Camps at the Dallas Arboretum

Summer Camps

Camps Run June 5 - August 11, 2017

Registration opens March 1st


Join us for new summer camps or return for all-time favorites that provide children with hands-on explorations in nature, science and art that will spark their imagination and inspire environmental stewardship. Experienced teachers will guide campers through indoor and outdoor activities, games and adventures.

Camps are designed for specific ages and/or grades. Children need to be the specified age by the date the camp occurs. The grade level should be the grade your child will be entering in the fall 2017.

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.

Find your place in nature!

See our frequently asked questions, including how to register.

Little Critters (3 year olds)

Campers will have fun exploring a new animal each day, discovering where they live, learning what they eat and investigating their life cycle. Children must be fully potty-trained.

June 6, 7, 8
9-12 pm
$165 ($150 members)

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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. Nature safaris in the garden reveal the secrets of squirrels, lizards, turtles and more.

June 5-9; July 24-28; July 31- August 4; August 7-11
9-12 pm
$225 ($205 members)

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Storybook Science (ages 4-Kindergarten)

Storybooks come to life in this exciting new camp that explores the hidden science behind the tale. Campers will build a house that will stand up to the big bad wolf, save a forest like the Lorax, investigate optical illusions and more!

June 19-23; July 17-21; July 31-August 4
9-12 pm
$225 ($205 members)

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Storybook Science (1st & 2nd grades)

Storybooks come to life in this exciting new camp that explores the hidden science behind the tale. Campers will build a house that will stand up to the big bad wolf, save a forest like the Lorax, investigate optical illusions and more!

June 12-16; July 24-28; August 7-11
9-2 pm
$245 ($225 members)

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Wild about Art & Nature (ages 4-Kindergarten)

Explore the animals, plants and art that make countries around the world unique in this new camp. Students will explore nature found across the continents, including plants at the Arboretum. ZimSculpt artists visiting from Zimbabwe demonstrate their secrets in making nature-inspired art. Expect for your camper to bring home their own artistic creations.

June 12-16; July 10-14
9-12 pm
$225 ($205 members)

July 6th - 7th
2 day camp
9-12pm
$90 ($80)

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Wild about Art & Nature (1st & 2nd grades)

Explore the animals, plants and art that make countries around the world unique in this new camp. Students will explore nature found across the continents, including plants at the Arboretum. ZimSculpt artists visiting from Zimbabwe demonstrate their secrets in making nature-inspired art. Expect for your camper to bring home their own artistic creations.

June 26-30; July 17-21
9-2 pm
$245 ($225 members)

July 6th – 7th
2 day camp
9-2 pm
$100 ($90 members)

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Feathers, Fins & Furs (1st & 2nd grades)

In this all new camp, children will study the fascinating characteristics of birds, fish and mammals from all over the world. Investigate how fish float, explore how polar bears survive in frigid water and get a up-close look at what an owl ate for dinner!

July 10-14; July 31-August 4
9-2 pm
$245 ($225 members)

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Arboretum Explorers at Lewisville ISD Outdoor Learning Area (3rd & 4th grades)

Come and explore the great outdoors in this new camp in the Lewisville area! Campers will discover the wonders of nature among the 8 miles of hiking trails, investigate fossils, create their own nature art and hone their citizen science skills. This camp is held at the LISDOLA every day.

June 26-30
9-3 pm
$330 ($300 members)

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Farm to Fork Market Camp (3rd & 4th grades)

Campers will visit local farms, explore the gardens of the Arboretum and sample produce in this TASTY new camp. All transportation is included and trips will begin and end at the Arboretum.

June 12-16; June 19-23
9-3 pm
$360 ($330 members)

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​Adventure Camp (5th-7th grades)

In this specially designed outdoorsy camp for adventurous kids, campers will work in teams to navigate the Arboretum, hike a local nature preserve, and fish and kayak on White Rock Lake. While exploring nature, campers will learn about the environment and science.

June 26-30; July 10-14
9-3 pm
$360 ($330 members)

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SciQuest (5th-7th grade)

STEM comes alive through 3D printing and VR technology in this all new camp! Campers will try on the hats of different types of scientists each day, participating in subject-specific investigations and experiments. Discover the wonders of astronomy when you investigate our solar system and create your own solar eclipse viewers with a 3D printer. Then experience space travel with virtual reality goggles provided by University of North Texas & NASA. The rest of the week is packed with fun investigation that explore engineering, geology, meteorology and biology.

July 10-14
9-3 pm
$360 ($330 members)

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