Summer Camps & Programs
Summer Camps & Programs

Summer Camps & Programs

Register now for our camp and program offerings! Kids will learn about gardening, nature and the arts here in our beautiful Maine gardens and forests.


iNature Photography Workshop (Age 10-13)

with Kimberly Post
Ages 10-13
Monday-Friday, June 25-29
9:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Discover the creative possibilities of “iPhoneography” as you advance your digital iPhone or iPad photography skills in this inspiring and engaging workshop. Join artist and instructor Kimberly Post on photographic explorations throughout the Gardens. As Kimberly teaches you the basic insights and hidden secrets of photographing nature, you’ll learn to capture the natural world in uniquely creative ways. This year, a special emphasis will be placed on capturing butterflies and caterpillars in our new butterfly exhibit—up-close and in motion. Back in the classroom, work with a variety of editing apps to enhance your photos, creating both moving and still images while building your own digital portfolio. We’ll end the week with a gallery-style exhibit. Please contact the Gardens if you wish to take the workshop but do not have an iOS device.


Nature Illustration Camp (Age 7-11)

with Hillary Parker
Ages 7-11
Monday-Friday, July 2-6, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Naturalist and internationally award-winning botanical watercolor artist Hillary Parker returns this summer to teach two new week-long, theme-based Nature Illustration Camps (see themes below). Participants will develop a strong foundation in observation, drawing, and painting skills while using pencil, pen and ink, colored pencil and watercolors. We’ll conclude each week with a gallery-style reception for family and friends. All art supplies are included with camp tuition.

Week 1 (Ages 7-11), July 2-6: LIFE OF A POND

Join us as we study and explore the life of a pond through the eyes of an artist. Close observation of pond life—such as frogs, turtles, dragonflies, various aquatic bugs and unique plant life—will result in a portfolio of drawings and paintings based on daily explorations and discoveries.  


Nature Illustration Camp (Age 9-12)

with Hillary Parker
Ages 9-12
Monday-Friday, July 9-13, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Naturalist and internationally award-winning botanical watercolor artist Hillary Parker returns this summer to teach two new week-long, theme-based Nature Illustration Camps (see themes below). Participants will develop a strong foundation in observation, drawing, and painting skills while using pencil, pen and ink, colored pencil and watercolors. We’ll conclude each week with a gallery-style reception for family and friends. All art supplies are included with camp tuition.

Week 2 (Ages 9-12), July 9-13: EDIBLE ART

Develop art and cooking skills—all while having fun working in the studio, out in the Gardens and in the kitchen. Students will harvest fruits and veggies, preparing recipes to sample each day as they compile and illustrate their own edible art cookbook. 


Nature Adventure Camp (Age 4-5)

with Karen Jones
Ages 4-5
Monday-Friday, July 16-20
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Our summer camps for nature adventurers provide fun and enriching opportunities for young people eager to learn about the natural world. Week-long, half-day sessions fully engage children in the outdoors while encouraging imagination and creativity through garden walks, stories, games, arts and crafts and nature-related projects. New, exploration-filled activities will take campers on adventures throughout the Gardens and surrounding forests. By the end of the week, these adventurers will be well on their way to becoming young naturalists!


Nature Adventure Camp (Age 6-8)

with Karen Jones
Ages 6-8
Monday-Friday, July 23-27
12:30 - 4 p.m.

Our summer camps for nature adventurers provide fun, enriching opportunities for young people eager to learn about the natural world. Week-long, half-day sessions fully engage children in the outdoors while encouraging imagination and creativity through garden walks, stories, games, arts and crafts and nature-related projects. New, exploration-filled activities will take campers on adventures throughout the Gardens and surrounding forests. By the end of the week, these adventurers will be well on their way to becoming young naturalists!


Garden Explorers Camp (Age 4-5)

with Karen Jones
Ages 4-5
Monday-Friday, July 30-August 3
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Budding gardeners will spend the week digging, planting, watering and harvesting as they learn how to care for our Learning Garden. We’ll investigate the inner workings of a garden from the ground up and get the real “dirt” on plants, lifecycles, composting, garden critters and more! Join us for a week filled with new observations, experiments, taste tests, games and take-home garden projects.