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Explorers

PHOTO: Explorers

Entering Grades 3 – 4
Ages
8 – 9

Explorer camps offer kids summer science, nature, cooking, and art programs.  Camp activities invite kids to investigate science and nature with hands-on, inquiry-based activities.

Alfresco Art
Campers will become artistically inspired by the Garden and will try their hand at botanical illustration, sculpture, printmaking, and painting. We’ll explore new techniques each day of this outdoor art program.
June 26 – 30, 12:30 – 3 p.m., OR
July 31 – August 4, 9:30 a.m. – noon

camera Craft
Campers will learn the elements of composition and framing snapshots, and practice shooting photos around the Garden. They’ll create a pinhole camera and rediscover the magic of nineteenth-century photography.
July 10 – 14, 9:30 a.m. – noon, OR
July 31 – August 4, 12:30 – 3 p.m.

new! Engineering investigations
STEM is the focus, and campers will solve different engineering problems every day by designing solutions. Engineer towers, water, transportation, flight, and a final day of challenges.
June 19 – 23, 12:30 – 3 p.m., OR
August 7 – 11, 9:30 a.m. – noon

Forensic files
This year’s all-new mystery will require young CSI team members to try investigative techniques used by the pros to help us get to the bottom of this summer’s hot case.
July 17 – 21, 9:30 a.m. – noon, OR
August 7 – 11, 12:30 – 3 p.m.

Garden Caching
A new Garden adventure awaits! Explorers will search for hidden caches using compasses, maps, and GPS as they learn the etiquette of geocaching. They’ll also create a cache for others to find.
June 19 – 23, 9:30 a.m. – noon, OR
August 14 – 18, 12:30 – 3 p.m.

new! garden spa
Create plant-based products for yourself and your home. Campers will make their own soap and lip balm, discover how herbs and essential oils can make soothing sachets or potpourri, and make their own tea blend.
June 26 – 30, 9:30 a.m. – noon, OR
July 24 – 28, 12:30 – 3 p.m.

Konnichiwa Japan
Time for immersion in Japanese culture as we explore Sansho-En, learn the art of bonsai, create sushi-inspired snacks, discover the art of calligraphy, and visit the Shoin House.
June 17 – 21, 12:30 – 3 p.m., OR
August 14 – 18, 9:30 a.m. – noon

Surviving Outdoors
Explorers will discover the secrets pioneers used to find water, make a collection of safe and useful plants, create a shelter, and learn about how to predict weather and storms. 
July 10 – 14, 12:30 – 3 p.m., OR
July 24 – 28, 9:30 a.m. – noon