1 – 4 p.m.

5th – 8th grade

$55 ($50 Members)

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Have you ever grown a garden from a piece of paper? Now you can. In this camp you will discover how paper was made before we had machines and work with fiber and seeds to make paper that you can plant at home. Each camper will go home with their own unique plantable paper!

#BirdsTheWord
(5th-8th grades)
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#BirdsTheWord

Tuesday, March 8 or Tuesday, March 15

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

5th – 8th grade

$55 ($50 Members)

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Exploring the gardens with an expert on local birds, bird guides and binoculars, campers will learn to identify the various birds that call the Arboretum home. Then campers will construct their own bird houses to take home. 

#InsectHotels
(5th-8th grades)
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#InsectHotels

Tuesday, March 8 or Tuesday, March 15

1 – 4 p.m.

5th – 8th grade

$55 ($50 Members)

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Build an insect condo for tiny residents in this unique class. As we tidy our gardens and lawns, and remove dead material from our landscapes, we take away more habitats for insects, spiders and bugs. Learn how to create a one-of-a-kind a home for these creatures and discover why pollinators and other bugs can be good for our gardens and take it home to beautify your own backyard.

#Plants2Dye4
(5th-8th grades)
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#Plants2Dye4

Wednesday, March 9 or Wednesday, March 16

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

5th – 8th grade

$55 ($50 Members)

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Experiment with natural color, fibers and fixatives to create a swatch of color to incorporate into a unique piece of fabric art to take home. Discover the sources of natural dyes from plants which may be grown in your own yard.  

#MiniGarden
(5th-8th grades)
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#MiniGarden

Wednesday, March 9 or Wednesday, March 16

1 – 4 p.m.

5th – 8th grade

$55 ($50 Members)

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Connect nature, art and gardening in this unique camp experience. Campers will investigate the diversity of plants; create a garden design using various plantings to build a mini-garden. Finally campers will decide how to best maintain their garden and the ideal location for his or her artistic piece.

#CanUCatapult?
(5th-8th grades)
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#CanUCatapult?

Thursday, March 10 or Thursday, March 17

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

5th – 8th grade

$55 ($50 Members)

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What does it take to fling a pumpkin? While it is no longer pumpkin season at the Arboretum, we will be experimenting with force and motion to build simple machines. In this camp, we will explore the requirements for building a catapult, to propel objects through the air. Campers will design, test, and compete with fruits and veggies to build their best structure and be named the Catapult Chunkin’ Champ!

#ChemistyOfToys
(5th-8th grades)
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#ChemistyOfToys

Thursday, March 10 or Thursday, March 17

1 – 4 p.m.

5th – 8th grade

$55 ($50 Members)

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The natural world is full of amazing and wonderfully occurring materials and structures. Scientists have been making use of the wonders of nature to create numerous inventions, such as shoes and bubble gum that make our lives better. Campers will be able to explore with polymers like a scientist. In this hands-on camp, we will experiment with some everyday polymers to create their ideal mixture for their perfect polymer toy. Come experiment with us! 

#EarthArtDesigns
(5th-8th grades)
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#EarthArtDesigns

Friday, March 11 or Friday, March 18

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

5th – 8th grade

$55 ($50 Members)

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Explore the beautiful gardens of the Dallas Arboretum with an artistic eye. Campers will investigate nature and create original works of art with natural materials, in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. Using photography campers will express their artistic side while promoting the beauty and value of the natural world. Bring your creativity and imagination! Camera or phone recommended.

#EngineeredByNature
(5th-8th grades)
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#EngineeredByNature

Friday, March 11 or Friday, March 18

1 – 4 p.m.

5th – 8th grade

$55 ($50 Members)

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Did you know some beetles can lift the equivalent of a human hoisting 7 buses above their head? Or that some lily pads can support the weight of an adult? Explore amazing feats of nature and construct your own unique inventions in this nature-inspired engineering challenge. Campers will compete with the world’s greatest architect, Mother Nature!

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Explore-Connect-Create Lunch Bunch

12 – 1 p.m.

$10 per day

Are you are signing up for both a morning and afternoon Explore-Connect-Create Camp? If so, add on Lunch Bunch. Bring a lunch and enjoy a picnic in the garden! 

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Thanks to all our campers who participated in the 2015 Summer Camps. Check back March 1 for the 2016 Summer Camp schedule. For more information, please contact education@dallasarboretum.org.

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


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

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


Which age or grade level is appropriate for my child?

Age-level camps are designed for that specific age. Your child should be that age the week the camp occurs. Grade-level camps are also designed for that specific grade(s).


When registering your child:

Spring Break Camps: enroll in the grade your child is currently in.

Summer Camps: enroll your child in the grade level they will be in the Fall. 


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 if the weather is bad?

All camps are held rain or shine.


How long are children outside?

The length of outdoor activities varies by camp, ages and weather conditions. Typically it ranges from 30-45 minutes a day for young children and 45 minutes - 1 ½ hours for older campers. Temperature and air quality are always considered.  


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?

Your child needs to bring a water bottle, wear closed-toed shoes and clothes that can get messy. Optional items: Hat and apply sunscreen and/or bug repellent. If your child is enrolled in a half-camp, send a small nutritious snack. All day campers will need a sack lunch that does not require heating or refrigeration. Please consider sending nut-free items. Mark all items with the child’s first and last name.


Do you provide day care?

No, the Dallas Arboretum is not a licensed day care facility.