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The Arboretum is a great place for children to discover nature in a variety of habitats, including wetlands, forests, cultivated gardens, and meadows. Our Summer Outdoor Adventure Programs explore not only plants but also birds and other animals. Children embark on a different adventure each week, where they learn about natural habitats, make crafts, play games, and enjoy a snack.

  • Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Monday through Friday, except the week of July 4th (there will be no camp that week.)

Summer Camps:

  • Dig It! Gardening Camp (June 9-13)

  • Wildlife Watchers (June 16-20)

  • Buggy Explorations (June 23-27)

  • Eco Kids (July 7-11)

  • Arboretum Artists (July 14-18)

  • Junior Naturalists (July 21-24)


Dig It! (June 9-13)

Can you dig it? We can! Find out what it takes to grow a high desert garden that you can eat. Learn how to take soil samples, examine soil profiles, explore planting techniques and gain watering wisdom.  Participate in the ancient tradition of grinding your own flour by using historical and modern techniques.

Wildlife Watchers (June 16-20)

Explore the world of Northern Arizona wildlife. Learn how to track animals, go on nature hikes with real life wildlife biologists, navigate field guides, and discover the animals around us as we explore the forests and fields. Campers will enjoy hands-on discovery, games, art projects, nature hikes, and a trip to Bearizona.

Buggy Explorations (June 23-27)

Bugs are everywhere! Come learn about these 6-legged wonders this summer. Are a bug and an insect the same thing? Why are insects important? Campers will discover these answers through live capture, observation, photography, and participating in real science projects. Guest speakers will present hands-on demonstrations where campers will catch Monarch Butterflies, and learn how scientists detect insects in the forest.

Eco Kids (July 7-11)

Learn how to be an Eco Kid! Campers will learn about natural resource conservation, sustainable living, organic gardening, and the three "R's" (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). Activities include making nature journals, going on nature hikes, paper making, working in the garden, crafting recycled art out of everyday objects, and a trip to the Materials Recycling Facility.

Arboretum Artists (July 14-18)

Investigate and observe the natural world through a combined lens of art and science. Learn how to use a variety of media to interpret, communicate and enjoy the wonders of the natural world.

Junior Naturalists (July 21-24)

Learn the skills it takes to be a naturalist while exploring The Arboretum grounds. Campers will learn how to keep their own nature journal, will have the chance to practice keen observation skills to find animal habitats and tracks, and enjoy presentations by local naturalists. Willow Bend will be collaborating on this camp.


Sign-up your child for two or more camps and get 10% off the second camp!



  • All camps cost $195 for members/$225 for non-members, except Wildlife Watchers (June 16-20) $205 members/$235 non-members, which has an extra cost for a field trip to Bearizona on 6/18.



Multi-day camps for elementary school kids at The Arboretum