Summer Camps at the Dallas Arboretum

Summer Camps

June 4 - August 10, 2018 | Registration open now!

Dallas Arboretum Summer Camps provide children with hands-on explorations in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and nature that will spark their imagination and inspire environmental stewardship. Camps also integrate critical thinking, problem solving skills and develop a sense of exploration and adventure in children.


Camps are designed for specific ages or grades. Children need to be the designated age or grade by the date the camp occurs. The grade level is the grade your child will be entering in the fall 2018.


If you are joining us for a half day camp, bring a small snack. Bring a lunch and a snack, if you are attending a full day camp.

Our new Camp Plus option lets you extend the fun up until 5 pm. Only available for select camps.

See our frequently asked questions, including how to register.

Find your place in nature!

Check out this awesome video from one of our 2017 Adventure Camps.

Little Critters | 3 year olds

Explore the world of squirrels, birds and spiders in this mini camp designed especially for your youngest campers. Preschoolers will have fun exploring where each animal lives, discovering what it eats and investigating its unique life cycle. Children must be fully potty-trained.

July 2-3
9am-12pm
$110 ($100 members)

Register for July 2 Little Critters Camp (only 2 days)

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Back to the Future: STEM Explorers | ages 4 – Kindergarten

Ignite a passion for STEM in your youngster with this action packed camp! Campers will explore the world of paleontology, astronomy, volcanology & more! Take part in a dinosaur dig, experience a volcanic eruption and perform science experiments just like the astronauts. New investigations await you each day!

July 2-3 (2 days ONLY)
9am-12pm

Register for July 2-3 (two day) Back to the Future Camp


July 11 Back to the Future IS SOLD OUT
July 30 Back to the FutureIS SOLD OUT

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Creature Feature | ages 4-Kindergarten)

Go wild about animals this summer! Last year’s popular camp returns with ALL NEW garden critters!

Each day campers will explore the fascinating world of the animals that call the Arboretum home. Investigate where animals live, how they survive and what makes them unique. Hands-on explorations, games and nature safaris in the garden reveal the secrets of bunnies, frogs and more!

June 25-29 | July 23-27
9am-12pm
$225 ($205 members)

Register for June 25 Creature Feature Camp
Register for July 23 Creature Feature Camp

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Creepy Crawlies | ages 4 – Kindergarten

Is your child crazy about bugs? Campers will investigate the mysterious lives of creatures that fly, wiggle, and creep around our gardens. Find out how these tiny critters live, eat and grow as they survive in our gigantic world. Hands-on investigations allow campers to gain insight on the fascinating world of bees, butterflies, worms, pill bugs and many more itty-bitty creatures.

July 16-20
9am-12pm
$225 ($205 members)

Register for July 16 Creepy Crawlies Camp

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Cool Science Explorations | 1st & 2nd grade

If you are into science, this camp is for you! Each day your child will experience the day as different scientists: botanist, geologist, chemist, meteorologist, physicist and more! Days will be action-packed with hands-on experiments and activities that integrate science with technology and engineering, such as learning how gardeners and greenhouses use robotics.

July 9-13 | July 30- August 3
9am-3pm
$245 ($225 members)

You can still add Camps Plus to existing reservations.

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Camp Plus
Extend the fun! After care from 3-5pm each day.
$55 per week (members $50)

Camps Plus for June 11-15 is closed.

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Add Camps Plus to July 30 Science Explorations Camp

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The Secret Life of Bugs | 1st & 2nd grade

Come and explore the secret life of bugs in this NEW CAMP! Hands-on investigations allow your child an insight into how bugs build their homes, catch their food and the tricks they use to thrive and survive. Race your teammates to build a tunnel maze, eat like a bug and create your very own unique critter to take home.

July 23-27 | August 6 -10
9am-3pm
$245 ($225 members)

Register for July 23 Secret Life of Bugs Camp
Register for August 6 Secret Life of Bugs Camp

Camp Plus
Extend the fun! After care from 3-5pm each day.
$55 per week (members $50)

Add Camps Plus to June 18 Secret Life of Bugs Camp
Add Camps Plus to July 23 Secret Life of Bugs Camp
Add Camps Plus to August 6 Secret Life of Bugs Camp

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Adventure Camp Jr. | 3rd & 4th grade

In this specially-designed outdoors camp for adventurous kids, campers will work in teams to navigate the Arboretum, hike a local nature preserve and learn to kayak. While exploring nature and competing in fun team building challenges, campers will learn about their role in the environment.

June 25-29 | July 9 -13
9am-3pm
$360 ($330 members)

Register for June 25 Adventure Camp Jr.
Register for July 9 Adventure Camp Jr.

Camp Plus
Extend the fun! After care from 3-5pm each day.
$55 per week (members $50)

Add Camp Plus to June 25 Adventure Camp Jr.
Add Camp Plus to July 9 Adventure Camp Jr.

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SciQuest Jr. | 3rd & 4th grade

If you are into STEM, this NEW camp is for you! This week is packed with investigations that will explore space, engineering, chemistry, biology and oceanography. In conjunction with the University of North Texas, come experience the newest NASA mission, Touch the Sun, using VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) technology. Learn how modern greenhouses integrate STEM as you navigate a robot through the garden. Explore kinetic sculptures in our newest traveling exhibit then design and create your own nature-inspired wind sculpture using handheld 3D printers.

July 30- August 3 | August 6-10
9am-3pm
$360 ($330 members)
Register for July 30 SciQuest Jr Camp
Register for August 6 SciQuest Jr Camp

Camp Plus
Extend the fun! After care from 3-5pm each day.
$55 per week (members $50)
Add Camps Plus to July 30 SciQuest Jr Camp
Add Camps Plus to August 6 SciQuest Jr Camp

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Adventure Camp | 5th – 7th grade

Come and experience adventure in Dallas’ great outdoors! Campers will work in teams to navigate the Arboretum, hike a local nature preserve and fish and kayak on White Rock Lake. Experience the ultimate thrill as you challenge yourself to complete a low ropes course. While exploring nature and competing in fun team building challenges, campers will learn about their role in the environment.

June 25-29 | July 9 -13 All Dates are SOLD OUT

June 25 Adventure Camp IS SOLD OUT
July 9 Adventure Camp IS SOLD OUT

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SciQuest | 5th – 7th grade

Last year’s wildly popular camp is back with all new STEM discoveries! This week is packed with fun investigations that explore space, engineering, chemistry, biology and oceanography.

In conjunction with the University of North Texas, come experience the newest NASA mission, Touch the Sun, using VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) technology. Learn how to code and navigate a VEX robot to complete garden based challenges. Explore kinetic sculptures in our newest traveling exhibit, then design and create your own nature-inspired structure. Learn to use a 3D printer and print your own unique souvenir to take home.

July 16-20 | July 23-27 All Dates SOLD OUT
9am-3pm

July 16 SciQuest Camp IS SOLD OUT
July 23 SciQuest Camp IS SOLD OUT

Camp Plus
Extend the fun! After care from 3-5pm each day.
$55 per week (members $50)

Add Camps Plus to July 16 SciQuest Camp
Add Camps Plus to July 23 SciQuest Camp

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