Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Botanical Garden summer camps in Des Moines allow youth to explore the natural world through the lens of their favorite activities. Using the gardens as unique classrooms, our summer day camps inspire youth to create and explore with hands-on activities. Guest speakers from a wide range of expertise will participate. All camps run 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and are designed for first- through fifth-graders unless otherwise noted.
June 17-19: Habitat Detectives (3 days)
Youth will explore the vast array of plants and animals that have adapted to live in Earth’s many ecosystems from deserts to tropical rain forests.June 22-26: Budding Chefs
Youth will not only have the chance to taste dishes they prepare but also learn how to correctly measure ingredients and follow a recipe. Little chefs will learn to connect the ingredients they use to where they come from during this exciting week of camp that celebrates the tastier side of plants! Note: another identical week of this camp is being offered Aug. 3-7.June 29-July 1: Garden Guests (3 days)
From tiny insects to flying birds to large mammals, this camp will investigate the many different animals that burrow under, live in and visit gardens.
July 6-10: Garden Artists
The Botanical Garden’s plant collection and unique garden spaces serve as the perfect inspiration for young artists! Youth will learn many fun ways to make art from nature including sun prints, painting, sculpture and flower arranging.
July 13-17: Magic in the Garden
The youth will explore the magic of the garden using basic chemistry skills. Experiments with solids, liquids, and gases to create potions and elixirs will make them feel like a real wizard. If you forget your magic wand, don’t worry…we will make one during this exciting week of camp.
July 20-24: Junior Botanists
Youth take a closer look at what makes plants so unique, including performing a flower and seed dissection. From planting to science experiments to exploring ecosystems, this week will open up a whole new side of the garden.
July 27-31: Plants Unleashed!
This camp will focus on investigating the most unusual, rare and exotic plant species while discovering why they have adapted to be so unique. From plants that eat insects to plants that smell like rotting flesh, we will explore all the mysterious plants that you just have to see to believe.
Aug. 3-7: Budding Chefs
Youth will not only have the chance to taste dishes they prepare but also learn how to correctly measure ingredients and follow a recipe. Little chefs will learn to connect the ingredients they use to where they come from during this exciting week of camp that celebrates the tastier side of plants! Note: another identical week of this camp is being offered June 22-26.
NEW! Aug. 10-12: Plant Avengers (3 days, grades 5-8)
Plant Avengers assemble! Join this group of Earth’s mightiest heroes as we discover the crucial role that plants play in the planet’s survival and how they have adapted to do this.
Full-Week Summer Camps:
Members $210, Nonmembers $250
Three-Day Summer Camps:
Members $125, Members with extended care $155
Nonmembers $150, Nonmembers with extended care $180
Extended care for summer day camps:
$30/youth which includes both AM and PM care for all three days of camp.
Available from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and 3:00-4:30 p.m.