What is your cancellation policy?

For cancellation at least thirty days prior to camp, a full refund minus a non-refundable deposit of $40 per cancelled camp program will be provided and $10 per cancelled aftercare program. For cancellation between 14 and 29 days prior to camp, a 50% refund of all fees will be provided. For cancellation less than two weeks prior to camp, or non-completion of camp, no refund will be provided.

I signed my child up with a sibling/friend, will they be in the same group at camp?

Maybe. During registration, you can request they be together and we will do our best to place them in the same group. There is no guarantee that we can honor every request. If the children are more than a year apart, they most likely will be in separate groups that are appropriate for their respective physical and developmental abilities. We also separate our younger campers (1st-3rd grade) and older campers (4th-6th grade).

All grade school groups start the day together and often play large group games together. So even if your child and their sibling/friend are not in the same group, they will have a chance to socialize and support each other.

Pre-K campers and grade school campers cannot be placed in the same group. Pre-K campers can request to be with other Pre-K campers.

What time and where is morning drop off?

8:45-9:00am at the Greenhouse

What time is pick up?

Pre-K Camp pick up is at 1pm. Grade School Camp pick up is at 3pm. Aftercare pick up is anytime before 5pm.

Do you have aftercare for before camp?


Do you have aftercare for preschool camp?


I’m picking up my child for aftercare, where will they be?

Aftercare will post on the Greenhouse door where they are playing and relaxing. If you ever have any questions about where they are please call the coordinator phone. The number is also posted on the Greenhouse door.

What do I do if my child needs to be picked up early?

The best was to pick up your child before 3pm is to arrange it with the coordinator in the morning. If you need to pick up your child unexpectedly the best thing to do is call the camp coordinator. The coordinator will locate your child’s group and try to meet you at the Greenhouse as soon as possible.

What do we do if we come late to camp?

If the coordinator is not in the Greenhouse when you arrive please call them and they can help you connect your child with their group. If you know you are going to be late (doctor’s appt., etc.), it’s best to let the coordinator know beforehand.

What age and grades does your camp serve?

Our pre-K camps are for 4 and 5 year olds. Our grade school camps are for children that will be entering 1st-6th grade in the fall.

Is your camp nut-free?

No. We take food allergies very seriously but are not a nut free camp. We never allow food sharing and carry wipes for those who do choose to bring nut foods for snack/lunch.

My child has an epi-pen/inhaler/medication, what do we need to know/do?

Please be sure to share this information in the medical form (if possible prior to your child’s first week of camp). On your first day of camp please speak with the coordinator and your child’s Garden Guide about your child’s needs. All staff are certified in First Aid and trained in how to administer epi-pens and inhalers.

My child has medical needs that require immediate access to a bathroom, is this possible at your camp?

No. We do have access to bathrooms and camp-only port-o-potty facilities throughout the park but many times our camp groups are not in immediate proximity to a bathroom. Our groups make regular bathroom breaks available but if your child has special bathroom needs we may not be the best fit.

Does camp have potable water available?

Yes. We do have a potable drinking water sink in the Greenhouse available for campers to fill up their water bottle throughout the day but there are not drinking fountains in the park.

Does camp provide sunscreen?

Yes. We have sunscreen that we encourage campers to apply throughout the day. We ask that campers come in the morning with sunscreen already applied. Campers are welcome to carry their own sunscreen. If you would prefer your child not use camp-supplied sunscreen please let us know in the medical form.

Are scholarships available? 

Yes. Limited financial assistance is available on a first come, first serve basis to those who qualify.  For more information, or to apply, please call the registrar at 206-685-8033.

Do employees or students of the University of Washington receive a discount rate?

Yes. A 15% discount is available to current UW employees and Arboretum Foundation members by phone. Please have your AF member number ready.

Is Summer Camp the same as Fiddleheads Forest School?

No. Fiddleheads Forest School is another youth education program run by the UW Botanic Gardens.

Can my child sign themselves out after camp and walk home?

No. Regardless of where you live, we cannot allow your child to sign themselves out at the end of camp.

What age does my child need to be to volunteer as a Junior Guide?


Will my child be with the same Garden Guide (teacher) every week?

Not necessarily.  For grade school camp we rotate Garden Guides through age groups to give campers who return for additional weeks a fresh experience.

For Pre-K we try to place campers with familiar teachers for the comfort of the child.

Should I send my child to all 10 weeks of Summer Camp?

While campers have had a successful summer spending 10 weeks with us, our curriculum repeats themes after the first five weeks. Depending on your child, the familiarity and repetition can be a negative or a positive.

Where am I supposed to park?

Parking at the Washington Park Arboretum can be difficult, especially during the summer months. The nearest parking to the Summer Camp check-in station is at the Graham Visitors Center. If these lots are full, parking can be found in lots along Foster Island Drive.

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