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The Gardens on Spring Creek has been working closely with the City of Fort Collins and Larimer County to ensure the safety of our guests, volunteers and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic through social distancing measures and capped attendance. All visitors - including Members - are required to reserve admissions tickets for a specific date and time prior to arriving at The Gardens. Visit the admissions page for ticketing information.

Visit The Gardens COVID-19 guidelines page to review all of our COVID-19 guidelines and procedures.

Camps

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Outdoor Classroom

The Gardens is the place to be when school is not in session!  Join us on teacher workdays, spring break and all summer for fun, experiential garden adventures!  Each camp is specially designed to match the season and are full of garden-centric games, exploration and art, music and cooking.  Activities are especially suitable for children having completed kindergarten through completed fourth grade.

With abundant guidance from City, County and State Health Officials, we will be hosting in-person camps with specific protocols and procedures to keep our campers, guests and staff healthy and safe.  Our camps will continue to be primarily outside, if the weather allows, or in inside spaces separate from the public.

 A few noticeable changes:

  • All campers and staff will be required to practice social distancing and wear masks whenever possible
  • Hands-free student drop-off and pick-up with symptom checking
  • Increased disinfecting and handwashing protocols
  • Registration capped at 20 campers on site with students in static groups of 10 students for most of the time

Pre-registration is required for all camps.  Scholarships are available.  A 10 percent discount is offered with a family membership to The Gardens. Camp is held outdoors, so children should be dressed for the weather, bring water and wear sunscreen and a hat (if preferred).  The Gardens does not provide meals so please pack a lunch and two snacks.  

Children may be dropped off as early as 8:30 a.m. and picked up as late as 4:30 p.m., but camp programming will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The Gardens close at 5 p.m.

Camp Scholarships

We feel strongly that, as a community garden, we are an important resource for all members of the Northern Colorado community.  Fueled by that belief, we offer need-based scholarships for youth classes and programs to income-qualifying families, up to $250 a year. Please submit the following application:

Youth Program Scholarship Application

Solicitud de Beca Para los Programas 

Camp Refund policy: The Gardens on Spring Creek requires a two-week notice for a full refund of camp fees. If camp is cancelled by The Gardens on Spring Creek for any reason, a full refund will be issued.

School's Out! Day Campshighlight_off

School's Out! Day Camps are available for children in kindergarten through fifth grade on teacher work days and school's out days. Each camp offers opportunities for exploration and investigation of gardening and the natural world. Each of our camps has a unique theme that brings together games, science, exploration and art all in through the lens of The Gardens.  Activities are especially suitable for children ages five to 10 years old or having completed or currently enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade.

We will add more dates as school districts confirm their schedules. 

Time:  9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  |  Cost:  $55 per child

Scholarships are available and pre-registration is required. 

Registration Opens for Fall 2021 on Aug 2nd

Spring Break Camphighlight_off
Boy reading journal at spring break camp

We offer a new and exciting Spring Break Camp each year!  Spring Break Camp at The Gardens offers opportunities for exploration and investigation of gardening and the natural world. Each of our camps has a unique theme that brings together games, science, exploration and art all in through the lens of The Gardens.  Activities are especially suitable for children ages five to 10 years old or having completed or currently enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade.

You never know what adventure is next during Spring Break Camp at The Gardens!  

Scholarships are available and pre-registration is required.

Registration Opens for 2022 on Jan 14th

Summer Campshighlight_off

Fun, outdoor summer opportunities for investigation of gardening and the natural world – our camps are full of garden–centric activities, gardening, art, science, animals and cooking!  Unique programming is guaranteed each week of camp.  Children should be dressed for the weather.  Please bring water, snack, sunscreen and a lunch.  Pre-registration is required.  Summer camps are especially planned and geared for children ages six to 11 years, or children who are entering first through fifth grades.

The cost for camp is $250 per child, per week.  Members of The Gardens receive a 10 percent discount.  Scholarships are available

Note: Children may be dropped off as early as 8:30 a.m. and picked up as late as 4:30 p.m.; camp programming will not begin until 9:00 a.m. and will end at 4:00 p.m. The Gardens close at 5 p.m.

Gardeners and Chefs - Allergy Aware#

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Join us for a week of cooking and gardening!  Campers will spend the week learning and making fun recipes, exploring the plants that flavor our foods and making their own book of recipes to take home. 

