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Summer Camp

Summer Camp in Des Moines is taking a walk on the wild side!

Botanical Garden camps allow children to explore the natural world through the lens of their favorite activities. Using the gardens as unique classrooms, children are inspired to create and explore with hands-on activities.  Guest speakers from a wide range of expertise will participate. Camps run from 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

Prices

Full Week Camps:

Members $210, Nonmembers $250

Three Day Camps:

Members $125, Nonmembers $150

Full Week Camps

June 24-28: Budding Chefs

Children will not only have the chance to taste dishes they prepare, but also learn how correctly measure ingredients and follow a recipe. Little chefs will learn to connect the ingredients they use to where they come from during this exciting week of camp that celebrates the tastier side of plants! Note: another identical week of this camp is being offered Aug. 5-9.

Register for Budding Chefs

July 8-12: Garden Artists

The Botanical Garden’s plant collection and unique garden spaces serve as the perfect inspiration for young artists! Children will learn many fun ways to make art from nature including sun prints, painting, sculpture and flower arranging.

Register for Garden Artists

July 15-19: Magic in the Garden

Children will explore the magic of the garden using basic chemistry skills. Experiments with solids, liquids and gases to create potions and elixirs will make them feel like a real wizard. If you forget your magic wand, don’t worry…we will make one during this exciting week of camp.

Register for Magic in the Garden

July 22-26: Junior Botanists

Children take a closer look at what makes plants so unique, including performing a flower and seed dissection. From planting to science experiments to exploring ecosystems, this week will open up a whole new side of the garden.

Register for Junior Botanists

July 29- Aug. 2: Plants Unleashed!

NEW!  This camp will focus on investigating the most unusual, rare and exotic plant species while discovering why they have adapted to be so unique. From plants that eat insects to plants that smell like rotting flesh, we will explore all the mysterious plants that you just have to see to believe.

Register for Plants Unleashed

Aug. 5-9: Budding Chefs

Children will not only have the chance to taste dishes they prepare, but also learn how correctly measure ingredients and follow a recipe. Little chefs will learn to connect the ingredients they use to where they come from during this exciting week of camp that celebrates the tastier side of plants! Note: another identical week of this camp is being offered June 24-28.

Register for Budding Chefs

Three Day Camps

June 19-21: Jungle Safari

NEW!  Using our tropical conservatory as our classroom, this three-day camp will explore the fascinating plants and animals that lurk in the depths of tropical rainforests.

Register for Jungle Safari

July 1-3: Desert Dwellers

NEW!  Children will explore the vast array of plants and animals that have adapted to live in harsh conditions of the driest ecosystem on Earth.

Register for Desert Dwellers

Aug. 12-14: Garden Guests

NEW!  From tiny insects to flying birds to large mammals, this camp will investigate the many different animals that burrow under, live in and visit gardens.

Register for Garden Guests

Enroll your child based on what grade they will enter in fall of 2019; prices are listed per child per camp. Price includes a camp T-shirt, daily snack, supplies for all activities and multiple projects to take home and enjoy.

Registration opens Dec. 15, 2018 and closes 10 days prior to the start date.

Camper Information Form

Testimonials

Parents Tell us What They Love About Our Summer Camp

“I loved how excited my son was about everything he was doing. I think it was a really special week for him. From my perspective the hours were really nice because we live in West Des Moines, so getting him down there took a little time. When I came for drop-off and pick-up I thought the environment seemed really positive and supportive. The staff always seemed excited and pleasant, so I felt good leaving him there.”

“We felt like the kids actually learned something valuable; mixing it up with the plant information, arts and crafts as well as outdoor fun. From what we saw come home and from what the kids told us each day it couldn’t have been more positive.”

“I like that they were busy all day…[my daughter] was proud of what she did and…you create an environment where the child is empowered to make things at home and that’s awesome.”

“My experience of some camps at other institutions is chaotic, exhausting for the campers. Every time I encountered the campers and staff the environment was calm.”

“That my kids loved it! They were excited to go each day, which means a lot!”

“The staff seemed knowledgeable and the size of the camp/counselor ratio was comforting.”

“I liked that the enrollment was small and there weren’t lots of kids in other camps simultaneously. He’s done a couple of other camps…and sometimes there are just too many kids there for us.”

“Excellent small group sizes, activities and topics for learning. Staff was also wonderful. These were the best camps we went to this summer. Well done!!”