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Youth Camps


Our camp programs are designed to immerse children in nature and foster their connection to the natural world. Through hands-on, engaging STEM activities, our certified instructors guide campers through an exploration of the natural world and the role we all play in our own environment. Campers participate in a variety of outdoor projects and play activities that inspire curiosity, creativity, and exploration.

Registration is now open for 2021 Spring Break Camps and Summer Camps! Learn more about all of our camp options below. For more information about youth camps, contact us at education@hsvbg.org or 256-830-4447 ext. 253.

Camp Information

Prior to registration, please review our Camp Procedures and Parent Checklist below.


Spring Break Camp

Green Thumbs Spring Break Camp

March 15 – 19, 2021 & March 29 – April 2, 2021
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For ages 5-13 (Grades K-6)

Come explore the world of plants! In this hands-on camp, we will dig deep into soil, plants, habitats, and ecosystems. Led by our certified science instructors, campers will conduct experiments, explore the Garden’s 112 acres, and even take home their own plants to grow. Join us to discover the wonder of the natural world, all while having fun and making memories outdoors.

This camp will take place outdoors (weather permitting). Campers can come for the full week or select individual days to attend.

Pricing

Garden Member: $250/week or $50/day
Non-member: $400/week or $80/day

Interested in becoming a Garden member? Click here!

Extended Care is available in the morning and/or afternoon for an additional fee. Morning Extended Care hours are 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Afternoon Extended Care hours are 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Extended Care: $50/week or $10/day

Registration

March 15 – 19, 2021

Please note that full-week registration is no longer available for March 15 – 19. Individual days are available as listed below.

Register for Monday, March 15 – FULL
Register for Tuesday, March 16 – FULL
Register for Wednesday, March 17 – FULL
Register for Thursday, March 18
– FULL
Register for Friday, March 19

Register for Morning Extended Care
Register for Afternoon Extended Care

March 29 – April 2, 2021

Please note that full-week registration is no longer available for March 29 – April 2. Individual days are available as listed below.

Register for Monday, March 29
Register for Tuesday, March 30
– FULL
Register for Wednesday, March 31
Register for Thursday, April 1
Register for Friday, April 2

Register for Morning Extended Care
Register for Afternoon Extended Care


Summer Camps

In 2021, we are offering 13 different summer camps in June and July, with options available for ages 5-13 (grades K-6). Scroll down to browse all of our summer camp programs, or click the button below to view a summary of dates, times, grade levels, and themes.

Note that some camps are offered on multiple dates, but grade levels may vary. Please select your registration link carefully.

Extended Care is available in the morning and/or afternoon for an additional fee. Morning Extended Care hours are 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Afternoon Extended Care hours are 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Additional information and registration for Extended Care can be found at the bottom of this page.

Questions? Contact us at education@hsvbg.org or 256-830-4447 ext. 253.


Outdoor Adventures

May 31 – June 4, June 21 – 25, July 26 – 30
Grades K-6

Let’s go on an adventure! In this camp, campers will embark on outdoor adventures that include experiments, nature walks, scavenger hunts, nature play, and more. Groups will be determined by grade level to allow for age-appropriate hands-on activities. Every week of Outdoor Adventures is different, so campers can join us again and again!

Pricing
Members: $250
Non-Members: $400

May 31 – June 4, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Grades K-6
Register for Kindergarten
Register for Grades 1-2
Register for Grades 3-4
Register for Grades 5-6

June 21 – 25, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Grades 1-6
Register for Grades 1-2
Register for Grades 3-4
Register for Grades 5-6

July 26 – 30, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Grades K-6
Register for Kindergarten
Register for Grades 1-2
Register for Grades 3-4
Register for Grades 5-6


Gardening for Kids

June 7 – 11, June 28 – July 2
Grades K-6

In this interactive camp, campers will explore the ins and outs of gardening. Hands-on experiments with soil, plants, and water will reveal how plants grow and how we as gardeners can help them grow even better! Campers will get their hands dirty working with Garden staff, and by the end of the week, they will know all of the basics they need to start a garden of their own at home.

Half-Day Pricing
Members: $175
Non-Members: $280

Full-Day Pricing
Members: $250
Non-Members: $400

June 7 – 11, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Half-day camp)
Entering Kindergarten
Register for Kindergarten

June 28 – July 2, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Grades K-6
Register for Kindergarten
Register for Grades 1-2
Register for Grades 3-4
Register for Grades 5-6


Magic Tree House

June 7 – 11
Grades K-2

Come explore the world of trees in this week of magical discovery! This camp focuses on how trees grow, what they do for the environment, and what they give us every day. Campers will uncover the magic of the forest through experiments, projects, and hands-on discovery.

Pricing
Members: $175
Non-Members: $280

June 7 – 11, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Half-day camp)
Grades K-2
Register for Kindergarten
Register for Grades 1-2


Garden Detectives

June 7 – 11
Grades 1-2

It’s time to put on our detective hats, pull out our magnifying glasses, and solve some of nature’s mysteries! How does dirt become soil? What makes plants green? Why do plants grow roots? The natural world is filled with mysteries to solve. Campers will discover the answers to how nature works through STEM activities such as experiments, outdoor exploration, and self-discovery in the Garden.

