Summer Nature Camps

Summer Nature Camps

For the past nine years, Adkins Arboretum’s Summer Nature Camps have given children the opportunity to enjoy their precious summer the old-fashioned way – outdoors! Campers will make new friends and lifelong memories while exploring the Arboretum’s woodland, meadow, stream, and wetland habitats. From grazing on blackberries to splashing in the Blockston Branch, the Arboretum’s Summer Nature Camps provide children with a truly enchanted experience.

Space is limited, and advance registration is required. Sign up your young adventurer to grow with the Arboretum.

Camp Bumblebee: Nature’s Playground
June 16–20, 10–11:30 a.m.
Ages 2–3, with a grown-up
Fee: $70 members, $80 non-members

Children learn through play, and nature is the best playground! Campers will float leaf and twig boats down the Blockston Branch, create leafy magic carpets on the forest floor, and mix up gooey wetland “parfaits” while listening to a chorus of frogs and red-winged blackbirds. Songs, crafts, stories, games, and a healthy snack will round out each morning.

Register for Camp Bumblebee


Camp Pollywog: Summer Magic
June 23–27, 10 a.m.–noon
Ages 4–6
Fee: $80 members, $90 non-members

What lights up a firefly? How does a watermelon grow? Do turtles have ears? The mysteries and magic of summer will be revealed as campers dip their toes in the Blockston Branch, snack on blueberries in the Funshine Garden, and scoop up critters in the Arboretum’s wetland. Each fun-filled morning will include a song, crafts, stories, games, healthy snacks, and plenty of fresh air and exercise.

Register for Camp Pollywog


Camp Paw Paw: Young Naturalists
July 7–11, 9 a.m.–noon
Ages 7–9
Fee: $125 members, $145 non-members

Love birds, plants, bugs, tadpoles, butterflies, hiking, and exploring the great outdoors? Then you’re on your way to becoming a naturalist! Join other young naturalists in an exciting week of outdoor discovery. Activities are designed to foster creativity, careful observation, and respect for nature by introducing a wide array of artistic and natural science activities. Campers will keep nature journals, build flower presses, develop photography skills, and make paper, all while exploring the Arboretum’s wetland, meadow, forest, and stream habitats.

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Camp Egret: Rangers in Training
July 14–18, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Ages 10–12
Fee: $180 members, $200 non-members

Develop resiliency and confidence of character while gaining incredible outdoor skills, including wilderness survival, archery, stealth, wild plants, navigation, and animal tracking. Campers will build a fire without matches, craft a traditional wood survival bow, follow animal trails, and construct shelters. Powerful lessons in ecology, teamwork, self-confidence, empathy, and leadership are part of the ranger experience.

Register for Camp Egret