Summer Camps

Cleveland Botanical Garden Summer Camps 2020

Availability: 12 campers per camp

Discounts – Receive a $5 discount if purchasing more than one week of camp OR when registering more than one child for the same week of camp. Use promo code CAMP20 when registering online to receive your discount. Please note, members must call registrars to receive both their member and multiple camp discount. If you are registering for camps at both campuses, please call the registrars at 216.707.2841 or 440.602.3833 to receive this discount.

Building with Nature

Session I: June 1 – 5 , 9am – 3pm*
Grades: 1 – 2
Cost: $275/member; $300 nonmember
*Extended Day available 3pm – 5pm, $20/camper member or nonmember

Session II: July 27 – 31, 9am – 3pm*
Grades: 3 – 5
Cost: $300/member; $325/nonmember
*Extended Day available 3pm – 5pm, $20/camper member or nonmember

Inspired by our summer show Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty, we dive into nature’s engineering designs and feats and build fantastic creations of our own. Campers will design and build using natural materials and nature’s blueprints.

  • Explore the larger-than-life Stickwork original Botanical Garden installation and create your own Stickwork-inspired art
  • Meet our beekeeper and learn about the engineering inside human-made beehives (and bee-made ones)
  • Make your own pollinator hotel to take home
  • Discover the art of topiary gardens and help staff make a plant sculpture to display in Hershey Children’s Garden all summer long
  • Explore our garden treehouses and stream, while having fun building forts and dams

Stories, Seeds, Soil and Sun

Session I: June 2 – 5, 10:30am – Noon, Theme: Bugtastic
Grades: pre-K, ages 2 – 4
Cost: $60 per member child + 1 adult; $75 per nonmember child + 1 adult

Session II: June 9 – 12, 10:30am – Noon, Theme: Nature Art
Grades: pre-K, ages 2 – 4 
Cost: $60 per member child + 1 adult; $75 per nonmember child + 1 adult

A camp for our smallest campers, pre-camp is for preschool-aged children and a parent or caregiver. Have a positive first-camp-experience together. Enjoy fun stories, songs, a craft or guided hike and play in the Hershey Children’s Garden.

  • Guided nature-play like pond-dipping or sun prints
  • Garden together and bring potted seeds home
  • Daily Music and Moves

Garden to Fork

Session I: June 8 – 12, 9am – 3pm* 
Grades: 3 – 5
Cost: $300/member; $325 per nonmember
*Extended Day available 3pm – 5pm, $20/camper member and nonmember

Session II: July 20 – 24, 9am – 3pm*
Grades: 3 – 5
Cost: $300/member; $325 per nonmember
*Extended Day available 3pm – 5pm, $20/camper member and nonmember

Campers are guaranteed to get their hands dirty daily–both in the garden and the kitchen! We’ll explore the world of farm-to-table food and campers will learn how to plant, harvest and cook with local vegetables & herbs, understand the import role pollinators play in our food systems and sample local honey, learn how to compost, and bring home a week’s worth of recipes that we’ll make throughout the week. Come with an appetite to learn!

  • Make our own snacks daily from our gardens’ harvest
  • Join a professional chef to learn how to use garden-fresh ingredients to make a pizza and fire it in our very own outdoor pizza oven
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of glasshouses and animal care 
  • Try foods grown in Costa Rica and Madagascar Biomes (like cocoa and avocados)
  • Create personalized cookbook with favorite recipes from the week