Pricing
Members: $250
Non-Members: $400

June 7 – 11, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Grades 1-2
Register for Grades 1-2


Nature’s Engineers

June 7 – 11, July 19 – 23
Grades 3-4

Organisms in nature are amazing engineers! In this STEM camp, campers will discover the engineering marvels of spider webs, plant structures, bird nests, and more. They will even get the chance to recreate these natural structures to see if they can do as well as plants and animals!

Pricing
Members: $250
Non-Members: $400

June 7 – 11, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Grades 3-4
Register for Grades 3-4

July 19 – 23, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Grades 3-4
Register for Grades 3-4


Nature’s Mysteries

June 7 – 11, July 19 – 23
Grades 5-6

The world is filled with mysteries to solve, and the most fascinating mysteries of all come from nature. Campers will discover the inner workings of the natural world by solving the mystery of how things work. Through experiments and hands-on STEM activities, they will explore patterns in nature, the parts of plants, how plants grow, and more.

Pricing
Members: $250
Non-Members: $400

June 7 – 11, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Grades 5-6
Register for Grades 5-6

July 19 – 23, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Grades 5-6
Register for Grades 5-6


Plant Explorers

June 14 – 18, July 12 – 16
Grades K-2

Campers will discover the wild world of plants in this weeklong Garden expedition. They will learn about how plants grow, how they can change, and where they come from. Each day, we will explore unique plants out in the Garden, including species that campers can grow in their own backyards. 

Pricing
Members: $250
Non-Members: $400

June 14 – 18, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Grades K-2
Register for Kindergarten
Register for Grades 1-2

July 12 – 16, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Grades 1-2
Register for Grades 1-2


Be a Plant Scientist!

June 14 – 18, July 12 – 16
Grades 3-4

Let’s dive into STEM to become plant scientists! In this camp, we will examine the tiniest details of plants using microscopes and learn what makes them so incredible and essential to our world. Through various experiments and hands-on activities, campers will become true plant scientists in no time.

Pricing
Members: $250
Non-Members: $400

June 14 – 18, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Grades 3-4
Register for Grades 3-4

July 12 – 16, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Grades 3-4
Register for Grades 3-4


Garden STEM Challenge

June 14 – 18, July 12 – 16
Grades 5-6

Who doesn’t love a challenge? This camp is all about STEM as campers complete a variety of garden-based engineering challenges. Inspired by the natural world around them, they will design, test, and improve engineering creations that mimic the functions found in nature.

Pricing
Members: $250
Non-Members: $400

June 14 – 18, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Grades 5-6                      
Register for Grades 5-6

July 12 – 16, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Grades 5-6                      
Register for Grades 5-6


Fairies in the Forest

June 21 – 25
Grades K-2

Magic and wonder awaits campers as we journey into the forest! Imaginations will run wild as campers build fairy houses, discover amazing plants, and learn about other mystical creatures that call the forest their home. At the end of the week, all campers will even have the chance to dress up like forest fairies themselves!

Pricing
Members: $175
Non-Members: $280

June 21 – 25, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Half-day camp)
Grades K-2
Register for Kindergarten
Register for Grades 1-2


Nature’s Superheroes

July 12 – 16
Grades K-2

Did you know that plants and animals have their own superpowers?! In this half-day camp, campers will discover the secret identities of some of the coolest superheroes in nature. Through exploration and experimentation, campers will learn the secrets of plant and animal adaptations, how habitats define an organism’s super abilities, and more. We will even try to recreate some of these superpowers ourselves!

Pricing
Members: $175
Non-Members: $280

July 12 – 16, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Half-day camp)
Grades K-2
Register for Kindergarten
Register for Grades 1-2


Bugs: Heroes and Villains

July 19 – 23
Grades K-2

We all know the story of hero versus villain. But did you know there’s a battle every day between bugs and plants, too? Campers will learn which ones are the heroes and which are the villains through hands-on exploration and discovery. They will even learn how we can help defeat the bug villains and join the hero force.

Pricing
Members: $250
Non-Members: $400

July 19 – 23, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Grades K-2
Register for Kindergarten
Register for Grades 1-2


Extended Care

Extended Care is available in the morning and/or afternoon for an additional fee per week. Morning Extended Care hours are 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Afternoon Extended Care hours are 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration for Extended Care must be completed in advance. No payments or registrations for Extended Care will be accepted at the Garden.

Pricing
Morning (7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.): $50/week
Afternoon (4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.): $50/week

May 31 – June 4
Register for Morning
Register for Afternoon

June 7 – 11
Register for Morning
Register for Afternoon

June 14 – 18
Register for Morning
Register for Afternoon

June 21 – 25
Register for Morning
Register for Afternoon

June 28July 2
Register for Morning
Register for Afternoon

July 12 – 16
Register for Morning
Register for Afternoon

July 19 – 23
Register for Morning
Register for Afternoon

July 26 – 30
Register for Morning
Register for Afternoon


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