Children's Garden & Education
Green Adventure Summer Camps
Calendar of Events
Join us for Green Adventures, our week-long day camp programs for children ages 4 - 11. Campers explore the Garden to find out about the plant kingdom and their connection to it. Enjoy keepsake crafts, field studies, garden games, and botanical snacks.
All camps are Monday - Friday; 9 am - 12pm; $160 non-member / $120 member
Click on the camp title to register online or call (804) 262-9887 x322 to register by phone.
Camps for 4 – 5 year-olds
NEW! Growing Mr. McGregor’s Garden | June 15 – 19 & July 13 – 17
Help solve the garden mystery: Who is eating Mr. McGregor’s vegetables? Along the way campers will harvest and nibble from the garden, plant a rainbow of vegetable seeds, build a scarecrow to protect small sprouts, and wiggle their fingers in the soil to find wonderful worms that keep the garden growing.
Over the River and through the Woods | June 29 – July 3 & August 3 – 7
Go on a Garden adventure! As we explore off-the-beaten paths, we’ll hop boulders across creeks, search for treasures in the woods, dissect plants that eat insects, and use all five senses to make exciting new discoveries.
Camps for 6 – 8 year-olds
Prowl around the gardens, forests, and ponds searching for whispering beetles, stinky bugs and other strange micro-beasts. Discover that many are talented architects that build tunnels, traps, and intricate homes. Figure out how to fashion your own structures, bug-style, that provide shelter on rainy summer nights for monarch butterflies; assemble tubular nests for gentle mason bees, and design a winter den for a family of ladybugs.
Let’s head for the woods to hunt for tracks of nocturnal predators, dig up aromatic roots to brew into a delicious drink, and build a ferny-fort to hide away from the summer heat. We’ll hone our stalking skills along the creekbank, seek out herbs that can be used for healing, and follow a series of hidden clues around the gardens to solve some of Nature’s most amazing mysteries!
Calling all Eco-Artists! Join us for a Nature-inspired week as we build and decorate twig castles, weave with cattails and harvest seeds to play an ancient board game. We'll also twist corn husks into toy people, create beautiful leaf mandalas, and string an amazing bracelet using beads you pick from the garden. You’ll plant and bring home your own starter garden to grow your own year-round natural art projects.
Camps for 9 – 11 year-olds
Venture out to the Botanical Garden’s wilder places to meet some of our secret employees: goats, honey bees and chickens, to discover how they contribute to a productive Community Kitchen Garden. Gain animal husbandry skills as you help feed and care for the animals, collect colorful eggs, then join our beekeeper to harvest your own jar of honey. Using fresh ingredients from the garden, we'll make herb dip, goat cheese, pesto, veggie chips and more!
Create a feast from plant to pizza! Grind wheat to knead into dough, turn milk into cheese, pick heirloom tomatoes to make the sauce, stir in flavorful Italian herbs, then bake using the power of the sun in a solar oven. You’ll also make your own pickles, plant a mini-mushroom farm to bring home, harvest and brew your own tea sweetened with honey you collect from the hive!