Summer Camps at the Arboretum
Dallas Arboretum Summer Camps will return for Summer 2021! Registration is now open. 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!
Pre-registration required. Register your child by the grade level your child will be in for the 2021–2022 school year.
$125 ($150 nonmember)
$60 for each additional child in the same family
Registration Now Open!
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!”
Makers in the Garden
Makers in the Garden
June 7-11, June 28 – July 2, July 26-30
Themes: music, insects, circuits, conservation, animation, art
Do you love to make, tinker, build or invent? Join us as we explore, design, construct and share DIY creations!
Using an array of materials and technologies, we’ll create garden- and nature-inspired objects that include noisemakers, circuits, animatronics, contraptions and more! Meet our collection of six- and eight-legged friends, learn from our resident entomologist and even explore our summer exhibit with a live sculpting experience!
You’ll culminate the week by combining everything you’ve learned to make your own shadow puppet theater.
June 7-11, July 5-9 and 19-23
Themes: plants, growing, seeds, maker, design, gifts, art
Are you inspired by the flowering plants you encounter at the Dallas Arboretum? Have you ever considered growing and caring for your own garden? Well, our new DIY Garden camp will give you all the tools you need to plan, create and enjoy your own private oasis!
Explore our greenhouses and on-site gardens and even meet the team that brings our garden to life. You make seed tape and seed balls, learn about hydroponics and even create your own lightweight cement planter.
After this week, you’ll have all the skills needed to make gifts for family and friends for years to come and you’ll be ready to start growing at home!
June 14-18, June 28 – July 2, July 12-16
Themes: solar, wind, sound, kinetic, music, circuits
Harness the power of energy as you create, explore and solve puzzles. Use the sun to create art and make your own solar toy, use the wind to to fly DIY gliders and even create your own pendulum painting. Power a circuit using pickles, tour our state-of-the-art greenhouses and visit our temporary exhibition, The Sounds of Science, while creating your own musical instrument.
Wrap up the week with a tasty treat – you’ll create your own solar oven!
June 14-18 and July 26-30
Themes: dinosaurs, history, plants, terrariums, earth science, models
Love exploring past worlds, making things like fossils or creating your own living habitats with plants that you can care for at home? Dino World brings all of these things together in one experience!
In this camp, we’ll explore the rise and fall of the dinosaurs, create models of sandstone, amber, fossils and tar pits at home, and make our own prehistoric terrarium to keep – plus so much more! Your family and friends will be amazed.
June 21-25, July 5-9 and 19-23
Themes: recipes, cooking, chefs, molecular gastronomy, greenhouses, gardening
Did you know the Dallas Arboretum is home to two food gardens? A Tasteful Place and Incredible Edible produce thousands of beautiful and edible plants every year! In addition, the Dallas Arboretum works with an all-star array of chefs!
In this camp, we’ll learn simple recipes to create for your family and friends, explore molecular gastronomy, get tips and tricks from local chefs and see how our greenhouses produce our edible plants. This is the tastiest camp you’ve ever tried!
SciQuest with the University of North Texas and NASA
June 21-25 and July 12-16
Themes: space, NASA, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, 3D Printing, telescopes
Our wildly popular camp is back with all new STEM discoveries! Ever wonder what it would be like if you were the first kid in space? STEM activities include investigations about NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, Mars Insight and more, in partnership with the University of North Texas. Find out what you would need to survive as we explore the history and future of space travel. Campers will explore 3D printing, VR and AR technology, coding and more!
Don’t miss our seasonal Holiday Camps!
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.
How do I transfer my child to a different camp?
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. 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.”