Autumn Nature Camp
Autumn Nature Camp at the Arboretum!
Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday- November 25, 26, and 27
Ayres Hall Gate/Education House
Full Session (Monday-Wednesday): $255 members / $270 non-members
Single Day: $85 members / $90 non-members
*10% Sibling discount available!
This Thanksgiving week, the Arboretum is offering an exciting three-day Autumn Nature Camp (Monday-Wednesday). Campers will enjoy fall crafts, learn why leaves change as the weather cools, discover harvest traditions from around the world, investigate autumnal plants, create a themed side dish to bring home, and get outside to explore the Arboretum as birds fly south and stop by Baldwin lake. Late November is a beautiful time to be outside in Southern California, so come join us as we explore this magical season at the Arboretum!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUSTIONS:
What does a normal day of camp look like?
Arboretum Nature Camps combine guided, counselor-facilitated activities with free-choice group explorations of the gardens, allowing for both structured and unstructured fun. We provide engaging, hands-on, themed experiences aimed at inspiring wonder and appreciation for nature while also naturally encouraging social-emotional learning through peer interaction. Camper drop-off takes place between 8:45am and 9am, followed by 30 minutes of free-choice learning and play, after which we begin our counselor-facilitated activities. Outdoor explorations of the gardens come next, followed by lunch. We have our next round of counselor-facilitated activities after lunch, followed by outdoor explorations of the gardens, and we end with 30 minutes of free-choice learning and play, during which campers have time to experiment with the various items they created throughout the day. Camp activities include such things as STEAM projects, crafts, science experiments, storytelling, and more.
Do you offer a complimentary snack?
No, we do not offer snacks for campers because of the growing concern for food allergies.
We recommend packing a snack for your camper. We have a snack time at around 11am and 3:30pm.
Can we buy lunch?
Yes! You can purchase lunch from the Peacock Café. It is $5 per day. We MUST receive all lunch order forms by Friday, November 22nd.
What is the maximum number of campers per day at camp?
We can enroll up to 25 children in Autumn Nature Camp.
Do you allow 4 year olds at camp?
4 year olds may register for camp if they will by 5 by the time they attend.
Do you allow 12 year olds at camp?
Because our program is specifically designed for the ages and stages of 4 to 11 year olds, we do not allow children 12 and over to enroll in camp.
Do you offer refunds?
We will offer a refund two weeks before camp; however, there is a $25 processing fee. If it is less than two week before camp, there are no refunds offered.
Can I get the 10% sibling discount if I purchase camp for my children and my nieces and nephews?
The 10% discount would only be available to your children, not nieces, nephews or other children.
What if my membership expires before the week of camp my child is registered for?
So long as your membership is active at the time of purchase, you will receive the member discount.
Can I purchase camp for my grandchildren under my membership?
Yes! Camp membership discounts apply for grandchildren of those who hold a current membership.
Can I purchase camp for my friend’s children under my family membership?
Unfortunately, if you have a family membership, you will only get the membership discount for
What if my child is sick?
If your child is sick, please call in and we will give you a credit for the day or days of camp
your child misses. There are no monetary refunds.
Do you offer extended care hours?
We will not be offering extended care outside of the hours of 9am and 5pm.
Do you offer half day or hourly sessions?
We do not. Autumn Nature Camp is only available for full-day session.
Are children always under supervision?
Of course! Your child is always being supervised at Nature Camp, including during free-choice play and outdoor garden explorations.
Do you ever leave the Arboretum grounds?
No, we always stay within the Arboretum’s grounds.
Can my friend pick up my child from camp?
Yes, only if you have notified us beforehand. We must have this information prior to pick up.
We will not release your child to someone who is not on your alternate pickup list.
*For more information, please contact Brooke Applegate (email@example.com or 626.821.5897).