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Summer Camps at the Dallas Arboretum

Summer camps return this year with new and exciting programs. Organized by age, these camps cater to your child's interests and needs for an unforgettable summer adventure!

Below you will find descriptions of classes, individual class registration links, a calendar, answers to frequently asked questions, and reviews from parents. Be sure to register soon because classes fill up quickly! For more information please contact education@dallasarboretum.org.

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THREE-YEAR-OLD CAMP

Three-day camp | 9 a.m.- noon | Classrooms located at the Main Garden | $110 members, $125 non-members

This camp is for children who will be three years old on or before June 1, 2014 and who are completely toilet-trained. Half-day camps will be held in the Wyatt-Wold Education Center at the Main Garden of the Arboretum.


Little Critters

June 3-5, June 30-July 2, Sold Out or August 5-7

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Explore the world of squirrels, birds and spiders in this three-day camp designed especially for your youngest campers. Preschoolers will have fun exploring where each animal lives, discovering what it eats and investigating its life cycle.


PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN CAMPS

Monday-Friday | 9 a.m.-Noon or 1-4 p.m. | Classrooms located at the Main Garden | $150 members, $160 non-members


These camps are designed for children entering Pre-K or Kindergarten in fall 2014 and who will be age 4-5 on or before June 1, 2014. Camps are based in the classrooms of the Wyatt-Wold Education and feature shady walks in the Arboretum and exploration in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.


Creature Feature

Week of June 9, July 7Sold Out July 21 (afternoon camp) and August 4

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Snakes, bunnies, turtles, bats and lizards make up this year’s exciting Creature Feature lineup. Daily creature investigations will come alive with movement and music activities, rhymes and riddles, exciting outdoor and indoor play, and one-of-a-kind animal art projects!


Back to the Future

Week of June 16 Sold Out, July 7 and July 28 Sold Out

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Young scientists will investigate the fascinating world of magnets, dinosaurs, volcanoes, rocks and outer space.


Garden Party (New)

Week of June 23, July 14, July 28 and August 11

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Each day is a celebration of summer and science. Daily theme parties include Let’s Chill!, where campers will investigate properties of frozen water by painting with ice, and Party All Night Long, a study of nocturnal animals that provides an excellent opportunity for campers to play with and learn about light and dark.


For the Birds (New)

Week of June 2 (morning camp) Sold Out and July 14 (afternoon camp)

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Crazy about bugs, birds and flying critters? This is the camp for you! Explore the Bird House Exhibit and discover fascinating facts about our feathered friends and more.


1ST-4TH GRADE CHILDREN'S GARDEN CAMPS (New)

Monday-Friday | 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | Rain or shine | $165 members, $175 non-members


Patterns, Plants and Pickles

1st & 2nd Grades: Week of June 9 and June 23

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3rd & 4th Grades: Week of June 16 and July 7

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Explore the fascinating world of plants, animals and patterns in nature. Create your own original art inspired by nature’s colors and patterns. Make your own kaleidoscope, create a bouquet of color changing flowers and design a vibrant tie-dyed creation. Investigate camouflage patterns in nature, and go on an adventure to discover the plants that make the foods we eat every day. Make connections between art, nature and science in this exciting camp!


Shake, Rock and Roll

1st & 2nd Grades: Week of June 16 and July 7

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3rd & 4th Grades: Week of June 9 and June 23

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Fascinated by the forces of nature? Explore wild weather, earthquakes and volcanoes. Investigate solar and wind energy and discover the wonder of rocks and soil. Experience new and exciting science topics from Earth’s past or its future each day. Go on an adventure to discover ancient petroglyphs and make your own Native American inspired art. Core sample a cupcake, grow your own crystals, investigate weather and even create your own snow day. Join us for this exciting camp all about our Earth!


1ST-4TH GRADE LAB CAMPS

Monday-Friday | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Members $165, Non-members $175


CSI (Cool Science Investigations)

1st & 2nd Grade: Week of June 9, June 23, July 14, August 4 Sold Out and August 11

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3rd & 4th Grade: Week of June 23 and July 21

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If you are into science, this is the camp for you! Each day is focused on a different area of life, earth or physical science and is action-packed with lots of hands-on experiments and activities. Explore magnets and electricity, experiment with volcanoes, and design a flying rocket.


Batty about Birds (New)

1st & 2nd Grade: Week of June 16th, June 23rd Sold Out and July 28th

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3rd & 4th Grade: Week of August 11th

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Make a peacock fan, view the world like an owl, weave a nest like a weaver bird, hear how birds communicate, have a penguin race, learn some bird dances and see how it feels to have webbed feet!


5TH-8TH GRADE CAMPS


Amazing Race: Arboretum (New)

Week of June 23 and July 21 | Monday-Friday | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Members $200, Non-members $220

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Are you up for a challenge? This is the camp you have been waiting for! Face exciting nature and science challenges and race other teams to the finish line. Don’t forget to watch out for roadblocks and detours along the way! Prepare to be transported to a new country with a new mission every day in this exciting camp designed for the adventurer at heart.

