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Summer Camps at the Dallas Arboretum

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 18 months to 8th grade. Registration begins soon! For more information please contact education@dallasarboretum.org.

​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 3-5

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


June 28-30

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

Splish, Splash!​ Click for More

Splish, Splash!

Young scientists will investigate the fascinating world of water. Wear clothes that can get wet – each day will feature a fun-filled scientific watery adventure.



Week of June 7

For ages 4 & 5

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

Members $150 | Non-members $160


Week of June 7

For 1st – 4th grades

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Children’s Adventure Garden

Members $170 | Non-members $180


Week of June 22

For ages 4 & 5

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

Members $150 | Non-members $160


Week of June 22

For 1st – 4th grades

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Children’s Adventure Garden

Members $170 | Non-members $180

Eureka!​ Click for More

Eureka!

Explore the world of inventions big and small in an exciting week-long experience that connects science, technology, engineering and math through fun hands-on activities.


Week of June 15

For ages 4 & 5

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

Members $150 | Non-members $160


Week of June 15

For 1st – 4th grades

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Children’s Adventure Garden

Members $170 | Non-members $180

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


Week of July 6

For 1st – 4th grades

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the main Arboretum

Members $170 | Non-members $180


Week of July 20

For ages 4 & 5

9 a.m. - noon in the main Arboretum

Members $150 | Non-members $160


Week of July 20

For 1st – 4th grades

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the main Arboretum

Members $170 | Non-members $180

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 12

For ages 4 & 5

9 a.m. - noon in the main Arboretum

Members $150 | Non-members $160


Week of July 12

For ages 1st – 4th grade

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the main Arboretum

Members $170, Non-members $180


Week of August 3

For ages 4 & 5

9 a.m. - noon in the main Arboretum

Members $150 | Non-members $160


Week of August 3

For ages 1st – 4th grade

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the main Arboretum

Members $170, Non-members $180


August 4-6

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

9 a.m. – noon in the main Arboretum

Members $110 | Non-members $120

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


Week of July 27

For ages 1st – 4th graders

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the main Arboretum

Members $170 | Non-members $180


Week of August 10

For ages 4 & 5

9 a.m. - noon in the main Arboretum

Members $150 | Non-members $160


Week of August 10

For ages 1st – 4th graders

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the main Arboretum

Members $170 | Non-members $180

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 June 22

For ages 5th – 8th grades

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


Week of July 6

For ages 5th – 8th grades

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

Parent and Toddler Camps (4-week Sessions) Click for More

Baby Bugs

Play and learn in nature with your toddler! Paint with mud, hold a ladybug, plant a flower, create a cloud, and more! Each class includes song and story time, a craft, nature objects to explore, hands-on activities, and games. Closed-toed shoes and water bottles for both parent and child are required. A stroller is recommended.


Ages 18-36 months with one parent

Camp meets one day per week for a one-hour class


Registration fees include the series of four classes for one adult and one child. $50 for each additional child or adult. Parents and children receive a wristband to explore the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden after class.


NEW this summer: Continue the fun for four more weeks! Our July series will feature four additional topics. Sign up now for the full 8 weeks and receive a $10 discount.



June

Class topics:

June Series: Plant Parade, Bird Brigade, Bug Bonanza, Color Contagion


Tuesday series - 8:30 a.m.

June 2, 9, 16 & 23

$100 members / $110 non-members


Tuesday series - 10:30 a.m.

June 2, 9, 16 & 23

$100 members / $110 non-members



Wednesday series - 8:30 a.m.

June 3, 10, 17 & 24

$100 members / $110 non-members


Wednesday series - 10:30 a.m.

June 3, 10, 17 & 24

$100 members / $110 non-members



Thursday series - 8:30 a.m.

June 4, 11, 18 & 25

$100 members / $110 non-members


Thursday series - 10:30 a.m.

June 4, 11, 18 & 25

$100 members / $110 non-members


July

Class topics:

Marvelous Mud, Fabulous Flowers, Blissful Butterflies, Wondrous Water


Tuesday series - 8:30 a.m.

July 7, 14, 21 & 28

$100 members / $110 non-members


Tuesday series - 10:30 a.m.

July 7, 14, 21 & 28

$100 members / $110 non-members



Wednesday series - 8:30 a.m.

July 8, 15, 22 & 29

$100 members / $110 non-members


Wednesday series - 10:30 a.m.

July 8, 15, 22 & 29

$100 members / $110 non-members



Thursday series - 8:30 a.m.

July 9, 16, 23 & 30

$100 members / $110 non-members


Thursday series - 10:30 a.m.

July 9, 16, 23 & 30

$100 members / $110 non-members

Parent and Toddler Camps (8-week Sessions) Click for More

Baby Bugs

Play and learn in nature with your toddler! Paint with mud, hold a ladybug, plant a flower, create a cloud, and more! Each class includes song and story time, a craft, nature objects to explore, hands-on activities, and games. Closed-toed shoes and water bottles for both parent and child are required. A stroller is recommended.


Ages 18-36 months with one parent

Camp meets one day per week for a one-hour class

Registration fees include the series of four classes for one adult and one child. $50 for each additional child or adult. Parents and children receive a wristband to explore the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden after class.



Class topics:

June: Plant Parade, Bird Brigade, Bug Bonanza, Color Contagion

July: Marvelous Mud, Fabulous Flowers, Blissful Butterflies, Wondrous Water


No classes during July 4th week (June 30 and July 1-2)


Tuesday series - 8:30 a.m.

June 2, 9, 16 & 23 and July 7, 14, 21 & 28

$190 members / $210 non-members


Tuesday series - 10:30 a.m.

June 2, 9, 16 & 23 and July 7, 14, 21 & 28

$190 members / $210 non-members


Wednesday series - 8:30 a.m.

June 3, 10, 17 & 24 and July 8, 15, 22 & 29

$190 members / $210 non-members


Wednesday series - 10:30 a.m.

June 3, 10, 17 & 24 and July 8, 15, 22 & 29

$190 members / $210 non-members


Thursday series - 8:30 a.m.

June 4, 11, 18 & 25 and July 9, 16, 23 & 30

$190 members / $210 non-members


Thursday series - 10:30 a.m.

June 4, 11, 18 & 25 and July 9, 16, 23 & 30

$190 members / $210 non-members

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 lunch or snack and a reusable water bottle. Please do not send toys or cell phones.


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