• 20160823_111842WHO:  Children entering 1st-6th grades in the fall (ages 6-12)
  • WHAT:  Environmental Education Summer Day Camp
  • WHEN: Mon – Fri; 9am – 3pm; Beforecare and Aftercare available 7:30-9am and 3-5pm
  • WHERE: Washington Park Arboretum; pick-up & drop-off at the Education Greenhouse near the Graham Visitors Center
  • COST: $305/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 “Arboretum Foundation or UW Employee Discount” price on the registration page. Anyone can become an Arboretum Foundation member!

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.

2019 Grade School Summer Camp Weeks and Themes

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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!

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!

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.


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.

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.

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.


2019 Grade School Camp Weekly Schedule

Week 1st-3rd Grades 4th-6th Grades
June 24-28 Nature Science Nuts Camp Survival
July 1-3 (No camp July 4-5) Wings and Things Sky High
July 8-12 Arboretum Wild On the Wild Side!
July 15-19 Nature Science Nuts Camp Survival
July 22-26 Wings and Things Sky High
July 29-August 2 Arboretum Wild On the Wild Side!
August 5-9 Nature Science Nuts Camp Survival
August 12-16 Wings and Things Sky High
August 19-22 Arboretum Wild NO CAMP
August 26-30 Nature Science Nuts NO CAMP


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