Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Cape Fear Botanical Garden Camps

EDUCATION MASK REQUIREMENTS

New policy in effect on March 1, 2022:

Cape Fear Botanical Garden continues to closely monitor mask policies from federal, county, and state health officials. In accordance with Cumberland County Schools, masks are strongly encouraged, but not required during Cape Fear Botanical Garden educational programs for children. Thank you for supporting the Garden during this challenging time.

Summer Camp At The Garden

Uncover the wonders of the natural world through outdoor exploration, art projects, science experiments, and learning games. This year’s summer camps include a mix of one-day and weeklong camps, as well as a 3-day camp just for our oldest campers (ages 11-15). All our camps instill a love for nature and focus on hands-on, fun, and outdoor learning activities. Early bird registration for members starts February 15th. March 15th registration will open to the public.

Children must be the minimum listed age as of the first date of the camp session – age exemptions with staff approval are sometimes made within one year of the age range. Full payment is due at the time of registration. Membership discount applies at Household Membership level, to include children. Camps will be canceled no later than one full week out if a minimum of six children is not met. Participants wishing to withdraw from a camp that has not been canceled by the Garden must provide a written request one week before the start of camp. No fees will be refunded if registration is canceled after the week prior deadline. Maximum 12 children per camp. All camp dates are contingent on the school schedule for the Cumberland County Public Schools.

Register early – spaces fill fast.

What to Bring?

All camps will go outside every day, weather allowing. Please send children dressed for the weather, with sunscreen and bug spray pre-applied and close-toed shoes (no flip-flops or sandals please). All camps include a snack provided by the Garden. Campers for the Day Camps should bring a packed lunch. Reusable water bottles and backpacks will be provided at the beginning of weeklong camps. Day Campers should bring their own water bottle.

THANK YOU!
These programs are brought to us by a Summertime Kids grant of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.

Please register for camps on our website calendar of events page or in our Gift Shop.


This Years Camps!

Scholarships may be available. Please email bgoldentyer@capefearbg.org or call 910-486-0221 x 43 for more information. Early bird members-only registration until March 15th. Don’t Forget to Check out our Camp T-Shirt Deals when you register.

(FULL) Day Camp: Reptiles Rule Session A Ages 5-8 May 31st 9am – 3pm

Come learn about snakes, lizards, and turtles in this one-day camp. We’ll meet several live animals, look for reptiles out in the Garden, make reptile crafts, look at real snakeskin, turtle shells, and more!

(FULL) Day Camp: Reptiles Rule Session B Ages 5-8 June 1st 9am – 3pm

Come learn about snakes, lizards, and turtles in this one-day camp. We’ll meet several live animals, look for reptiles out in the Garden, make reptile crafts, look at real snakeskin, turtle shells, and more!

Day Camp: Science Adventures Ages 11-14 June 2nd 9am – 3pm

This one day camp features experiments and engaging science projects for our oldest campers. Extract strawberry DNA, build squishy circuits, create bubbles from dry ice, and more!

Preregister here! Fees: $20 for Garden Members and $30 for Non-Members

(FULL) Mysteries and Mazes Ages 8-12 8:30 am – 12:30 pm June 27th-July 1st

Does your child love mysteries, mazes, puzzles, brainteasers, or illusions? In this camp, we’ll explore nature and science through mind-bending mysteries and perplexing puzzles. Build a maze for a tiny robot, solve riddles to find the treasure hidden in the Garden, create a spinning optical illusion, and learn about the real unsolved mysteries of science.

Day Camp: Living Engineering Ages 8-12 July 22nd 9am – 3pm

Tour the amazing new Garden Gone Wild Exhibit featuring living topiary structures in the shape of animals including an elephant, a giraffe, gorillas, and more. We’ll learn about the incredible engineering that goes into these massive structures. Campers will also create their own topiary craft, build hanging moss art, and enjoy several short engineering challenges.

Preregister here! Fees: $20 for Garden Members and $30 for Non-Members

Day Camp: Green Ideas Ages 11-14 July 8th 9am – 3pm

Explore the amazing scientific innovation that’s saving the planet in this one day camp that’s all about new, creative ways to make our world “green.” Design a city to protect clean water, explore renewable energy, invent a way to clean up oil spills, and more!

Preregister here! Fees: $20 for Garden Members and $30 for Non-Members

(FULL) Summer Naturalist Ages 11-15 July 19th-21st 9am – 3pm

This three-day camp is designed for our oldest campers with a combination of new activities and our best camp classics like pond dipping, tie-dye, a photo scavenger hunt, and a campfire. This year’s new highlights include 3D model frog dissections, geocaching, and a DIY flower press.

Kids Gone Wild Ages 8-12 July 25th-29th 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Each day we’ll enjoy new outdoor adventures including touring the Garden Gone Wild exhibit, pond dipping, hiking, and a campfire. Campers will learn nature exploration skills like identifying animal tracks, using a compass and the leave no trace principles.

Preregister here! Fees: $65 for Garden Members and $80 for Non-Members

(FULL) Naturally Creative Ages 6-10 August 1st-5th 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

This week is all about nature art! We’ll create a new project each day including a nature journal, a succulent dish garden, a topiary craft, a rainstick instrument, and a piece of pottery. Well also explore art outdoors in the Garden and have fun experimenting with the many forms of nature art.

(FULL) Day Camp: Beat the Heat Session B Ages 4-7 August 17th 9am – 3pm

Escape the summer heat with a day of water themed fun, including pond dipping, a sprinkler obstacle course, and water balloon toss games. We’ll enjoy getting wet, while learning the science of water including which objects sink and float and an introduction to the water cycle.

Day Camp: Crazy, Weird Plants Session A Ages 5-8 August 19th 9am – 3pm

Did you know there’s a plant that can eat insects? And a tree that can walk? In this camp, we’ll learn about crazy, weird plants with science experiments, garden explorations, and a chance to take home a crazy, weird plant of our very own.

Note: There are two identical sessions of this camp to accommodate more campers.

Preregister here! Fees: $20 for Garden Members and $30 for Non-Members

Day Camp: Outer Space Session A Ages 8-12 August 23rd 9am – 3pm

This one-day camp is all about outer space! We’ll build our own model solar system, go on a walk through the galaxy, create constellations, and blast off a rocket of our own.

Note: There are two identical sessions of this camp to accommodate more campers.

Preregister here! Fees: $20 for Garden Members and $30 for Non-Members

Day Camp: Crazy, Weird Plants Session B Ages 5-8 August 24th 9am – 3pm

Did you know there’s a plant that can eat insects? And a tree that can walk? In this camp, we’ll learn about crazy, weird plants with science experiments, garden explorations, and a chance to take home a crazy, weird plant of our very own.

Note: There are two identical sessions of this camp to accommodate more campers.

Preregister here! Fees: $20 for Garden Members and $30 for Non-Members

Day Camp: Outer Space Session B Ages 8-12 August 25th 9am – 3pm

This one-day camp is all about outer space! We’ll build our own model solar system, go on a walk through the galaxy, create constellations, and blast off a rocket of our own.

Note: There are two identical sessions of this camp to accommodate more campers.

Preregister here! Fees: $20 for Garden Members and $30 for Non-Members

***These educational opportunities were made possible through the generosity of the Summertime Kids Grant and Cumberland Community Foundation.

Photo taken from previous summer camp

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