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.

Summer Camps:

  • Dig It! Gardening Camp

  • Wildlife Watchers

  • Buggy Explorations

  • Eco Kids

  • Arboretum Artists

  • Junior Naturalists


Dig It! Gardening Camp

Come play in the dirt! Find out what it takes to grow a garden in Flagstaff that you can eat. In this camp you will explore planting techniques, gain watering wisdom, learn how to play in and examine soil, and make a worm bin. Help us start seeds, make them grow and save others for another year of planting!

Wildlife Watchers

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

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

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

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

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,



Multi-day camps for elementary school kids at The Arboretum