Dallas Arboretum Offers Adventurous Children's Summer Camps

The always popular Dallas Arboretum summer camps still have limited availability for 2019. Organized by age for pre-kindergarten to 7th grade, the day camps run weekly

from June 3-August 9, providing campers with explorations in nature, art and science that spark their imagination and inspire environmental stewardship.

Pricing for this year's camps range from $225-385 per week, with specific details and registration available at dallasarboretum.org/camps. Dallas Arboretum members always receive discounted rates as well.

According to Dustin Miller, Dallas Arboretum's director of experience and innovation, "Parents have given us high marks about our camps because their children liked exploring, learning about science in a garden setting and having a great time. Parents tell us 'the curriculum was excellent;' 'my daughter loved your program...wish we had signed up for more than one!' and 'it was a worthwhile learning experience to keep him engaged with science over the summer.'"

Using STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) practices, campers develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills through guided exploration and adventure.

Dallas Arboretum summer campers explore the eight-acre Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, a certified Texas Aquatic Science Field Site by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (also a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat and Monarch Watch certified Waystation). Older students also venture out to explore White Rock Lake and hike a local nature preserve.

Camps are designed for specific ages or grades. Children need to be the designated age or grade by the date the camp occurs. The grade level is the grade the child will enter in the fall of 2019. For a half day camp, campers bring a small snack, and for a full day camp, they bring a lunch and a snack. The Camp Plus option extends the fun up until 5 p.m. and is only available for select camps.

Cool Science Explorations | ages 4 - Kindergarten

In this NEW camp, young scientists investigate the world of science and nature around them. Campers investigate the smallest creatures that call the Arboretum home, including some found right under their very own feet. This week is also packed with daily engineering explorations with objects that float, sink, roll and pop.

Week-long camps: June 3-7, 9 a.m.-noon

One-day camps: July 1 | July 2, 9 a.m.-noon

Creature Feature | ages 4 - Kindergarten

Go wild about animals this summer! Last year's popular camp returns with ALL NEW garden critters! Each day campers explore the fascinating world of the animals that call the Arboretum home. Investigate where animals live, how they survive and what makes them unique. Hands-on explorations, games and nature safaris in the garden reveal the secret lives of squirrels, lizards, turtles and more.

Week-long camps: June 3-7 | July 8-12, 9 a.m.-noon

Makers in the Garden | ages 4 - Kindergarten

Children who enjoy making, tinkering, building or inventing will love this NEW camp, where kids explore, design, construct and share their DIY creations. Using an array of materials and technologies, campers create bugs, flowers, buildings, and other nature-inspired objects to take home while learning about the natural world around them.

Week-long camps: June 10-14 | July 22-26, 9 a.m.-noon

Cool Science Explorations | 1st & 2nd grade

Each day children learn as different scientists: engineer, astronomer, geologist, chemist, biologist and more! Days are action-packed with hands-on experiments and activities, and campers keep a science notebook of their experiments to inspire them throughout the rest of summer.

Week-long camps: June 10-14 | July 8-12; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Creature Feature | 1st & 2nd grade

Ever wonder how wild animals big and small survive at the Arboretum? In this camp, children investigate the amazing features that happen right under the nose. How do lizards walk on windows and walls? How do squirrels and rabbits escape from nightly predators? Hands-on explorations, games and nature safaris in the garden reveal the secret lives of animals.
Week-long camps: July 22-26 | August 5-9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

One-day camps: July 1 | July 2, 1-4 p.m.

Makers in the Garden | 1st & 2nd grade

Children who enjoy making, tinkering, building or inventing will love this NEW camp, where kids explore, design, construct and share their DIY creations. Using an array of materials and technologies, campers create nature-inspired objects to take home. Activities include circuits, animatronics, contraptions and more.

Week-long camps: June 17-21 | July 29-August 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Girl Scout Camps | Brownie Camp - NEW

This camp is filled with fascinating nature and art investigations in the most beautiful place in Dallas. In this NEW camp, girls earn and receive the following badges: Outdoor Art Creator, Bugs, Outdoor Adventurer and Hiker. Days are packed with outdoor and indoor activities, garden explorations and friendship. Open to registered Girl Scout Brownies only.

Week-long camps: July 8-12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Adventure Camp Jr. | 3rd & 4th grade

In this specially-designed outdoors camp for adventurous kids, campers work in teams to navigate the Arboretum, hike a local nature preserve and learn how to kayak in a swimming pool. Campers learn about their role in the environment during nature investigations.

Week-long camps: June 17-21 | June 24-28, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

SciQuest Jr. | 3rd & 4th grade

Last year's wildly popular camp is back with all new STEM discoveries. Ever wonder what it would be like to be the first kid in space? STEM activities include investigations about NASA's Parker Solar Probe, Mars Insight and the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, in conjunction with the University of North Texas. What is the history and future of space travel? Campers explore with mBot robots, 3D printing, VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) technologies.

Week-long camps: July 22-26 | August 5-9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Makers in the Garden. | 3rd & 4th grade

These camps offer one or two days full of DIY projects that campers can take home.

One-day camps: July 1 | July 2, 9 a.m.-noon

Girl Scout Camps | Junior Camp

Experience nature and art explorations in one of the most beautiful gardens in the country. Girls earn and receive the following badges: Outdoor Art Explorer, Gardener, Animal Habitats and Flowers. The week is filled with indoor and outdoor hands-on investigations, adventures in the garden, fun games and friendship. Open to registered Girl Scout Juniors only.

Week-long camps: July 15-19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Makers in the Garden | 5th & 6th grade

These camps offer one or two days full of DIY projects that campers can take home.

One-day camps: July 1 | July 2, 1-4 p.m.

Adventure Camp | 5th - 7th grade

Experience adventure in Dallas' great outdoors. Campers work in teams to navigate the Arboretum, hike a local nature preserve, learn to cast a fishing rod and kayak on White Rock Lake. Teams work together to design and build an obstacle course challenge and race each other to the finish line.

Week-long camps: June 17-21 | June 24-28; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

SciQuest | 5th - 7th grade

Last year's wildly popular camp is back with all new STEM discoveries. Ever wonder what it would be like to be the first kid in space? STEM activities include investigations about NASA's Parker Solar Probe, Mars Insight and the 50th anniversary of the moon landing-all conducted in conjunction with the University of North Texas. What is the history and future of space travel?

Campers explore with mBot robots, 3D printing, VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) technologies.

Week-long camps: July 15-19 | July 29-August 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

 

For more information about registration, visit https://www.dallasarboretum.org/education/family-programs/summer-camps/

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