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Summer Camps

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Summer Camps at the Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum Summer Camps provide children with hands-on explorations in nature and STEM that will spark their imagination and inspire environmental stewardship.

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Summer Camps at the Dallas Arboretum feature daily hands-on investigations, garden explorations and games. Classes foster critical thinking, problem solving skills and develop a sense of exploration and adventure in children. If your child is joining us for a half day camp, bring a small snack. Send a lunch and a snack if they are attending a full day camp. Choose from a variety of weeklong or 2–3 day camps from June 1–August 7.

Pre-registration required. Register your child by the grade level your child will be in for the 2020–2021 school year.

Registration opens March 2, 2020. Register before March 31 and save $25 per camp! Discount code: CAMP25

Teens working on robotics project

For questions, see our Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of the page or contact the Education Reservations Department by email at education@dallasarboretum.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!”

Upcoming Summer Camps


Back to the future summer camp

Back to the Future

4 years–Kindergarten

June 8–12 or July 6–10
9am–12pm
$250 ($225 for Members)

Ever wonder what it would be like to travel back to the age of dinosaurs or leap forward in time to life on Mars? Join us in this action packed camp, where you’ll investigate just how really big dinosaurs were, experience a dino dig and walk in a dinosaur’s footprint. Prepare for your space trip by constructing your very own rocket, train like an astronaut and set your next mission. Then get ready for life on Mars! Build your living module, set up your life experiments and explore craters and the surface of Mars. Don’t forget your trusty robot! Design and build a robot to help you on your travels.

June 8–12 registration link coming soon.

July 6–10 registration link coming soon.


bubble-ology

Bubble-ology

4 years–Kindergarten

June 29–July 1
9am–12pm
$150 ($135 for Members)

August 3–7
9am–12pm
$250 ($225 for Members)

Splish-splash into summer and pop into camp for fun as we learn all about the science of bubbles! Learn what bubbles are and where we can find them. Of course, we’ll also have plenty of sudsy fun discovering the science of soap bubbles, designing our own bubble blowing solutions and wands and even putting YOU inside a bubble!

June 29–July 1 registration link coming soon.

August 3–7 registration link coming soon.


inside out summer camp

Inside Out

4 years–Kindergarten

June 1–5 or July 20–24
9am–12pm
$250 ($225 for Members)

Have you ever been curious about how things work? Do you wish you could take things apart to see what’s inside? Join us for Inside Out, where budding scientists and engineers can get a closer look at the inner workings of everything from the Earth, to animals, technology and more! You will break apart rocks and dig into layers of the Earth, look inside plants and fruits, take apart toys and electronics and get your first look at animal dissection using gummy worms.

June 1–5 registration link coming soon.

July 20–24 registration link coming soon.


bubble-ology grades 1-2

Bubble-ology

Grades 1–2

June 29–July 1
9am–12pm
$150 ($135 for Members)

Splish-splash into summer and pop into camp for fun as we learn all about the science of bubbles! Learn what bubbles are and try fun, hands-on experiments to discover how you can create different types of bubbles in the world around us. Of course, we’ll also have plenty of sudsy fun discovering the science of soap bubbles, creating the best bubble solution and wands and even putting YOU inside a bubble!

Registration link coming soon.


mesozoic to mars

Mesozoic to Mars

Grades 1–2

July 13–17
9am–3pm
$270 ($250 for Members)

Ever wonder what it would be like to travel back to the age of dinosaurs or leap forward in time to life on Mars? As we explore distant planets and new lifeforms, we must learn from past and present life on Earth. Join us in this action packed camp where you will investigate just how really big dinosaurs were, experience a dino dig and walk in a dinosaur’s footprint. Prepare for your space trip by constructing your own rocket, train like an astronaut and set your next mission. Then get ready for life on Mars! Build your living module, set up your life experiments and explore the surface of Mars. Don’t forget your trusty robot! Design and build a robot to help you on your travels.

Registration link coming soon.


what's inside holiday camp

What’s Inside?

Grades 1–2

June 8–12 or July 27–31
9am–3pm
$270 ($250 for Members)

Grab your microscope and screwdriver – we’re about to break ground on a whole new camp! Designed for the most curious of minds, What’s Inside? helps answer the questions, “What’s inside that?” and “How does it work?” Learn about Earth core samples, explore what’s inside geodes, take apart animatronic toys and put them back together as “franken-bots” and dissect organisms such as plants, food and an invertebrate critter.

June 8–12 registration link coming soon.

July 27–31 registration link coming soon.


dissecting science holiday camp

Dissecting Science

Grades 3–5

August 3–7
9am–3pm
$270 ($250 for Members)

Grab your microscope and screwdriver – we’re about to break ground on a whole new camp! Designed for the most curious of minds, Dissecting Science helps answer the questions, “What’s inside that?” and “How does it work?” Learn about Earth core samples, explore what’s inside geodes, take apart animatronic toys and put them back together as “franken-bots” and dissect organisms such as plants, food and an aquatic creature.

Registration link coming soon.


junior ecoadventurers summer camp

Junior EcoAdventurers

Grades 3–4

June 15–19 or June 22–26
9am–3pm
$385 ($360 for Members)

Come day-tripping with us while we reinforce the love of nature in this camp for environmentally-minded and adventurous kids. Junior EcoAdventurers will strengthen teamwork and individual skills needed to overcome and navigate daily challenges. Teams of campers will explore the Arboretum, hike local nature trails, experience urban farming and learn to fish. You will assess your role in the environment during nature investigations including engineering your own fishing lure, observing and identifying aquatic creatures, using alternative energy resources and upcycling everyday items. All activity fees included. Bus transportation provided to and from the nature trails and urban farm. 

