Summer Camps

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Online under each camp description

Call: 614.715.8022
Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm

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With nature as the touchstone for each workshop, the Conservatory’s camp programs allow children to gain hands-on experiences exploring the natural world through the lens of science and the arts. Each workshop is planned around a theme and includes age appropriate and enriching activities.

Camps are offered June through July for ages 4–11. Half-day camps for preschool and kindergarten students are available in the morning and afternoon. Full-day camps are available for 1st–6th grade students. 

Wait lists are available for full camps, please contact the Camp Coordinator at 614.715.8028 to be added to the list.
 

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Bugs, Bats & Butterflies in the Garden

June 8–12, 9am–12pm
July 20–24, 1–4pm
What do bugs, bats and butterflies have to do with plants? Learn how insects and bats help plants grow, how bees make honey and why ladybugs are a gardener's friend. Campers examine the bug world, plant seeds and explore in the garden as they learn. Ages 4–5. Children must be 4  by June 1 and potty trained.

$95 Members; $105 Non-members 

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Cookbooks & Passports

June 8–12, 9am–4pm
Campers travel the world and learn about faraway places and cultures as they prepare fresh, healthy, international recipes using organically grown produce from the Conservatory’s gardens. The budding chefs will impress friends and family with their new skills!  Ages 6–8.
$220 Members; $230 Non-members

Nature’s Canvas

June 8–12, 1–4pm
July 20–24, 9am–12pm
Young artists develop a wonder and love of nature as they create and express themselves through art. The Conservatory’s unique plant collections and landscapes serve as inspiration to draw, paint, and create naturally beautiful artworks. Ages 4–5. Children must be 4  by June 1 and potty trained.

 
$95 Members; $105 Non-members

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Junior Naturalists

June 15–19, 9am–4pm
Campers explore the gardens and grounds of the Conservatory to discover what is living in our ponds, trees and under the soil. Hands-on experience and experiments educate about water and the natural world. Ages 9–11.
$200 Members; $210 Non-members 

Fine Art Camp

June 15–19, 9am–4pm
Using the botanical gardens and plant collections as inspiration, young artists create works using various mediums including watercolor, drawing, paper making, and more.  Ages 6–8.
$220 Members; $230 Non-members 

Culinary Creations

June 22–26, 9am–4pm
Young chefs express their creativity and expand their culinary skills as they learn how to cook and bake a variety of healthy, delicious recipes. Campers harvest, process, cook, and eat organically grown produce from the Conservatory’s gardens. Ages 9–11.
$220 Members; $230 Non-members 

Fairy Tales & Folklore

June 22–26, 9am–12pm
July 6–10, 1–4pm
Favorite stories come to life in this entertaining camp where imagination is cultivated and Interactive storytelling leads to hands-on adventures. Each day, campers learn a new story and new skills to make awesome crafts. Ages 4–5. Children must be 4  by June 1 and potty trained.

$95 Members; $105 Non-members 

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Little Pirates

June 22–26, 1–4pm
July 6–10, 9am–12pm
Put on your eye patch and prepare to search for treasure! Each day, campers embark on a new adventure through the many habitats of Franklin Park. Using pirate maps and binoculars to find clues around the park, campers discover the creatures that live here and how they use plants to make their homes. Ages 4–5. Children must be 4  by June 1 and potty trained.

$95 Members; $105 Non-members 

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Art Adventures

June 29–July 3, 9am–4pm
Calling all budding artists! Explore the beauty of nature and create some beauty of your own. The natural world and the Conservatory’s Chihuly collection stimulate creativity as campers try their hand at using a variety of art mediums including glass and paint. Ages 9–11.
$220 Members; $230 Non-members 

Summer Drama Camp

July 6–10, 9am–4pm
Adventure into the world of acting! Campers create their own original production using creative movement, character development and script writing. Complete with lights, costumes, and sets, a special performance for parents concludes the week.  Ages 6–8.
$200 Members; $210 Non-members 

Garden Chefs

July 13–17, 9am–4pm
Follow your food back to its roots! Campers harvest fruits, vegetables, and herbs from the garden, then head into the kitchen to create culinary masterpieces using healthy, garden fresh recipes. Ages 6–8.
 
$220 Members; $230 Non-members

Nature Detectives

July 13–17, 9am–4pm
Investigate the habitats of Franklin Park and discover fun surprises at every turn. Campers search for clues to learn which animals call the park home, investigate soil, seeds, and sprouts to learn how plants grow, and make and use gadgets to explore the wonders of animals, plants, and the natural world.  Ages 6–8.
$200 Members; $210 Non-members 

Summer Scientists

July 20–24, 9am–4pm
Enjoy science, technology, engineering, and/or math? Campers create their own projects using recycled materials, mixed media and critical thinking skills to figure out how things work. Projects include soda bottle rockets and homemade lava lamps. Ages 9–11.
$200 Members; $210 Non-members 

Green Thumb

July 27–31, 9am–4pm
Explore the garden and exercise your green thumb! Campers perform mad botanist experiments, create garden art, enjoy garden-fresh snacks, discover how a garden grows, and learn about all things green.  Ages 6–8.
$200 Members; $210 Non-members

Global Chefs

July 27–31, 9am–4pm
Cook your way around the world! Campers sample new and familiar foods from different cultures as they harvest fruits and vegetables from the garden to create culinary masterpieces. The week concludes with an exciting cook-off between campers. Ages 9–11.

 
$220 Members; $230 Non-members