Registration Under Way for Adkins Arboretum's Summer Nature Camps

Registration Under Way for Adkins Arboretum's Summer Nature Camps


Summer belongs to children. For the past six years, families and children have grown with Adkins Arboretum’s Summer Nature Camps. The camps are extraordinary opportunities for children to enjoy summer while exploring and becoming a part of the Arboretum.

This year, campers will experience the Arboretum in a variety of ways. Preschoolers ages 3 to 5 can join Camp Pollywog’s “Growing Up Green” (June 27–July 1) to learn about the life cycles of plants and animals, or Camp Bumblebee’s “Sunny Days” (June 13–17) to learn why the children’s Funshine Garden is such a special place.

New this year, Camp Dragonfly’s “Dragons in the Marsh!” (July 11–15) will awaken the curiosity of 6- to 8-year-olds as they experience the magic of the wetland. Camp Paw Paw (June 20–24), also for 6- to 8-year-olds, will explore the magic of the forest in “Into the Woods.” In Camp Egret’s “Wetland Survivor: Boot Camp” (July 18–22), 9- to 12-year-olds will embark on a week of action-packed wetland adventures.

Camps Dragonfly and Egret will be presented by Environmental Concern, Inc (EC), a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1972. EC’s mission is to promote the public understanding and stewardship of wetlands with the goal of improving water quality and enhancing nature’s habitat. This is accomplished through wetland outreach and education, native species horticulture, and the restoration, construction and enhancement of wetlands.

Registration fees vary, and pre-registration is required. Member registration is under way, with registration for the general public beginning March 15. Register at or by calling 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Photo: Preschoolers learn about the cycles of nature in Camp Bumblebee, one of five weeklong summer day camps offered by Adkins Arboretum. Registration for the 2011 Summer Nature Camp series is now under way.