Summer Camps
Summer Camps

Summer Camps

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


iNature Photography Workshop

with Kimberly Post
Ages 10-13
Tuesday-Friday, July 5-8, 2016
9:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Calling all young photographers! Advance your digital photography skills using your iPhone or iPad in this exciting and engaging workshop. Join artist and instructor Kimberly Post on photographic explorations through the gardens and surrounding forests as you learn to capture nature in creative and unique ways. Back in the classroom, work with a variety of editing apps to enhance your photos. Each day ends with a group critique as you build your own photography portfolio. You will also journey back to the roots of modern photography by creating a pinhole camera and developing images in a darkroom. Please contact the Gardens if you do not have an iOS device, but are interested in taking this workshop.


Nature Illustration Camp

with Hillary Parker
Ages 7-11
Monday-Friday, July 11-15, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Does your child love to draw and have an appreciation for all things natural? Join us for this hands-on, skill building camp with naturalist and international award-winning botanical watercolor artist, Hillary Parker. Setting out daily to sketch and paint on location throughout the Gardens, students will become “botanical art explorers” as they spend the week discovering and illustrating some of the more ‘Weird, Wild and Wonderful’ plants that are part of this year’s theme at the Gardens: “Rare and Extraordinary Plants.” From carnivorous wonders to tropical oddities, students will enjoy creating their own ‘florilegium,’ a visual record of the week’s discoveries. All art supplies are included with this camp.


Nature Adventure Camp (4-5)

with Karen Jones
Ages 4-5
Monday-Friday, July 18-22, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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


Nature Adventure Camp (6-8)

with Karen Jones
Ages 6-8
Monday-Friday, July 25-29, 2016
12:30-4 p.m.

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


Garden Explorers Camp (4-5)

with Karen Jones
Ages 4-5
Monday-Friday, August 1-5, 2016
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, life cycles, composting, garden critters and more! Join us for a week filled with new observations, experiments, taste tests, games and take-home garden projects.


Garden Explorers Camp (6-8)

with Karen Jones
Ages 6-8
Monday-Friday, August 8-12, 2016
12:30-4 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, life cycles, composting, garden critters and more! Join us for a week filled with new observations, experiments, taste tests, games and take-home garden projects.