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Camp Guide / 2017

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
8525 Garland Road
Dallas, TX 75218
Phone: 214/515-6540    Fax: 214/515-6578

Locations: Dallas
Length: Full Day, Half Day
Activities: Join us for new summer camps or return for all-time favorites that provide children with hands-on explorations in nature, science and art that will spark their imagination and inspire environmental stewardship. Experienced teachers will guide campers through indoor and outdoor activities, games and adventures. Registration opens March 1st Find your place in nature! Little Critters (3 year old) Campers will have fun exploring a new animal each day, discovering where they live, learning what they eat and investigating their life cycle. Children must be fully potty-trained. June 6, 7, 8 9-12 pm Creature Feature (ages 4 – entering Kindergarten) Go wild about animals this summer! Last year’s popular camp returns with ALL NEW garden critters! Each day campers will explore the fascinating world of the animals that call the Arboretum home. Investigate where animals live, how they survive and what makes them unique. Nature safaris in the garden reveal the secrets of squirrels, lizards, turtles and more. June 5-9; July 24-28; July 31- August 4; August 7-11 9-12 pm Storybook Science (ages 4 – entering Kindergarten) Storybooks come to life in this exciting new camp that explores the hidden science behind the tale. Campers will build a house that will stand up to the big bad wolf, save a forest like the Lorax, investigate optical illusions and more! June 19-23; July 17-21; July 31-August 4 9-12 pm Storybook Science (entering 1st & 2nd grades) June 12-16; July 24-28; August 7-11 9-2 pm Wild about Art & Nature (ages 4 – entering Kindergarten) Explore the animals, plants and art that make countries around the world unique in this new camp. Students will explore nature found across the continents, including plants at the Arboretum. ZimSculpt artists visiting from Zimbabwe demonstrate their secrets in making nature-inspired art. Expect for your camper to bring home their own artistic creations. June 12-16; July 10-14 9-12 pm July 6th - 7th 2 day camp 9-12pm Wild about Art & Nature (entering 1st & 2nd grades) June 26-30; July 17-21 9-2 pm July 6th – 7th 2 day camp 9-2 pm Feathers, Fins & Furs (entering 1st & 2nd grades) In this all new camp, children will study the fascinating characteristics of birds, fish and mammals from all over the world. Investigate how fish float, explore how polar bears survive in frigid water and get a up-close look at what an owl ate for dinner! July 10-14; July 31-August 4 9-2 pm Arboretum Explorers at Lewisville ISD Outdoor Learning Area (entering 3rd & 4th grades) Come and explore the great outdoors in this new camp in the Lewisville area! Campers will discover the wonders of nature among the 8 miles of hiking trails, investigate fossils, create their own nature art and hone their citizen science skills. This camp is held at the LISDOLA every day. June 26-30 8-2 pm Farm to Fork Market Camp (entering 3rd & 4th grades) Campers will visit local farms, explore the gardens of the Arboretum and sample produce in this TASTY new camp. All transportation is included and trips will begin and end at the Arboretum. June 12-16; June 19-23 9-3 pm Adventure Camp (entering 5th-7th grades) In this specially designed outdoorsy camp for adventurous kids, campers will work in teams to navigate the Arboretum, hike a local nature preserve, and fish and kayak on White Rock Lake. While exploring nature, campers will learn about the environment and science. June 26-30; July 10-14 9-3 pm SciQuest (entering 5th-7th grade) STEM comes alive through 3D printing and VR technology in this all new camp! Campers will try on the hats of different types of scientists each day, participating in subject-specific investigations and experiments. Discover the wonders of astronomy when you investigate our solar system and create your own solar eclipse viewers with a 3D printer. Then experience space travel with virtual reality goggles provided by University of North Texas & NASA. The rest of the week is packed with fun investigation that explore engineering, geology, meteorology and biology. July 10-14 9-3 pm
Ages: 1 to 13 years of age
Gender: Coed
Special Needs: Yes

We cultivate a connection to nature and inspire environmental stewardship through garden-based experiences.


We offer summer camps, half day and full day options, from June 5 to August 11. Camps feature indoor and outdoor activities in 66 acres of gardens including The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden.


The Dallas Arboretum Summer Camps welcomes children from all backgrounds and all abilities. The Dallas Arboretum gardens are wheel chair accessible.

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