At age 4 and 5 the world is full of possibilities. During these years, wonder and excitement is the driving force behind each day. The experiences we have during early childhood are what propel our desire to keep learning for the rest of our lives. Through songs, stories, and exploration, Alder Campers will create and play while learning to approach the world as a scientist.
Make new friends and explore the outdoors with UW Botanic Gardens! Our Fir Camp is designed to promote environmental conservation through education and recreation, while having a ton of fun. Camp activities focus on hands-on exploration, play, and experiential learning. Depending on the weekly theme, campers may become ethnobotanists, artists, urban farmers, or field biologists all while learning about the importance of teamwork and sustainability.
Cedar Campers are our oldest grade school summer campers. The Cedar Camp experience offers youth an opportunity to practice independence and take on more responsibility all while building connections to place and the natural world. Games, activities, explorations, and projects empower Cedar Campers to discover their inner naturalist and take advantage of all the Arboretum has to offer.
Hemlock camp is an exciting opportunity for curious 13 and 14 year olds who like asking questions, trying new things, problem solving, and working together. Through explorations of ourselves, our relationships to others, and our relationship to place, we will reflect on the intersection of community and environment. The Hemlock journey will allow campers to strike out as their own unit, not only to all corners of the Washington Park Arboretum, but also to other UW Botanic Garden locations such as the Union Bay Natural Area, the UW Farm, and the Seattle Japanese Garden. Let wonder and heart lead the way in this unique camp experience.