Registration Underway for Adkins Arboretum's Summer Nature Camps

Registration Underway for Adkins Arboretum's Summer Nature Camps


Summer belongs to children. For the past seven 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 2 and 3 (with an adult) can join Camp Bumblebee (June 11–15) to search for blackberries, visit the Arboretum goats and celebrate summer in the Funshine Garden, while Camp Paw Paw (June 18–22) campers ages 7 to 9 will learn about traditional uses for native plants and discover how native plants provide food and shelter for wildlife through games, guided exploration and a host of nature-related activities.

In Camp Pollywog (June 25–29), children ages 4 to 6 will scoop up tadpoles, search for ladybugs and learn about the creatures that call the Arboretum home. As the Arboretum’s oldest campers, 10- to 12-year-olds enrolled in Camp Egret (July 9–13) will hone their wilderness survival skills by navigating with compasses, creating forest shelters and foraging for native plants, all while building valuable teamwork and leadership skills.

Registration fees vary, and advance registration is required. 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: Adkins Arboretum Youth Program Coordinator Jenny Houghton leads campers in discovering the natural world. The Arboretum’s Summer Nature Camps, for children ages 2 through 12, begin in mid-June. Registration is underway.