Summer Camps at the Arboretum
Summer Camps provide children with daily hands-on investigations and garden explorations that will spark their imagination in STEM and nature. Camps integrate critical thinking, problem solving skills and develop a sense of exploration and adventure in children.
Camps are created for students entering grades 1-6 in fall 2022. All camps are held Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm in the Education Classrooms of the Main Garden. Cost is $285 for members, $300 for guests.
For questions, see our Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of the page or contact the Education Reservations Department by email at email@example.com or by phone at 214.515.6540 from 11am–5pm.
“My daughter loved the combination of exploring the gardens and the fun science-related activities. Your team made it a great week. Thank you and keep up the great work!”
Creature Features: Creepy, Crawly, and Cool
Creature Features takes a deep dive into the amazing creatures that exist in nature all around us! Explore creatures on land, in trees, air, water, and more. Discover how different forms of life have adapted to harsh environments, learn about how creatures play a part in our ecosystems, and get up close and personal with some creepy crawlies!
CSI: Cool Science Investigators
Science RULES! Get your lab coats, because you’re going to be a super scientist for a week with Cool Science Camp. Explore nature’s science with botany, and then take a look at what’s underneath the grass and soil with geology! Then we’ll look to the skies with meteorology, and finish it off with a bang as we take on chemistry and physics. This fast-paced, well-rounded science camp is sure to be successful experiment.
Design It, Make It!: Garden Innovators
Have you ever dreamt of building an idea? Put your thinking caps on and roll up your sleeves for our newest maker camp. Explore STEM learning, think like an engineer, and learn to actually build your own ideas and creations! Discover how plans and ideas come to life by creating blueprints and building your very own structures. What dreams can you make a reality?
Have you ever wondered what dinosaurs were like? At Dino World camp, you’ll get to see the relics of prehistoric beasts and explore what roles dinosaurs played in our ecosystem way back in the past, and how they play a part now! Think like a paleontologist and examine fossils, recreate tar pits, and learn about nature’s methods of preservation. Now THAT’s a dino-mite adventure!
Farm to Fork: Food Explorers
How does food… become food? Let’s dive in to the wonderful world of agriculture and learn how food goes from plant to plate in our Incredible Edible Garden. Discover what plants are edible, how they’re harvested, and how farmers plan crops and create successful farms! Learn how to plant your own food and how to create a sustainable, farm fresh environment. Hope you’re hungry!
Inspired by Nature: Garden Artists
Let the beauty of the Dallas Arboretum be your muse! Join us for Inspired by Nature, where you’ll explore and create visual and theatrical arts inspired by the beauty of nature. Partake in nature-inspired pastels, photography and become a playwright by writing your own work of art about nature. And don’t forget—on the last day of camp, parents are invited to an art gallery featuring students’ stunning works!
Make & Grow: Garden Adventurers
Looking to lose yourself in nature? Join us for our Make & Grow camp, where you’ll fully immerse yourself in the beauty and wonder of the Dallas Arboretum. Explore every inch of our Main and Children’s Gardens, learn about how seeds and plants thrive, and discover how you can make your very own garden at home. Create toad abodes, herb sachets, and more natural wonders throughout your week in nature. See you at the garden!
SciQuest: Space Voyagers
3..2..1..Blast off into SciQuest! Take to the stars and think like an astronaut while discovering space and learning more about our very own planet Earth. Explore our incredible feats in the stars such as the mars exploration, the moon landing, and the Parker solar probe. Get hands-on with some of the robots to conduct your own planet investigation, and learn how astronauts live in space! One small step for man… and a TON of fun!
Summer Camp Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register for camps?
- Sign your child up for a camp that is the appropriate level for your child.
• Children need to be the specified age by the date the camp occurs.
• The grade level you choose should be the grade your child will be entering in the fall of 2022
- When you receive the confirmation email, complete the Summer Camp Contact form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not receive a confirmation email, contact Reservations at email@example.com
- Save your confirmation email.
- You will receive a reminder email one week before the camp. All emails are sent to the address associated with your login.
Can I register my child for an older or younger age group?
No. Our lessons are carefully designed for specific ages.
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 enter the Arboretum at Gate 1 and park in the lot. Walk to the Main ticket booths and you will be directed to the Education classrooms.
For your child’s safety, you will need to walk your child into camp each day and sign them in.
At check-in you will receive a car hangtag with a unique pick up code. This is for your child’s safety. Please have your hangtag visible on your car’s rearview mirror or to present to camp staff when walking to dismissal area. You may use our car pick up line or elect to walk to the dismissal area.
Cars will be filled in the order of arrival. If you elect to park your car and walk up to the dismissal area, please have your pick up code available when signing your child out for the day.
If you need to pick up your child early, please park in the parking lot and walk to the classrooms. If possible, notify the camp teacher so they will be prepared for your child’s departure.
What should my child wear to camp?
Children should wear comfortable clothes that can get messy. Closed-toe shoes are required due to the uneven terrain in the garden. Hats are recommended. Apply bug repellent or sunscreen before camp if desired.
Do you provide a snack?
No. Each child should bring a lunch that does not need to be refrigerated or heated and a snack. Please consider packing peanut-free items for the safety of other students.
What should my child bring to camp?
Please read your confirmation email carefully for details on what to bring. All children should bring a refillable water bottle, lunch and snack. Please refrain from sending electronics or toys.
Do you offer before or after care?
At this time, we do not offer before or after care.
How do I cancel my reservation?
Cancellations are subject to a $100 processing fee per child. Refunds cannot be issued for missed classes or cancellations made less than 10 business days prior to class. Cancellations must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Am I able to transfer from one camp to another?
Transfer requests must be sent to email@example.com and approved at least four (4) weeks prior to the start of camp. There is a transfer fee of $25 per camp.
Do you offer a waitlist?
At this time, we are not able to offer a waiting list. Please check our website frequently for openings.
What if my child will require a nurse’s assistance during camp hours?
At least two weeks prior to the start of the camp, you will need to submit documentation stating the reason your child requires the assistance. Submit inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See What Parents Are Saying
“ My child learned something new every day. He had a great time, and he made new friends. After hearing about it, I was satisfied that it was a worthwhile learning experience to keep him engaged with science over the summer.”
“ My daughter loved your program! She came home with wonderful art projects and had many scientific facts to share. Everyone was helpful and accommodating. We will definitely be back next year for more weeks! Wish we had signed up for more than one!”
“ My daughter really had positive things to say at the end of each day, and she’s told me things she learned about bugs even WEEKS after she attended. It must have really engaged her!”
“ There is always a good balance of classroom time and outdoor time.”
“ My son said it was the ‘best camp of all summer’ and he’s done a lot of camps!”
“ I felt very comfortable with the drop off and pick up. It was very well done. The curriculum was also excellent. My son learned a lot and had a great time in the process. The camp counselors were very friendly and helpful.”