Camps

NATUREKIDS Summer Camp

Summer Camp is fun

Join us for another fun summer in the garden. With the central setting of WOW: A Children’s Adventure Garden, NatureKids camp offers countless opportunities to learn, play, and make new friends. With activities such as tram rides, nature hikes, and outdoor playtime the garden is the perfect setting for children to experience nature. So mark your calenders and sign up early for a summer of fun.

NatureKids Summer Camp is the place for outdoor exploration, friends and fun.  Discover the magic of the Garden through expeditions, games, stories, songs and crafts while developing a greater appreciation for the natural world.

Summer Camp Registrations can be made on line by following the links below.   To register by phone,  please call the Education Registrar (757)441-5830 x338, Monday-Friday,10AM-2PM.

Scholarship funds are available.  To inquire about camp scholarships, please contact Jen Erving (757)441-5830 x341.

SESAME SEEDS HALF-DAY CAMP: Cost/week: $110 ($100 for NBG Members), 9am-12noon (drop off as early as 8:45am), morning snack provided.

SPROUTS & NATURALISTS CAMPS: Cost/week: $210 ($190 for NBG Members),  9am-4pm (drop off as early as 8:45),  morning snack provided; campers must bring their own lunches.  Children must have completed Kindergarten or an equivalent full-day program.  *Multi Session Discount!  $800 for all four weeks ($750 for NBG Members)

ADVENTURERS CAMPS: Cost/week: $230 ($210 for NBG Members), 9am-4pm (drop off as early as 8:45), morning snack provided; campers must bring their own lunches.  *Full Camp Discount! Only $840 for all four sessions ($800 for NBG Members)

NEW! After Care: After care is available for full day campers from 4 PM  until 5:30 PM daily.  Campers who stay for aftercare will play games, read books and do crafts.  After-care pick-up location will be determined closer to the start of camp. Cost is $25/week/child for NBG Members and $30/week/child for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Call 441-5830 x338 to enroll your camper in after care today!

 Session 1 June 23-27: Registration is Closed

Sesame Seeds Camp Little Farmers: Ages 4-5  Plant seeds in our veggie plot, make a mini Old MacDonald’s Farm and play at the NatureKids County Fair.
Sprouts Camp
Creative Critters: Ages 5-7  Roots to Treetops.  Learn about the Garden from under the ground to the highest branches! Play bird bingo, find out what lives under a fallen log, make bird feeders and log everything in your nature journal.
Naturalist Camp 
Pirates and Platypuses: Ages 7-9  Discover the aquatic world and lands faraway. Learn how people and animals from all around the world use plants in their daily lives. Start your own Global Garden.
Adventurers Camp Nature Leaders in Training: Ages 10-12  Learn the ins & outs of being a nature leader! Play team-building games with co-leaders, shadow Educators as they teach the younger campers and compete in the Garden Survivor Challenge!

 Session 2 July 7-11: Registration is Closed

Sesame Seeds Camp Birds and Butterflies: Ages 4-5  The theme this week is all things winged! Play bird bingo and spend time in the Mission Monarch Migration Station. Register Now
Sprouts Camp
Super Science: Gooey & Green Ages 5-7  Mix nature concoctions, construct a volcano, create artwork using natural items and reused materials while discovering how plants and animals work together in the Garden.
Naturalist Camp 
Super Science: Experiments in Nature Ages 7-9  Use the scientific method to learn about natural phenomenon (weather, volcanoes & water cycle) and how plants grow. Make a terrarium, recycled paper and plant dyes.
Adventurers Camp Garden Artists: Ages 9-12  Paint, draw & sculpt like other famous artists who used gardens as inspiration. Make a garden stone, plant a container garden and create a frame using natural materials.

 Session 3 July 14-18: Registration is Closed

Sesame Seeds Camp Lily pads & Toadstools: Ages 4-5  Go on nature adventures based on your favorite storybooks.
Sprouts Camp
Storybook Forest: Ages 5-7  From Wonderlands to Dr. Seuss.  Explore the Garden through the pages of your favorite stories. Go on a fairytale scavenger hunt, play mini-croquet, paint roses and learn about plants & conservation in the worlds of Dr. Seuss.
Naturalist Camp 
Adventureland:  Ages 7-10   From Harry Potter to the Wizard of Oz.  For three days, go to Hogwarts and compete in the House Cup. Attend magical creatures, potions, herbology classes and play Quidditch.  Then, head to Oz and other faraway lands to explore how nature plays a role in some of your favorite stories.
Adventurers Camp Garden to Table:  Ages 10-12  What’s Cookin’?  Learn the basics of botany and how to start and grow your own vegetable plot. Head into the kitchen with a Chef to create salads and master kitchen basics.

 Session 4 July 28-August 1: Registration is Closed

Sesame Seeds Camp Critters & Crayons Ages 4-5  Make animal art and learn about the animals that live in the Garden. SOLD OUT
Sprouts Camp
Jr. Nature Sleuths Ages 5-7  Use your detective skills to solve a Garden mystery! Make a detective kit, study animal tracks, habitats, seeds and more! SOLD OUT
Naturalist Camp 
Sr. Nature Sleuths Ages 7-9  Use your detective skills to solve a Garden mystery! Make a detective kit, study animal tracks, habitats, seeds and more! SOLD OUT
Adventurers Camp Garden to Table:  Ages 10-12   Global Chefs.  Learn how to cook foods from around the world and how to grow the ingredients. Sample spices and study our Passport Gardens. SOLD OUT