Summer Camps
learning-familieschildren
learning-familieschildren
kids-classes2-slider
kids-classes2-slider
learning-familieschildren
learning-familieschildren
Fairy Fridays
Fairy Fridays
Fairy Fridays
Fairy Fridays
diggers-slider
diggers-slider
Learning - For Families & Children
Learning - For Families & Children
Learning - For Families & Children
Learning - For Families & Children
learning-familieschildren
learning-familieschildren
kids-classes2-slider
kids-classes2-slider
learning-familieschildren
learning-familieschildren
Fairy Fridays
Fairy Fridays
Fairy Fridays
Fairy Fridays
diggers-slider
diggers-slider
Learning - For Families & Children
Learning - For Families & Children
Learning - For Families & Children
Learning - For Families & Children
Summer Camps

Summer Camps

Register now for our 2015 Camp Offerings!


Nature Illustration Camp for Ages 7-11 with Hillary Parker July 6-10, 2015 9:30 AM-3:30 PM

Does your child love to draw and have an appreciation for all things natural? Join us for our week-long Nature Illustration Camp with naturalist and international award-winning botanical watercolor artist Hillary Parker, who will be returning again this summer to share her knowledge, enthusiasm, and passion for art and nature with young artists. 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 learning more about this year’s theme at the Gardens, “The Myth, Magic and Medicine of Plants.” By investigating the links between people and plants, students will gain a better understanding of their own connection to nature while having fun creating pictographs, painting with plant dyes, following the transformation from plant to product, sampling an edible spectrum, and sketching and illustrating art journals of their discoveries throughout the week. On the last day of camp, family and friends will be invited to a fun and engaging artist reception where our young artists will share their journals and present their experiences as naturalists, botanists and artists!  All art supplies needed for this camp will be supplied.

To learn more about Hillary Parker and to view her portfolio, visit: hillaryparkerwatercolors.com



'Drawn to Nature' Art Workshop for Ages 12 & Up with Hillary Parker July 13-17,2015 9:30AM-12:30PM

Join naturalist and international award winning botanical watercolor artist Hillary Parker for a comprehensive week of fine art fun! Inspired by famous Maine artists and our beautiful gardens, students will enjoy developing a strong foundation of observation, drawing and painting skills while creating a portfolio of landscapes, botanical studies, and natural science illustrations of birds, other animals and insects. We will be responding artistically to nature while working "en plein air" throughout the Gardens as well as in the studio experimenting and refining techniques using a variety of mediums including graphite, colored pencil, pen & ink, and watercolors. All art supplies are included with this workshop.

To learn more about Hillary Parker and to view her portfolio, visit: hillaryparkerwatercolors.com


'Drawn to Nature' Art Workshop for Ages 7-11 with Hillary Parker July 13-17, 2015 1:30-4:30 PM

Join naturalist and international award winning botanical watercolor artist Hillary Parker for a comprehensive week of fine art fun! Inspired by famous Maine artists and our beautiful gardens, students will enjoy developing a strong foundation of observation, drawing and painting skills while creating a portfolio of landscapes, botanical studies, and natural science illustrations of birds, other animals and insects. We will be responding artistically to nature while working "en plein air" throughout the Gardens as well as in the studio experimenting and refining techniques using a variety of mediums including graphite, colored pencil, pen & ink, and watercolors. All art supplies are included with this workshop.

To learn more about Hillary Parker and to view her portfolio, visit: hillaryparkerwatercolors.com


Nature Adventure Camp for Ages 4-5 with Karen Jones Monday-Friday, July 20-24, 2015 9:30 AM-1 PM

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!

Karen Jones is the Camp Coordinator for the Gardens. Karen brings with her over ten years of teaching experience working with children of all ages, especially pre-kindergarten. She holds a bachelor's degree in Math/Science with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and a master's degree in Leadership and Policy in Early Childhood Education, both from Wheelock College.


Nature Adventure Camp for Ages 6-8 with Karen Jones Monday-Friday, July 27-31, 2015 12:30-4 PM

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 for Ages 4-5 with Karen Jones Monday-Friday, August 3-7, 2015 9:30 AM-1 PM

Budding gardeners will spend the week digging, planting, watering and harvesting, as they learn how to care for our Learning Garden and greenhouse. 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.  In celebration of this year’s theme at the Gardens, this camp will include activities that explore the myth, magic and medicine of plants. 


Garden Explorers Camp for Ages 6-8 with Karen Jones Monday-Friday, August 10-14, 2015 12:30-4 PM

Budding gardeners will spend the week digging, planting, watering and harvesting, as they learn how to care for our Learning Garden and greenhouse. 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.  In celebration of this year’s theme at the Gardens, this camp will include activities that explore the myth, magic and medicine of plants.