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Nature is the touchstone for the Conservatory’s summer camp programs. From cultivating and harvesting a garden to creating a culinary masterpiece, summer camp at Franklin Park is anything but expected.

Camps are offered for ages 5 through 13. Campers participate in fun-filled activities throughout the day with a focus on their camp themes. A supervised lunch and half-hour free time will take place every day, allowing campers to participate in unstructured play and an opportunity to make new friends.

In addition to themed activities, campers will explore the Conservatory and it’s many gardens. Campers will enjoy 2018 exhibitions including Blooms & Butterflies and Topiaries at the Conservatory.

Campers will be some of the first kids to play and interact in the new Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden. Features will include a stream, wetland area, canopy walk, nature art studio and more!

Camp Registration

Browse the camp descriptions below and click “Register Now” for the desired camp. Once your registration is received, a confirmation packet will be emailed including important information and emergency medical and release forms. These forms must be signed and returned to the Conservatory two weeks prior to the start date of your child’s camp.

Upon completion of summer camp registration, please read the following Parent Guide for “next steps” and consent forms.

Summer Camp Parent Guide

Camp Descriptions

Ages 5 & 6
June 4–8, 2018 Snack Attack Pick, plant and discover in the garden. Move to the kitchen, create veggie dishes and get sticky with cookie batter!
$230, $220 for members Join Waitlist
(Registration Full)
June 18–22, 2018 The “B's” of Pollination They crawl, they fly and they pollinate. With binoculars in one hand and magnifying glass in the other, discover the creatures responsible for fruits and vegetables. Take home a painted lady chrysalis to observe and release into nature. $210, $200 for members Register Now
July 16–20, 2018 Storybooks Alive! From water play to getting dirty in the garden, there is fun to be had and discoveries to be made through the magic of stories. Learn about butterfly life cycles and take home a painted lady chrysalis to observe and release into nature. $210, $200 for members Register Now
July 23–27, 2018 Dough Crazy Dust the counter with flour and get out the rolling pin: it is time to bake! Visit the Conservatory kitchen to mix, knead and roll dough of all kinds. $230, $220 for members Register Now
July 30–August 3, 2018 Little Pirates Grab a map and a spyglass! Excitement awaits those who are ready for this pirate adventure. Run through a pirate obstacle course, search for treasure and play pirate games! $210, $200 for members Register Now
Ages 7 & 8
June 4–8, 2018 Summer Scientists Become a nature detective at the Conservatory. Investigate and experiment through hands-on activities from several branches of science. There are discoveries to be made and fun to be had! $210, $200 for members Register Now
June 11–15, 2018 Garden Chefs Dig into the world of gardening and learn how to plant herbs and vegetables at home. Whip up snacks and sides in the kitchen with freshly picked harvest. It will be a week of garden fun, cooking and an opportunity to make new friends. $230, $220 for members Register Now
June 18–22, 2018 Global Chefs Get dirty in the garden and prepare fresh and tasty international recipes in the Conservatory kitchen. Let your taste buds travel the world! $230, $220 for members Register Now
June 25–29 Snack Attack Party food is not only tasty, it is fun to make! Learn kitchen basics and make scrumptious finger foods and beverages that are perfect for a celebration. Finish off the week with a fun red, white and blue party to kick off the July 4th holiday! $230, $220 for members Register Now
July 9–13, 2018 Art Adventures Calling all budding artists! The flowers are in bloom and adventure awaits. Experiment with patterns and colors, play with clay and have fun creating with different materials. It will be an imagination art creation! $230, $220 for members Register Now
July 23–27, 2018 Love'n the Oven Spend time in the garden and use the freshly picked harvest to make oven-baked treats. Grab an apron and a whisk, it is time to create! $230, $220 for members Register Now
July 30–August 3, 2018 Summer Sampler Enjoy a week of summer fun that has something for everyone. Activities will include gardening, creating in the Conservatory kitchen and fun in the sun. $230, $220 for members Register Now
Ages 9–11
June 4–8, 2018 Summer Scientists Investigate and experiment through hands-on activities from several branches of science. From plant science to food experimentation, there are discoveries to be made and fun to be had! $210, $200 for members Register Now
June 11–15, 2018 Dough Crazy Mix, knead and roll doughs of all kinds. Learn kitchen basics, make pasta by hand and create sauces with ingredients from the garden. $230, $220 for members Register Now
June 18–22, 2018 Global Chefs Prepare fresh and tasty international recipes in the Conservatory kitchen. Learn the history of garden favorites and sample exotic fruits and vegetables. Let your taste buds travel the world! $230, $220 for members Register Now
June 25–29, 2018 Snack Attack Party food is not only tasty, it is fun to make! Use a variety of culinary tools to make scrumptious finger foods and beverages that are perfect for a celebration. Finish off the week with a red, white and blue party to kick off the July 4th holiday! $230, $220 for members Register Now
July 9–13, 2018 Art Adventures Experiment with patterns and colors, play with clay and have fun creating with different materials. It will be an imagination art creation! $230, $220 for members Register Now
July 16–20, 2018 Summer Sampler Enjoy a week of summer fun that has something for everyone. Activities will include gardening, creating in the Conservatory kitchen and fun in the sun. $230, $220 for members Register Now
July 23–27, 2018 Fine Art The Conservatory is a beautiful place to find inspiration through plant life and amazing art. Practice new art skills and create a masterpiece to take home. $230, $220 for members Register Now
July 30–August 3 Garden Chefs Dig into the world of gardening and learn how to plant herbs and vegetables. Whip up snacks and sides in the kitchen with freshly picked harvest. $230, $220 for members Register Now
Ages 11–13
June 11–15, 2018 Summer Scientists Investigate and experiment through hands-on activities from several branches of science. From plant science to food experimentation, there are discoveries to be made and fun to be had! $210, $200 for members Register Now
June 25–29, 2018 Fine Art The Conservatory is a beautiful place to find inspiration through plant life and amazing art. Practice new art skills and create masterpiece to take home. $230, $220 for members Register Now
July 9–13, 2018 Dough Crazy Mix, knead and roll doughs of all kinds. Learn new skills, make pasta by hand and create sauces with ingredients from the garden. $230, $220 for members Register Now
July 16–20, 2018 Summer Sampler Enjoy a week of summer fun that has something for everyone. Activities will include gardening, cooking in the Conservatory kitchen and fun in the sun. $230, $220 for members Register Now