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    Embark on a new adventure at Arboretum Summer Nature Camp!  Designed to provide children with exciting hands-on experiences, our summer camp features a different theme each week that is sure to inspire children from all walks of life. By integrating playful exploration of our gardens with nature-themed science and art activities, Arboretum Nature Camp unlocks entirely new avenues for children to learn and explore at their own pace while fostering meaningful relationships with peers. From science experiments and cooking adventures to cultural discoveries and insect explorations, Arboretum Nature Camp offers something for everyone. One of the most affordable camps in the area, Arboretum Nature Camp helps to foster a connection with nature through unforgettable, joyful experiences. Come explore with us! For more information, contact Brooke Applegate at or (626) 821-5897.

    COST: Members- $400; Non-Members: $430

    AGE REQUIREMENTS: Campers must fall between the ages of 5 and 10.

    SCHEDULE:  Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm

    COHORTS: Our summer camp program consists of two different cohorts of 12 children max. Siblings are ensured to be in the same cohort. While we take requests into consideration when assigning cohorts, we cannot guarantee friends will be grouped together.

    COVID-19 PROTOCOL: Arboretum Nature Camp follows strict COVID-19 safety protocol.  All campers and camp families are required to adhere to this protocol. Please review these requirements HERE before registering.

    *Please check back daily for any new openings. Spaces are released if/when families cancel, and will be available for registration on the website on a first-come, first-serve basis.




    Week 1- UNEARTHED:  June 7 – 11 

    What mysteries lie beneath the surface of the earth? In this camp, we will explore the worlds of geology, paleontology, and archaeology, and discover what treasures and knowledge the earth provides if we just dig a little deeper.


    Week 2- NATURE LORE:  June 14 – June 18

    Why is bamboo considered lucky? Why are butterflies seen as magical? Why are oak trees viewed as sacred? In this camp, we will explore the symbolism of these and more nature lore, and learn about the legends that inspire these beliefs.


    Week 3- BIO BLUEPRINTS:  June 21 – June 25

    What do Velcro, airplanes, and swim suits have in common?  They are all examples of biomimicry!  In this camp, we will explore the amazing ways in which nature has inspired world-changing inventions, and do a little bioengineering of our own.


    Week 4- GARDEN CHEFS:  June 28 – July 2

    Calling all little chefs! It’s time to cook up a feast using the bounty of the earth. In this camp, we will create delicious culinary masterpieces while learning about fruits, vegetables, spices, and more earthen treats! (*Includes a $40 materials fee)                   


    Week 5- NATURE BUILDERS:  July 12 – July 16

    Let’s build! In this camp, we will explore the architecture of nature and learn about the critters that design them, from beaver dams and bird nests to habitats made of mud and poop! We will also build some masterpieces of our own.


    Week 6- BUDDING ARTISTS:  July 19 – July 23  

    Let your inner artist bloom!  With the beautiful gardens as our inspiration, we will create daily masterpieces using natural materials and explore different mediums of art, from pottery and painting to flower crowns and living jewelry.


    Week 7- WATER WONDERS:  July 26 – July 30

    Let’s get wet! In this camp, we will explore the wonderful world of water, from microscopic pond life and weird deep sea facts to conservation techniques and wacky science experiments.


    Week 8- CAMPER CURATED:  August 2 – August 6

    For the first time ever, we are offering a camp personally curated by Arboretum campers. From making our own botanic “spa products” to learning wilderness survival skills, we will explore fun with hodgepodge of activities and lessons specifically requested by previous Arboretum campers.


    *CAMP REFUND POLICY: Participant cancellations made up to two weeks in advance of session start dates will qualify for a full refund. Cancellations made less than two weeks in advance will only qualify for a refund if the space can be filled by someone on the wait list. The Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation reserves the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the class non-viable. If the Arboretum cancels a class, registrants will be offered a full refund. In the event any weeks are required to close due to public health concerns or mandates, refunds will be provided for the canceled dates.



    Arboretum Nature Kids is a school-year enrichment program designed to provide children with joyful experiences in nature, exciting hands-on activities, and meaningful peer interactions, all in a safe setting.  By integrating playful exploration of our gardens with nature-themed science and art activities, Arboretum Nature Kids unlocks entirely new avenues for children to learn and explore at their own pace while fostering socialization and healthy child development. 



    The Arboretum offers Nature Camp in Summer, Spring, and Fall. Nature, teamwork, exploration and imagination are just a few things children enjoy at Arboretum Nature Camp. All activities are led by instructors and guided by counselors. So bring your child for some fun and learning at the Spring Nature Camp, Summer Nature Camp, and Autumn Nature Camp.

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    © 2019 Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens

    Phone: 626.821.3222

    301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA, 91007

    Site Design by Kirk Projects