This week of Allergy Aware camp will feature dairy-free, gluten-free and nut-free recipes.  We can also accommodate any other food allergies / sensitivities with advance notice.

If you have additional questions, concerns or would like to review the ingredients list, please call The Gardens before registering at 970.416.2486.  Please reserve spots in this week of camp for students who would benefit from an allergy-friendly experience.

June 7 - 11  |  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  |  $250

SOLD OUT: Please call 970.416.2486 to be put on the waitlist

Garden Animals#

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The Gardens on Spring Creek is an animal's paradise!  Spend the week exploring the relationship between the animals and plants that live in The Gardens. 

Campers will get up close and personal with garden critters and the evidence they leave behind.  Whether we are building habitats, practicing our skills of camouflage or learning how to talk to birds, it's going to be a wild time!

June 14 - 18  |  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  |  $250

SOLD OUT: Please call 970.416.2486 to be put on the waitlist

Garden Superheroes#

Garden Superheroes

Do you have what it takes to care for and protect The Gardens from garden villains?  We will encounter characters like Captain Rot the Destroyer, The Trickster Trio, Invasive Ivy, Evil Emerald Ash Borer, Minion Smog and Pitch Dark Cave.  This week, campers will work together and discover what we have the powers and the knowledge to be Garden Superheroes and save our gardens and the world.

June 21 - 25  |  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  |  $250

SOLD OUT: Please call 970.416.2486 to be put on the waitlist

Garden Visual Arts#

kids making art

Learn to see the natural world through the perspective of an artist.  Gardens provide us with inspiration, materials and a beautiful environment to create in. 

Campers will explore the world of art outside, create their own field art kit and practice using a variety of different mediums including watercolors, natural pigments, pencils, pastels, natural items and clay.

June 28 - July 2  |  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  |  $250

SOLD OUT: Please call 970.416.2486 to be put on the waitlist

Garden STEM (Kindergarten - Second Grade)#

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This camp is especially geared for younger STEM students.  Did you know Velcro was inspired by a plant!?  Plants can inspire the most wonderful inventions! Campers will learn to ask deep questions and design solutions to real-world problems.

Each day, participants will harness science, technology, engineering and math skills to tackle new and exciting challenges like designing garden-inspired inventions, exploring tiny things through microscopes and learning to harness the power of the sun!

SOLD OUT: Please call 970.416.2486 to be put on the waitlist

Garden STEM (Third - Fifth Grade)#

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This camp is especially engineered for older STEM students.  The garden can be your own laboratory!  The Gardens are steaming with secrets to be discovered and puzzles to solve!  Campers will learn to ask deep questions and design solutions to real-world problems.

Each day, participants will harness science, technology, engineering and math skills to tackle new and exciting challenges like designing garden-inspired inventions, exploring tiny things through microscopes and learning to harness the power of the sun!

July 19 - 23  |  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  |  $250

SOLD OUT: Please call 970.416.2486 to be put on the waitlist

Garden Detectives#

kids exploring the gardens

The Gardens is full of mysteries and puzzles.  Join us for a week of brain teasers, treasure hunts and challenges that expand our knowledge about The Gardens and the natural world. 

Campers will start each day with a new mystery to solve using our senses, critical thinking, geo-caching, compasses and teamwork.

July 26 - 30  |  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  |  $250

SOLD OUT: Please call 970.416.2486 to be put on the waitlist

Garden Entomology#

kids doing experiments

Butterflies, beetles and bees, oh my!  In this camp, participants will learn all about the world of entomology and hear from real-life entomologists about their careers.  Each day, campers will focus on a different species of insect and how important they are to the garden and the world around us.

Between the Butterfly House and the gardens, this camp is sure to bee a good time!

August 2 - 6  |  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  |  $250

SOLD OUT: Please call 970.416.2486 to be put on the waitlist

Gardeners and Chefs#

Gardeners and Chefs

Join us for a week of gardening and cooking at the Gardens on Spring Creek.  Campers will spend the week learning and making fun recipes, exploring the plants that flavor our foods and making their own book of recipes to take home!

This week of Gardeners and Chefs will feature more conventional recipes than our Allergy Aware camp but activities will be very similar.  It is not recommended that children attend both.  If you have any recipe concerns, please call The Gardens before signing up at 970.416.2486.

August 9 - 13  |  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  |  $250

SOLD OUT: Please call 970.416.2486 to be put on the waitlist