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PARENT AND CHILD PROGRAMS

Baby Bugs – Ages 18-36 months with one adult

Series of four classes | 8:30-9:30 a.m. or 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Outdoors | $90 members, $100 non-members

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Choose from one of the following series:

  • Tuesdays in June (June 3, 10, 17 & 24) 8:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. | $90 members, $100 non-members
  • Wednesdays in June (June 4, 11, 18 & 25) 8:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. | $90 members, $100 non-members
  • Thursdays in June (June 5, 12, 19 & 26) 8:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. | $90 members, $100 non-members
  • Tuesdays in July (July 1, 8, 15 & 22) 8:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. | $90 members, $100 non-members Sold Out


Play and learn in nature with your toddler. Paint with mud, hold a ladybug, plant a flower, create a cloud and more! Each hour-long outdoor class includes song and story time, a craft, nature objects to explore, hands-on activities and games. Each week features a different theme, including Marvelous Mud, Bug Bonanza, Flowers and Feathers, and Wondrous Water.


Closed-toe shoes, a stroller and water bottles for both parent and child are required. Registration fees include the series of four classes for one adult and one child. There is a $45 fee for each additional child or adult. Parents and children will receive a wristband to explore the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden after class.


Explore Together (New) – Ages 4-6 or 7-10 with one adult.

One-time class | 9-11:30 a.m. or 1-3:30 p.m. | Classrooms located in the Main Garden | $30 members, $35 non-members


Have you ever wanted to go to camp with your child? Here’s your opportunity! These half-day classes are designed for the young at heart and the special young child in their life. Come spend a few hours making summer memories with your child that will last a lifetime.


Registration fees include one class for one adult and one child. There is a $15 fee for each additional child or adult. Parents and children will receive a wristband to explore the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden after class.


Cooking from the Garden – Sassy Salsa

Pre-K & Kindergarten classes: Age 4-6 with one adult

June 2, 9-11:30 a.m. | June 20, 1-3:30 p.m. | July 1, 1-3:30 p.m. | July 21, 9-11:30 a.m. | August 8, 9-11:30 a.m.

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Fun, games and laughter are the main ingredients for this class. Together you and your child will discover the secrets of the honeybee, plant a salsa garden, prepare salsa and celebrate with a fiesta!


Birds of a Feather

Pre-K & Kindergarten classes: Age 4-6 with one adult

June 6, 9-11:30 a.m. | June 16, 1-3:30 p.m. Sold Out | July 2, 1-3:30 p.m. | July 25, 9-11:30 a.m

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1st – 4th Grade classes: Age 7 – 10 with one adult

July 11, 9-11:30 a.m. 

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Explore the world of birds with your child. Find out where birds live and what they eat. Visit the Bird House Exhibit and experience the joy of bird watching.


Nature Journaling

1st – 4th Grade classes: Age 7 – 10 with one adult

June 13, 1-3:30 p.m. | June 30, 1-3:30 p.m. | July 7, 9-11:30 a.m. | August 1, 1-3:30 p.m. | August 4, 9-11:30 a.m.

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Play with color and texture to create a personal art diary with your child. Songs, games and lots of fun make this a one-of-a-kind experience.


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1ST-4TH GRADE MINI CAMPS (New)

Three-day camp | 9 a.m.- noon or 1-4 p.m. | Classrooms located in the Main Garden | $110 members, $125 non-members


Want to explore a new skill or develop a passion that could last a lifetime? Our new mini camps give your child the opportunity to explore a new area in a fun and exciting way! Mini camps are three days long and expose your child to the numerous wonders of the garden.


Camps are based in the Wyatt-Wold Education Center and feature indoor activities, shady walks and outdoor discovery, as well as exploration in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.


Edible Creations Mini Camp

1st & 2nd Grade: 1-4 p.m., June 17-19, July 8-10, August 5-7

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3rd & 4th Grade: 1-4 p.m., June 30-July 2 and July 29-31

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Decked out in their very own chef’s hat, your child will use foods from the garden to prepare recipes with herbs, fruit, veggies and chocolate!


How does your Garden Grow? Mini Camp

1st & 2nd Grade: 1-4 p.m., June 10-12 Sold Out | 9 a.m.-Noon, June 30-July 2 and July 22-24

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3rd & 4th Grade: 1-4 pm, July 8-10

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Discover the world of gardening through hands-on activities, exploration, fun and games. Study worms and composting, plants seeds and propagate plants.

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Can I register my child for an older or younger age group?

No. Our lesson plans are carefully designed for certain age ranges.


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 read your confirmation email carefully for details on parking, drop-off and pick-up. Procedures will vary week by week and camp by camp.


What should my child wear to camp?

Children should wear comfortable clothes that can get messy. Closed-toe sneakers/tennis shoes are required due to the uneven terrain in the garden. Apply bug repellent or sunscreen before camp if desired.


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. Please consider packing a peanut-free lunch or snack.


What should my child bring to camp?

Each child should bring a small tote bag or backpack containing their lunch or snack and a reusable water bottle. Please do not send toys or cell phones.


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“I thought this camp was perfect, and the counselors were terrific!” Parent of a 9-year-old boy


“Thank you so much for having these camps. Our family loves the Arboretum camps and the kids look forward to it every year! We will continue coming!” Parent of a 7-year-old boy


“My daughter has attended camps at the Arboretum since she was 5 – we love your camps!” Parent of an 8-year-old girl


“My child loved every minute of camp. Keep up the great job!” Parent of a 4-year-old girl

“I feel very safe dropping my children off to camp” Parent of 5 & 6-year-old girls


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