(entering grades 1-5)
Explorers camps are full-day camps where kids can be kids. Days are filled with STEAM activities designed to engage their curiosity and to help them develop a love for nature. Counselors will help youth to develop life skills such as conflict resolution, decision making and confidence. Campers will embark on a new adventure each day as they explore the stream, roam in the meadow, hike in the woods, find frogs, turtles and aquatic bugs and play in the tree houses.
In order to enroll in Explorers camp, children must have completed kindergarten by the start of camp.
Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm
Campers should bring a mid-morning snack and a packed lunch.
Engineering Creations: June 22-26
Use your imagination and your scientific mind to design and build feats of engineering genius. Construct towers, bridges, catapults, roller coasters, dams and more. Learn how human engineers are constantly inspired by Mother Nature’s plant and animal engineers.
Down and Dirty: June 29-July 2 mini-week
Get your hands dirty exploring the life that is in the soil all around us! This mighty material is home to many living things. We’ll check out our composting worms, paint with mud, visit the Edible Garden to see the amazing food that soil can produce and even plant something to take home.
Mini-week pricing: $290 members, $330 non-members
Splish, Splash: July 6-10
Cool off during this fun-filled week in the water! Join us as we play and experiment alongside frogs, turtles and other water-dwelling critters to find out more about water’s role in nature. We will play water games, turn over rocks and make some aqua-inspired crafts.
Messy Art Adventures: July 13-17
Let your imagination soar with fun art projects inspired by Mother Nature. Use your hands, feet and more to create one-of-a-kind messy masterpieces. Hike around to find unique materials to craft with while using the Arboretum as inspiration.
Butterflies & Bumblebees: July 20-24
Discover the exciting nature of these beautiful, winged creatures. See the life cycle in action at the Butterfly House and head to the meadow with nets for a catch and release adventure. We’ll check out their amazing wings under the microscope and see bees in action in our observation hive.
Water Wonders: July 27-31
Have a splash of fun with a week of aquatic activities! Jump in the stream and search for cool aquatic critters, play water games and visit the pond to see exactly what is living there. We will experiment with water, as well as have time to get wet and wild!
Forest Frenzy: August 3-7
Prowl the forest together as we explore all the critters that live there. Take along binoculars and magnifying glasses in search of creatures big and small. Roll logs, dissect an owl pellet and investigate nature through your senses, art and games. It’s sure to be a “tree-mendous” week!
Fizz, Bang, POP! August 10-14
Create potions and watch things ooze, fizz and explode! Explore the chemistry that appears to be caused by magic to the untrained eye. We’ll have a blast doing hands-on experiments featuring acid and base reactions, color change and states of matter transformations.