Discovery Camp Update – June 15, 2020

After careful consideration and to protect the health and well-being of our staff and participants, the Arboretum is suspending all in-person Discovery Camp sessions this year.

  • If you have registered your child(ren) for a camp, you may request a refund and/or donate a portion or all of your registration funds by filling out the following form. As we will be greatly impacted financially by these cancellations and do not receive state funding for our education programs, your generous donation will help further support the Arboretum’s mission.

Please see information below about the Arboretum’s new Family Camp program starting this July.

New! Family Camp at the Arboretum

Family Camp is a new Arboretum experience that provides an opportunity for a single family, household or multi-family group to experience the fun of summer camp in a safe and responsible way. Led by a single Arboretum educator, programming is held outdoors, equipment is sanitized between uses and educators are trained to deliver engaging experiences while respecting social distancing practices.

What we require of participants:

In order to participate in Family Camp at the Arboretum, families must commit to the following procedures to ensure a safe experience for your group, our visitors and our staff:

  • Be responsible and abide by all policies and procedures the Arboretum deems necessary including, but not limited to, such practices as: maintaining six feet of distance from Arboretum staff and participants outside one’s own household/family/group unit; wearing a protective face mask or covering; and frequently washing hands and/or using hand sanitizer.
  • Complete a medical and liability waiver prior to participating.
  • Ensure that a minimum ratio of one adult for every three children be present at all times. Attendance with two or more adults is strongly encouraged to allow for greater participant engagement (though your overall group must be less than 10 individuals).
  • Each family registering for camp may determine which adult(s) or youth comprise their household or group. This can include other families in order for parents to share the responsibility of the youth attending.
  • A maximum of six children are permitted within each family group. Participants attending as a household or group will not be required to distance from each other.
  • An understanding that Arboretum policies and procedures may change related to schedule and that refusal to follow Arboretum policies and procedures may result in immediate dismissal from the program.

Camp Sessions

  • Get ready for a week of family adventures in the great outdoors! You’ll learn wilderness skills like shelter and fire building, engage in outdoor sports like disc golf and geocaching, and learn to navigate in the wilderness with a map, compass and GPS unit. Put your skills to the test on a cross-country scavenger hunt and bike* ride to wrap up this exciting week and earn a special family challenge award to remember your experience. A trained Arboretum educator will guide your family on this week of adventure in the great outdoors. Our 10 miles of trails are waiting for you to join in the adventure! *Biking is an optional activity contingent upon the family bringing their own bikes.

    Cost: $75/child for Arboretum Society Members and active ecoEXPLORE participants. $95/child for general public.

    Session Options: 

    July 6-10, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    July 6-10, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Click here to sign up for more info.

  • Come explore all the natural wonders of our 434-acre campus guided by a professional environmental educator. You’ll get behind-the-scenes access to some of the exciting field biology practices that scientists use at the Arboretum, including placing tracking bands on songbirds, tracking box turtles with radio telemetry and monitoring salamanders using coverboards. Your family will have an exclusive experience with a single Arboretum educator while exploring the biodiversity of our area. Put your new skills to work as you accomplish a family BioBlitz to share your nature observations with scientists and receive a special recognition to commemorate your efforts and remember the fun!

    Cost: $75/child for Arboretum Society Members and active ecoEXPLORE participants. $95/child for general public.

    July 13-17, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    July 13-17, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    July 27-31, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    July 27-31, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Click here to sign up for more info.


For more information about the Discovery Camp program, contact Michelle Pearce, School and Public Programs Coordinator, at 828-665-2492 ext. 624.