• 20160823_111842WHO:  Children entering 1st-6th grade (ages 6-12) Max. 48 campers per week
  • WHAT:  Environmental Education Summer Day Camp
  • WHEN: Mon – Fri; 9am – 3pm; Aftercare available 3pm-5pm for an extra fee
  • WHERE: Washington Park Arboretum; pick-up & drop-off at the Education Greenhouse
  • COST: $280 per week (except Week 2, July 3-7, $224). Before Care, 7:30-9am: $60/week After Care, 3-5pm: $80/week

UW Employee and Arboretum Foundation Discount: 15% discount available to current UW employees and Arboretum Foundation members (please have your Arboretum Foundation member number or UW NetID ready). We cannot accommodate retroactive discounts. Choose the “UW Employee and Arboretum Foundation Discount” price on the drop down menu on the registration page.

Financial Assistance: Limited financial assistance is available on a first come, first serve basis to those who qualify.  For more information, or to apply, please call or email the registrar at 206-685-8033 or uwbgeduc@uw.edu.

2018 Summer Camp Weeks and Themes

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Registration Opens February 1st!



Arboretum Wild!

Nature is full of mystery just waiting to be explored. Join us for this fun and exciting week of camp and bring along all of your powers of observation: your eyes to see with, your ears to hear with, your nose to smell with, your hands to touch with, and your mouth to taste with. If you like exploring the back yard, poking at animal scat or peering through binoculars and magnifiers, you will love this week. Each day will be dedicated to learning about and looking for a different types of life: plants, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and more!
Week 1: June 25-29 & Week 6: July 30 – August 3

Bugging Out!

Turn over logs, flip over rocks, dig in the mulch, investigate the compost pile, run through the meadow with nets and dip nets into the ponds – this is a short list of some of the ways we’ll look for the diversity of insects and bugs living at the Arboretum. We will build our very own insects, explore bug habitats and learn about the wealth of ways insects and bugs are beneficial to our lives.
Week 2: July 2-6 (no camp July 4) & Week 7: August 6-10

Nature Science Nuts

We are all scientists! From the day we are born, we are observing the world around us, asking questions about what we see or hear or feel or taste, and testing our theories… Let’s hone our natural science abilities to dig deeper into the natural world around us. Each day we will conduct investigations and experiments that will blow our minds!
Week 3: July 9-13 & Week 8: August 13-17

Splish Splash

Seattle dries out in the summer time, but all plants and animals (including us) need water to survive – some more than others. During this week of camp we’ll explore our ponds, streams and wetlands in search of animals that make their homes here: tadpoles & whirligigs for sure, fish, waterfowl, beavers, birds of prey, turtles and more!
Week 4: July 16-20 & Week 9: August 20-24

Wings and Things

Hawks, owls, waterfowl, song birds and woodpeckers live in and frequently visit the Arboretum, but who and what else flies through this magical space? We will explore flight as birds, bats, insects, and even seeds through games, exploratory play, and experiments.
Week 5: July 23-27 & Week 10: August 27–31




On the Wild Side!

Discoveries are made by those who seek them out. New species of plants and animals are still being discovered today, even in the Washington Park Arboretum. During this week-long explorations, we will learn skills and techniques used by explorers and scientists as we comb our 230 acre outdoor classroom for any and all signs of life. Daily nature expeditions will provide ample opportunities for us to adventure through all the nooks and crannies of the Arboretum as well as gain a sense of place in a fun, hands-on way.
Week 1: June 25-29 & Week 6: July 30 – August 3

Art in the Park

Tap into our right brains during this week of camp and use your creative spirit to experience nature through various artistic mediums. What do giant sequoias look like in clay or rhododendrons in watercolors? How can we make our vegetable garden a source of both nourishment and story or song? How can our observations of wildlife inspire creative movement and theatrics? Our wetlands, forests, meadows, ponds and trails abound with natural beauty. Campers will play, discover and inquire at the intersection of creativity and nature.
Week 2: July 2-6 (no camp July 4) & Week 7: August 6-10

Camp Survival

The earth provides everything we need to survive! This week at camp, we will hone our senses to understand what’s happening in the world around us. We’ll gather materials and learn how to make the most effective survival shelters. We’ll find water and food when there are no grocery stores or restaurants to be seen! We’ll navigate this world without the help of smart phones or electronic navigation devices! Get to know nature in a new way as we learn how to survive in the outdoors.
Week 3: July 9-13 & Week 8: August 13-17

Water Wizards

Get down and dirty to explore the wet and wild spaces of the Washington Park Arboretum. Learn how wetlands, creeks, and ponds work and why they are so important as you build boats, conduct science experiments (related to water, of course), play water games, and observe the wildlife that depends on this precious natural resource. Become a water expert today and splash your way into this week of camp!
Week 4: July 16-20 & Week 9: August 20-24

Sky High

This week isn’t just all about birds and binos– it’s also about winged mammals, bugs, seeds and the medium in which they operate: the air around us! Let’s learn the physics of flight and use our new knowledge to test out kites and other winged creations. Hone your senses and tune your ears to decipher the code of bird language. Let’s quiet ourselves and practice echo-location like a bat. Creations, experimentation, and games will fill this week of camp.
Week 5: July 23-27 & Week 10: August 27–31

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