Youth and Family Programs

Youth and Family programs appeal to children ages 2 to 18 with investigative science, gardening, and career exploration. Together, adults and children can explore cool things about how plants connect to science, art, history, and culture.

Nature Preschool

Nature Preschool

Nature Preschool will delight and engage your 3- or 4-year-old in an adventure of discovery about the natural world and prepare them for a future of lifelong learning.

Summer Camp

Summer Camp

Children participate in high-quality learning activities with experienced teachers who use inquiry-based, hands-on activities. Programming connects nature to a range of themes including art, cuisine, and conservation. Children will dissect and plant seeds, explore fragrant herbs and flowers, search for birds and plants on nature hikes, create take-home science-themed projects, and much more!


School Break Camps

Break Camps

The Chicago Botanic Garden offers day camps for children during winter, spring, and summer school breaks. Our day camps are accredited by the American Camping Association. Your child can explore the Garden with nature and plant investigations, science and art activities, and outdoor discoveries all year long! Each camp is lead by highly qualified staff.

School Day-Off Camp

School Day Off camp

Children participate in fun learning activities that connect nature to a range of content, including plants, weather, art, cuisine, and conservation. These camps will be held outside; please dress for the weather.