“We appreciated the high quality level of science education curriculum offered all week long. Our daughter felt at home all week in an all outdoor camp. The groups were small and this allowed for a lot of one on one learning.”
“My daughter really enjoyed the Friends in the Forest Summer Camp last year. She loves being outside and the setting of the camp was perfect.”
“My child enjoyed making friends and the fun activities…. Every day he had something new to share! The instructors combine science and art in fun and engaging ways.”
Science, art, games, and friends abound in our week-long outdoor day camps. We will explore the world around us, feeding our curiosity, fueling our imagination, and fostering an appreciation for nature. Each of our camps is capped at 12 kids, making it a uniquely individualized camp experience.
Discounts: Early Bird Discount for registering by March 1st (automatically applied) OR 15% off for current Garden members (email firstname.lastname@example.org for discount code). The greater discount will be applied.
FRIENDS IN THE FOREST | July 8-12
Do you rely on your pals to get by? So do many other forms of life! Join us during “Friends in the Forest” to learn about the plants and animals that call the forest home and how they rely on each other for survival. Grades 1-3. Register here
BACKYARD BOTANY | July 15-19
What makes a plant prosper? Join us during “Backyard Botany” for hands-on investigation and discovery of some mysteries of nature! Budding biologists will explore how plants and other living things thrive in various habitats, including right in our own backyards. Grades 4-6. Register here
GARDEN GUMSHOES | July 22-26
Get ready, detectives! Join us for “Garden Gumshoes” to investigate and explore the natural world, hunting down answers to life’s questions, big and small. Grades 1-3. Register here
Drop in anytime between 10 am and 1 pm with your young children every Friday in the summer (June – August). Enjoy a garden exploration activity and a craft focused on a different nature theme each week. We ask that children be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the visit, as this is not a drop-off program. Thank you!
$10 per family, free for KBGF members. Best suited for ages 3-7, but others are welcome.
June 7: Fantastic Flowers
June 14: Beautiful Butterflies
June 21: Brilliant Birds
June 28: Powerful Pollinators
July 5: Leaf Shape
July 12: Plucky Pods
FIELD TRIPS: PRESCHOOL – 2ND GRADE
We offer a variety of seasonally appropriate field trips for preschool, kindergarten, and 1st grade groups. Field trips last 60-90 minutes and include an introduction, a garden exploration and a related craft project. Cost is $10/child. Email email@example.com to schedule your visit.
You are welcome to visit the garden for free, self-guided tours during regular hours of operation. Space is first-come, first-served and parking is limited. We appreciate prior notice for groups of 10 or more.
AVAILABLE FIELD TRIP THEMES
The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden has a naturalistic design, which feels more like taking a walk through the woods than what many expect of a botanic garden. It is a wonderful place to teach children about the different vegetation layers of a forest. Participants will explore the Garden and make their own miniature forest out of twigs, leaves, and other natural materials found on the ground. Seasonal Availability: Year Round
The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden is a feast for the senses! It is a perfect place for young children to learn how to use those senses to explore the natural world. Our sensory walk will take participants through the garden and then everyone will make their own custom scented sachet out of aromatic plants from the garden. Seasonal Availability: Year Round
With an extensive collection of Maples and other fall foliage plants, the Kruckeberg Garden is alive with color in the fall. Why do some leaves change color in the fall? Learn why leaves are green and why some change color and fall off in the fall. Participants will explore the Garden looking for changing leaves and then make their own colorful leaves to bring home. Seasonal Availability: Autumn
SIGNS OF SPRING
The days might still be gray and rainy, but the signs of spring are all around us, if we know how to look for them. Come to the Kruckeberg Garden to watch the natural world start to wake from a long, sleepy winter. Participants will look for early signs of spring, make a newspaper pot, and plant a seed to bring home. Seasonal Availability: Spring
The Kruckeberg Garden sports an amazing array of different types, sizes, and colors of flowers. Learn about the parts of a flower and its purpose as you explore the Garden on a flower treasure hunt. Participants will then make a colorful flower of their own to bring home. Seasonal Availability: Spring & Summer