Summer Camps at the Arboretum
Thank you to everyone who made the 2021 Summer Camps a success! Join us for all NEW summer camp themes with a new blended (on-site and at home) format. As we monitor the pandemic, additional on-site activities may be available.
Summer Camps at the Dallas Arboretum feature daily hands-on investigations, garden explorations and live Zoom tours and special guests.
Camps are created for students entering grades 3-6 with family assistance on some activities. Students (and parents) outside of this range may still enjoy our activities, too!
Each week campers will visit the garden on Monday and Friday with a parent or guardian for on-site activities. The rest of the week, at-home activities include hands-on experiments and live Zoom tours and chats with experts!
Thank you to everyone who made the 2021 Summer Camps a success!
For questions, see our Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of the page or contact the Education Reservations Department by email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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!”
*This Year’s Format
- What does Monday look like?
Each Monday, the participant and their parent/guardian can arrive beginning at 9am. Our staff will share a hands-on activity for families to complete on their own time in the garden that morning and give participants their learning kit for the week. Check-in closes at 12pm.
- What do Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday look like?
Participant learning kits will include multiple activities to complete each day using items provided and some basics that you’ll have at home. In addition, there will be scheduled Zoom times for live expert sessions and community-building.
- What does Friday look like?
Each camp will culminate with learning stations on Friday mornings, open from 9am-12pm. Participants and their parent/guardian can arrive at their leisure and complete stations by 12pm.
- Can we visit the garden? Yes, on Monday and Friday, garden admission is included for camp participants and a parent/guardian.
- What if we don’t want to attend the garden days? Participants are welcome to pick up their kits for use entirely as an at-home learning kits, they just won’t do the Friday activities, which are offered on-site only.
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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 2021.
- 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?
Yes, as you or a guardian will accompany your child on-site and other activities are completed at home, you may purchase for a younger or older child and make your own accommodations.
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 on Monday and Friday?
We recommend you park in the parking garage as Monday and Friday check-ins will take place at the Children’s Garden Cafe.
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, but you are welcome to bring food and drink to the garden.
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 and snack.
Do you offer before or after care?
At this time, we do not offer before or after care.
How do I cancel my reservation?
Camps have a no cancellation policy.
Am I able to transfer from one camp to another?
Yes, you can transfer camps or weeks with a $25 transfer fee per child.
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. We will note on your ticket that an assistant’s admission is included for your Monday and Friday visits.
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.”