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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aug. 5-9: Budding Chefs (FULL)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.