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

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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

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.


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

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!

Garden Party (New)

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.


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

CSI (Cool Science Investigations)

August 4 Sold Out and August 11

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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)

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!

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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

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!

Nature Journaling

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

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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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 | August 5-7

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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!

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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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