Cape Fear Botanical Garden


Nature Nuts

Summer Camp At The Garden
Uncover the wonders of the natural world through exploration, games, and crafts in the Botanical Garden!
These programs are brought to us by a Summertime Kids grant of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.

Please register for camps on our calendar of events.

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Registration is now open and is due on the Monday before the start of each session. Child must be the minimum listed age as of the first date of the camp session – no exceptions. Full payment is due at the time of registration. Each camp has at least two dedicated Garden staff. 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 15 children per camp.
All summer camp attendees will be provided snacks and a water bottle. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Maximum of 20 campers. 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. All camps include a snack provided by the Garden. Campers for Summer Naturalist and Day Camps should bring a packed lunch. Reusable water bottles and backpacks will be provided for week long camps.  

Nature Nuts: Amazing Animals Ages 5-8 

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June 1st-5th 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Fees: $65 for Garden Members and $80 for Non-Members

Learn about amazing animals with fun hands-on activities, science experiments, crafts, games, and outdoor explorations. We’ll investigate a new group of animals each day with activities like pond dipping, creating a frog puppet, building a bird house, and touching a real snake. 

Nature Nuts: Outdoor Adventures Ages 8-12 

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June 8th-12th 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Fees: $65 for Garden Members and $80 for Non-Members

Each day we’ll explore a new area of the Garden on an outdoor adventure. Campers will develop naturalist skills, learn the leave no trace principles, practice using a compass, learn to tie knots, build outdoor shelters, and end the week with s’mores around the campfire! 

Nature Nuts: Around the World Ages 5-8 

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July 6th-10th 8:30 am-12:30pm

Fees: $65 for Garden Members and $80 for Non-Members

We’ll “visit” a new country each day to learn about plants, animals, and cultures across the world. Create Japanese rock gardens, Native American totem poles, and Mexican bark paintings, while listening to stories from around the world, tasting global snacks, playing traditional folk games, and developing a new appreciation for the many ways different cultures relate to the natural world.

Nature Nuts: Naturally Creative Ages 6-10 

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July 27th-31st from 8:30am – 12:30 pm

Fees: $65 for Garden Members and $80 for Non-Members

Nature is the ultimate artistic inspiration! Enjoy five days of nature art including projects inspired by famous artists like Andy Goldsworthy, Nils-Udo, and Lorenzo M. Duran. We’ll also explore the use of recycled and natural materials and artistic styles from around the world. Each camper will create a week long nature journal as well as new daily creations. 

Day Camps

The Garden hosts one day camps for ages 5-12 on teacher workdays, holidays, and school breaks. These shorter camps explore unique nature themes for fun-filled educational experiences. See our upcoming camps below:

Summer Splash Ages 5-10

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July 2nd 9am – 3 pm

Fees: $20 for Garden Members and $30 for Non-Members

This one day camp is all about getting wet and having fun! We’ll play water games, use nets to look for animals in the pond, and enjoy some super wet science.

Remarkable Reptiles Ages 5-10

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July 21st 9am – 3pm

Fees: $20 for Garden Members and $30 for Non-Members

Come learn about the amazing abilities of reptiles! Campers will meet live reptiles, search the garden for critters, and enjoy reptile themed crafts, games, and activities.

Dino Discovery Ages 4-8

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August 12th 9am – 3pm

Fees: $20 for Garden Members and $30 for Non-Members

Can your child never get enough dinosaurs? This one day camp is all about fossils, dinos, and prehistoric fun! Camp activities will include planting a dinosaur fern garden, creating your own fossil, and more!

Insect Investigations Ages 5-10

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August 18th 9am – 3pm

Fees: $20 for Garden Members and $30 for Non-Members

This one day camp is all about beautiful butterflies, buzzing bees, crawly beetles, and all the strange, wonderful insects at the Garden. We’ll catch butterflies, play with worms, create insect jars to take home, and more! Campers will learn what makes an animal an insect, how insects grow up, and the many reasons insects are so important!

Life on the Farm Ages 5-10

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August 19th  9 am – 3 pm

Fees: $20 for Garden Members and $30 for Non-Members

Learn about life on a historical farm in NC. Campers will tour the Heritage Farm Buildings, make their own butter, play traditional games, and learn how our food grows!

Winter Camps at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Pre-registration required. Register online at
All Day Camps are $20 for members and $30 for non-members.
Campers should come prepared to go outside everyday!

Day Camp: Winter Wildlife Exploration (Ages 5-10)
January 6th 9 am – 3 pm

Day Camp: Rocks and Fossils (Ages 7-12)
January 7th 9am – 3pm

3-Day Preschool Camp: Nature Stories (Ages 4-5)
$60 for members and $75 for non-members
January 14th- 16th 9am – 12pm

Day Camp: STEM at the Garden (Ages 5-10)
January 20th 9am -3pm

Day Camp: Edible Nature Science (Ages 5-10)
February 17th 9am -3pm

Day Camp: Woodland Winter Fantasy (Ages 7-12)
February 18th 9am – 3pm