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Summer Camp 2020

For ages 4 to 12
June 1 – September 4, 2020
Children are taught in classes by age: (4, 5 – 6, 7 – 8, and 9 – 12)

Register your kids for our fun-filled week-long camps that explore the natural world through active, hands-on indoor and outdoor adventures at this 155-acre nature sanctuary.

Virtual Summer Camp has been such a hit that the Arboretum has decided to offer virtual Camp for the remainder of the summer! 

For the safety of our campers, camp families, volunteers, contract workers, and staff, we have decided to cancel in-person Summer Camp for the remainder of the summer. For more information, please read the full letter from our Executive Director.

Pricing

Virtual Camp

$125 Members / $150 Non-members

What can you expect from virtual Summer Camp?

  • Pre-recorded video lessons from Arboretum Naturalists
  • Hands-on crafts and experiments, materials provided*
  • Daily live Zoom classes with an Arboretum Naturalist at 10 am each day**
  • Fun, family-friendly outdoor activities
  • Mindfulness moments to encourage reflection on each day’s theme
  • A supplemental list of videos and reading recommendations to build on your child’s interest

* Some activities require parental involvement. Materials may be shipped to you for an additional $20 flat rate. Please email Tiffany Ritter to request a shipment.
** Classes will be recorded so that participants can re-watch them or view them at a later time.

Family Tree membership level and above required for member discount.

Registration Notes: Houston Arboretum Camps are fundamentally educational in nature and curriculum-based. Campers must be registered according to the age they will be at the time of the camp. 4-year-old campers must be at least 4 years old to participate. The Houston Arboretum reserves the right to transfer (if possible) a camper to the appropriate class according to age. Parents will be notified.

Be sure to double-check your cart at checkout for wait listed camps before processing! Once the registration is paid it is considered final.

Summer Camp 2020

Spiders & Arachnids – VIRTUAL
Dates: June 1 – 5
Registration closes Friday, May 29 at noon
What do the Green Lynx, Brown Recluse, Golden Orb and Black Widow have in common? They’re all spiders! Spiders can climb the tallest buildings and creep through the tiniest of cracks. Their silk is stronger than the strongest steel or any other man-made fiber. No wonder they are heroes of lore and literature from mythology to the movies. Join us for a week of exploring spiders through stories, hands-on crafts, games, and field investigations.

Survivor – VIRTUAL
Dates: June 8 – 12
Registration closes Friday, June 5 at noon
Come and experience the skills that animals, plants, and people need to survive. We will learn how to build a basic shelter, use echolocation to find food, and find out how to navigate with a compass. Enthusiastic instructors will ensure that everyone succeeds in our Arboretum tribes.

WOW! The Wonders of Water – VIRTUAL
Dates: June 15 – 19
Registration closes Friday, June 12 at noon
Explore the wonderful world of water! Water is practically everywhere on Earth, from inside the planet’s rocky crust to inside the cells of the human body. Water cycles, a wetland safari, water creatures, and water labs will make this week a splash!

Creative by Nature – VIRTUAL
Dates: June 22 – 26
Registration closes Friday, June 19 at noon
Explore the connections between art and nature as we use the world around us as creative inspiration. Go for hikes to study Arboretum organisms, and then see how nature will inspire our works of art! Explore the use of natural materials to create projects like hiking sticks, mud paintings, and flower presses.

Eat or be Eaten – VIRTUAL
Dates: June 29 – July 3
Registration closes Friday, June 26 at noon
Please note – this camp session is NOT prorated for the 4th of July holiday.

Why does a cat stalk its prey? Why are some grasshoppers shaped like a leaf? Life on our planet is a never-ending struggle between predators and prey. Come and find out how creatures great and small use smarts, speed, strength, special senses, coloration, and weapons to survive.

Spiders & Arachnids
Dates: July 6 – 10 – VIRTUAL
Registration closes Friday, July 3 at noon
What do the Green Lynx, Brown Recluse, Golden Orb and Black Widow have in common? They’re all spiders! Spiders can climb the tallest buildings and creep through the tiniest of cracks. Their silk is stronger than the strongest steel or any other man-made fiber. No wonder they are heroes of lore and literature from mythology to the movies. Join us for a week of exploring spiders through stories, hands-on crafts, games, and field investigations.

Survivor
Dates: July 13 – 17 – VIRTUAL
Registration closes Friday, July 10 at noon
Come and experience the skills that animals, plants, and people need to survive. We will learn how to build a basic shelter, use echolocation to find food, and find out how to navigate with a compass. Enthusiastic instructors will ensure that everyone succeeds in our Arboretum tribes.

WOW! The Wonders of Water – VIRTUAL
Dates: July 20 – 24
Registration closes Friday, July 17 at noon
Explore the wonderful world of water! Water is practically everywhere on Earth, from inside the planet’s rocky crust to inside the cells of the human body. Water cycles, a wetland safari, water creatures, and water labs will make this week a splash!

Creative by Nature – VIRTUAL
Dates: July 27 – 31
Registration closes Friday, July 24 at noon
Explore the connections between art and nature as we use the world around us as creative inspiration. Go for hikes to study Arboretum organisms, and then see how nature will inspire our works of art! Explore the use of natural materials to create projects like hiking sticks, mud paintings, and flower presses.

Eat or be Eaten – VIRTUAL
Dates: August 3 – 7
Registration closes Friday, July 31 at noon
Why does a cat stalk its prey? Why are some grasshoppers shaped like a leaf? Life on our planet is a never-ending struggle between predators and prey. Come and find out how creatures great and small use smarts, speed, strength, special senses, coloration, and weapons to survive.

Spiders & Arachnids – VIRTUAL
August 10 – 14
Registration closes Friday, August 7 at noon
What do the Green Lynx, Brown Recluse, Golden Orb and Black Widow have in common? They’re all spiders! Spiders can climb the tallest buildings and creep through the tiniest of cracks. Their silk is stronger than the strongest steel or any other man-made fiber. No wonder they are heroes of lore and literature from mythology to the movies. Join us for a week of exploring spiders through stories, hands-on crafts, games, and field investigations.

Survivor – VIRTUAL
August 17 – 21
Registration closes Friday, August 14 at noon
Come and experience the skills that animals, plants, and people need to survive. We will learn how to build a basic shelter, use echolocation to find food, and find out how to navigate with a compass. Enthusiastic instructors will ensure that everyone succeeds in our Arboretum tribes.

WOW! The Wonders of Water – VIRTUAL
August 24 – 28
Registration closes Friday, August 21 at noon
Explore the wonderful world of water! Water is practically everywhere on Earth, from inside the planet’s rocky crust to inside the cells of the human body. Water cycles, a wetland safari, water creatures, and water labs will make this week a splash!

Creative by Nature – VIRTUAL
August 31 – September 4
Registration closes Friday, August 28 at noon
Explore the connections between art and nature as we use the world around us as creative inspiration. Go for hikes to study Arboretum organisms, and then see how nature will inspire our works of art! Explore the use of natural materials to create projects like hiking sticks, mud paintings, and flower presses.

Registration for this week’s camp is closed. Thank you to everyone for your support this summer!