A Message About COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Botanical Garden Camps Canceled for Summer 2020
With the health and safety of campers, their families, staff and volunteers in mind, the Botanical Garden has made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person camps for summer 2020 due to COVID-19. While we are sad we will not be able to welcome you to camp, we are working on alternative youth programming opportunities with similar themes to the ones that you know and love. We will keep you informed when these activities are ready.
Summer Camp in Des Moines is taking a walk on the wild side!
Botanical Garden summer camps in Des Moines allow youth to explore the natural world through the lens of their favorite activities. Using the gardens as unique classrooms, our summer day camps inspire youth to create and explore with hands-on activities. Guest speakers from a wide range of expertise will participate. All camps run 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and are designed for first- through fifth-graders, unless otherwise noted.
We also offer a wide variety of school break camps throughout the year.
Summer Camp Prices
Full-Week Summer Camps:
Members $210, Nonmembers $250
Three-Day Summer Camps:
Members $125, Members with extended care $155
Nonmembers $150, Nonmembers with extended care $180
Extended care for three-day summer camps:
$30/youth which includes both AM and PM care for all three days of camp.
Available from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and 3:00-4:30 p.m.
2021 Summer Camps
All camps are designed for first-through fifth-graders, unless otherwise noted. Enroll your child based on what grade they will enter in fall of 2020.
Prices are listed per child per camp and includes a camp souvenir, daily snack, supplies for all activities and multiple projects to take home and enjoy. Youth should bring a sack lunch to enjoy.
Advantages and benefits to cross-grade learning:
Encourages youth of all ages to learn together
Promotes cooperation and mentoring
Children learn at their own pace
Younger children look for guidance from the older students
Older students organically develop leadership skills
Allows older children to revisit and fully understand complex concepts while the younger students are being introduced to the idea
Educators have the capability to work with children individually or in a group with similar abilities and understanding regardless of age