June 15–19 registration link coming soon.

June 22–26 registration link coming soon.


SciQuest Jr summer camp

SciQuest Jr

Grades 3–4

July 13–17 or July 27–31
9am–3pm
$385 ($360 for Members)

Humankind is pushing the boundaries of space exploration, but we still have our own changing planet to protect! In this camp, you will explore science as it relates to caring for Earth while discovering new possibilities in our Solar System and beyond. They will meet with science experts in a variety of fields, fly drones on a rescue mission, design and 3D print their own mini “shoe of the future,” learn to code robots, produce their own podcast and more!

July 13–17 registration link coming soon.

July 27–31 registration link coming soon.


ecoadventurers summer camp

EcoAdventurers

Grades 5–6

June 15–19 or June 22–26
9am–3pm
$385 ($360 for Members)

Experience nature and adventure in Dallas’ great outdoors! EcoAdventurers will explore the value of teamwork and the beauty of nature as you navigate the Arboretum, hike local nature trails, experience urban farming, and kayak on White Rock Lake. Campers will investigate ecosystems while remembering that it is okay to get dirty or wet, catch and identify aquatic invertebrates and have the opportunity to upcycle everyday items. Additionally, groups will work together to engineer their own fishing lures, solve challenges by using alternative energy resources and appreciate the wonders of nature often found in their own backyards! All activity fees included. Bus transportation provided to the nature trails and urban farm. Parents, please drop off and pick up from White Rock Lake on kayaking day.

June 15–19 registration link coming soon.

June 22–26 registration link coming soon.


Teens working on robotics project

SciQuest

Grades 5–6

July 6–10 or July 20–24
9am–3pm
$385 ($360 for Members)

Humankind is pushing the boundaries of space exploration, but we still have our own changing planet to protect! In this camp, you will explore science as it relates to caring for Earth while discovering new possibilities in our Solar System and beyond. Meet with science experts in a variety of fields, engineer equipment for a rescue mission, design and 3D print their own mini “tool of the future,” learn to code robots, produce their own podcast and more!

July 6–10 registration link coming soon.

July 20–24 registration link coming soon.


What's Cooking summer camp

Family Mini-Camp: What’s Cooking?

Grades 1–4

July 7 & 9
1–2:30pm
Price per Child: $40 ($35 for Members)
One adult per child free

In this new parent and child mini-camp, you and your child will create small bites and snacks with a science twist. Includes entry to both the Main and Children’s Adventure Garden.

Registration link coming soon.


Insect Hotels and Bug Abodes summer camp

Family Mini-Camp: Insect Hotels

Grades 1–4

July 21 & 23
1–2:30pm
Price per Child: $40 ($35 for Members)
One adult per child free

Design and construct homes for the tiniest of creatures in this new parent and child mini-camp. Includes entry to both the Main and Children’s Adventure Garden.

Registration link coming soon.


Don’t miss our seasonal Holiday Camps!

See Holiday Camps


FAQ

Summer Camp Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for camps?

  1. 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 2020.
  2. When you receive the confirmation email, complete the Summer Camp Contact form immediately. Failure to complete this form will delay your check-in. Important camp information will be listed here. If you do not receive a confirmation email, contact Reservations at education@dallasarboretum.org.
  3. Save your confirmation email.
  4. 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 Courtyard. 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.

Car pick up: Cars will be allowed to queue for pickup 10 minutes prior to release time. To access this area, enter Gate 1 and continue straight to the car line. The attendant will remove the cones. Cars will be filled in the order of arrival.

Walk up: 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.

If your child is attending EcoAdventurers or Junior EdoAdventurers you will receive information regarding suggested clothes/shoes to wear on hiking and kayaking day.

Do you provide a snack?

No. For half-day camps, each child should bring one small, nutritious snack such as a granola bar or fruit. For full-day camps, 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 and snack. If attending a full-day camp, bring a lunch too. Please refrain from sending electronics or toys.

How are the camps staffed?

Each camp consists of a team staffed with a Dallas Arboretum teacher, college-aged staff and volunteers. All staff and volunteers undergo a background check. The average camper to adult ratio is 8:1.

How long are children outside?

Outdoor time is based on age level and the weather conditions. We monitor the weather daily for heat and severe weather advisories. If conditions arise we will limit outdoor activities.

Below are average times per day. Full day camps may have several outdoor activities throughout the day with cooling down time inside.

  • Ages 4 years–Kindergarten: 30–45 minutes a day
  • 1st–2nd graders: 45 minutes–1 hour a day
  • 3rd–4th graders: 45 minutes–2 hours a day
  • 5th–6th graders: 1–3 hours or more a day

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 processing fee. Refunds cannot be issued for missed classes or cancellations made less than ten business days prior to class. Cancellation fees are set for each camp reservation. Cancellations must be sent to education@dallasarboretum.org.

Cancellation Fees

  • Ages 4–Kindergarten camps: $60
  • 1st–2nd grade camps: $75
  • 3rd–4th grade camps: $100
  • 5th–6th grade camps: $100

Two- and three-day camps are nonrefundable.

How do I transfer my child to a different camp?

Transfer requests must be sent to education@dallasarboretum.org 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 and complete a background check with Dallas Arboretum volunteer department. The individual must successfully pass the background check before they can attend camp with your child. Submit inquiries to education@dallasarboretum.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.”

Experience the Garden as a Family