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Summer Camps

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Summer Camps at the Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum Summer Camps have been cancelled for the 2020 season. If you have made a reservation, please contact our customer service team at reservations@dallasarboretum.org if you would like a full refund of your purchase. You are welcome to apply your registration fee to our annual fund if you are able to support our garden in that way at this critical time. We wish you health and look forward to working with you in the near future.

About

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 at 10am. Register before March 31 and save $25 per camp! Discount code: CAMP25
*Code not valid for two-day or three-day camps.

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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!”


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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.”

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