Summer Camp FAQs

Camp Hours

Monday – Friday, 9am – 3pm*
*Extended Day available at Botanical Garden from 3 – 5pm

What to Bring Daily

  • Lunch – No refrigeration provided. A snack is provided daily; please indicate any allergies in the medical inquiry section of the required camp forms.
  • Water bottle – we will provide water for refills.
  • A backpack with belongings.


Plan to get dirty! For protection during outdoor exploration, the following is recommended:

  • Shirts with sleeves
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Sunscreen – apply prior to arrival

Mark all belongings with your child’s name. Holden Forests & Gardens is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Daily Schedule

@Cleveland Botanical Garden

Camper Drop Off

  • 8:45 – 9am
  • Cleveland Botanical Garden – 11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland Ohio 44106  
  • Please drop campers off in the front circle (your GPS may take you to the side entrance, please continue to the main entrance on Wade Oval Dr.) 
  • The instructor will be waiting at the front entrance to check them in and escort them to the classroom.  
  • Do not park on the front circle. If you need to park your vehicle, please use the attached garage. Please be aware that parents are not permitted to visit the Garden when they drop the campers off in the morning. The Garden opens at 10 am if you are interested in visiting the grounds while your child is at camp. The Garden is closed to the public on Mondays. 
  • Children may be dropped off no sooner than 15 minutes prior to the start of the program. 
  • Children who are not checked in by 9:15 am will not be able to attend camp for the day. 

Camper Pick Up

  • 3 – 3:15pm
  • Cleveland Botanical Garden – 11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland Ohio 44106
  • Anyone picking up your child will need to present a photo ID (ex: driver’s license or state ID) for release of your child. For your child’s safety, we are not able to release your child unless proper identification is given daily. 
  • Anyone authorized to pick your child up from camp, including yourself, must be listed in the Authorized Pickup section of the Camper Contact Information Form.  
  • You are welcome to stay and visit the Garden after pickup. The garden is closed to the public on Mondays. 
  • Please do not pick your child up early without prior written notification. 

In the event of an emergency, please call the Garden Security Desk at 216.721.1600 ext. 222 and ask to be put in contact with Summer Camp. The security department will put you in touch with the education department to assist in locating your child.