Summer Camps at The Gardens

The Gardens on Spring Creek is offering opportunities for exploration and investigation of gardening and the natural world this summer. Our camps are full of garden–centric games, nature art, music, and cooking ~ especially suitable for children ages 5 to 11 years old.

Your child can expect unique programming each week of camp. Pre-registration is required. Scholarships are available. A $10 discount is offered with a family membership to The Gardens.

Summer Camp is held outdoors in the garden. Children should dress for the weather, bring water, and wear sunscreen & hat (if preferred). Half day camps please bring water and snack. Full day camps please bring water, snack, and a bagged lunch.

Children may be dropped off as early as 8 a.m.; camp programming will not begin until 9 a.m. For afternoon camps, children may be picked up as late as 5 p.m., but programming will end at 4 p.m.


Gardeners and Chefs

How does a tomato seed transform all the way into a bowl of salsa? In this “family-style” cooking camp, we cook together, clean together and eat together, instilling a great atmosphere full of teamwork and fun while trying new and obscure foods!

Note: All recipes can be adjusted to fit food allergies.

June 8–12, 9 a.m.-Noon, $135
July 6–10, 9 a.m.-Noon, $135
Aug 3–7, 9 a.m.-Noon, $135


Insect Investigators

Insect Investigators
Racing cockroaches, giant spider webs and up-cycled insect creations make for an exciting and educational week spent learning about and interacting with bugs! Several different entomology experts will be joining us to give advice about beekeeping, how to encourage helpful bugs into our gardens and tips to prevent invasions of the pesky ones!

HALF DAY CAMP:
June 15–19, 9 a.m.-Noon,$135

Summer Camp Lunch Break:
Pack a lunch and stay at The Gardens for supervised fun in the Children’s Garden from Noon-1 p.m. for an additional $20 for the week.

FULL-DAY CAMP:
Insect Investigators & For the Birds
June 15–19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $230


For the Birds

How do bird beaks pick up different kinds of food? Why do some birds fly south for the winter and other birds end up here? We’ll go bird watching, create bird crafts and even interact with some brightly colored, winged friends!

HALF DAY CAMP:
June 15–19, 1-4 p.m., $135

Summer Camp Lunch Break:
Pack a lunch and come early to The Gardens for supervised fun in the Children’s Garden from Noon-1 p.m. for an additional $20 for the week.

FULL DAY CAMP:
Insect Investigators & For the Birds,
June 15–19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.,$230


Music in the Gardens

Grab your enthusiasm and passion for the stage and join guest instructor Saja Butler from Urban Monk Studios for a music-based theatre spectacular! All skill levels of musicians, costume design, acting and directing are welcome. If you’re ready to sing and dance your way to stardom then this is the camp for you!

HALF DAY CAMP:
June 22–26, 9 a.m.-Noon, $135

Summer Camp Lunch Break:
Pack a lunch and stay at The Gardens for supervised fun in the Children’s Garden from Noon-1 p.m. for an additional $20 for the week.

FULL DAY CAMP:
Music in the Gardens & Budding Artists,
June 22–26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $230


Budding Artists

Come create art while you’re in the garden and even create art out of garden materials! Crafty projects to jazz up your garden and even a few to add art to your house! With guest artists all week, each featuring a different style of artwork, this camp is going to be hands-on, creative fun!

HALF DAY CAMPS:
June 22–26, 1-4 p.m., $135
Aug 10–14, 9 a.m.-Noon, $135

Summer Camp Lunch Break:
Pack a lunch and come early or stay late at The Gardens for supervised fun in the Children’s Garden from Noon-1 p.m. for an additional $20 for the week.

FULL DAY CAMP:
Music in the Gardens & Budding Artists
June 22–26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $230


Kid-ologist

Walk in the shoes of a different kind of –ologist each day! Zoologists, biologists, geologists, ornithologists, entomologists and more! We’ll be looking at nature up close, dissecting, examining and using hand-lenses, microscopes and binoculars.

HALF DAY CAMP:
July 13-17, 9 a.m.-Noon, $135

Summer Camp Lunch Break:
Pack a lunch and stay at The Gardens for supervised fun in the Children’s Garden from Noon-1 p.m. for an additional $20 for the week.

FULL DAY CAMP:
Kid-ologist & Tree-mendous Adventures
July 13–17, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., $230


Tree-mendous Adventures

What kind of tree can fit into your hand? A palm tree! How can you tell that a tree is a dogwood tree? By its bark! Come ready to learn about all things trees in this arbor-themed camp. We’ll learn about tree care, native trees to Colorado and even plant a tree to take home!

HALF DAY CAMP:
July 13-17, 1-4 p.m., $135

Summer Camp Lunch Break:
Pack a lunch and come early to The Gardens for supervised fun in the Children’s Garden from Noon-1 p.m. for an additional $20 for the week.

FULL DAY CAMP:
Kid-ologist & Tree-mendous Adventures
July 13–17,9 a.m.–4 p.m., $230

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